Howie Ryan Invitational Results (PDF)
HOUSTON – The Rice Owls women’s T&F team competed at three different meets on Friday, setting several personal/season bests in the final weekend before the C-USA Indoor Championships next week.
A majority of the Owls participated locally at the Howie Ryan Invitational, hosted by the University of Houston, while a select few traveled to New Mexico for the Don Kirby Invite and junior Katie Jensen ran in Seattle, Wash at the Husky Classic.
At UH’s Yeoman Fieldhouse the Owls won four events and placed in the top three in 11 events. Rice dominated in the distance events, led by a first place finish from Elsa Racasan in the mile. The junior from France set an indoor personal best mark of 4:51, lapping part of the field and claiming the top time in C-USA. Khayla Patel (2nd-5:09.29) and Hannah Kay (5th-5:12.51) also delivered strong performances in the mile.
The Owls also got a victory from senior Cali Roper (9:52.36), who dominated the 3000m by lapping everyone except for second place finisher Abby Halm. Rice’s Mia Hofstad also made her inaugural indoor race debut placing fourth in the 3000m.
In the 800m, freshman Hannah Bablak (2:18.45) outkicked teammate Brooke Johnson (2:18.96) to finish two-three among collegiate runners.
Senior Ijeoma Ugwunze (McKinney, Texas) won the shot put for the second time during the indoor season with a winning throw of 14.47m (47-05.75) while teammates Dheryl Batts (12.97m) and Richon Rogers (11.62m) established season-bests in the same event.
Also in the throws, the Owls received a second-place, season-best performance from senior Dreu Dixson (Dallas) in the weight throw (17.00m/55-09.25) while Batts also set a season-best (15.39m).
Freshman Michelle Fokam (Katy, Texas) won her first collegiate event in the triple jump with a winning leap of 11.92m (39-01.25), the ninth-best mark this C-USA season. Fokam also made the finals of the long jump and set a season-best (5.46m/17-11.00).
Freshman Zinedine Russell (Kingston, Jamaica) competed in four events Friday, which was capped by a sixth place finish in the 60m hurdles in which she set personal-best (9.04). Another freshman,
Camille Little, ran in three events and established a personal best in the 60m dash (7.71) to finish first among all collegiate competitors. Little also competed in the long jump and ran her first 400m of her life in the 4x400. In that same 60m dash, senior Eboni Sutherland set a lifetime best (7.80).
Ayane Rosano and Kylie Swiekatowski placed third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault while former Owl Ari Ince won by clearing 4.20m.
In Albuquerque Rice’s Hannah Jackson established an indoor personal best of 24.11 in the 200m and Bryanah Rideaux had an indoor personal best in the same event.
Reigning C-USA Female Athlete of the Week Katie Jensen represented the Owls in Seattle and ran a lifetime best of 16:04.78 in the 5000m, placing seventh among collegiate runners and claiming the 12th-best time in the nation this season. It was also the second-fastest time ever run by an Owl in the event, behind only Becky Wade.
“In Houston we had the right meet for most of our team to get a lot of work in their events,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “We had some tremendous performances in New Mexico and Katie was superb at the meet in Seattle. Overall, I’m very pleased with today’s results. It’s a short season and we are rounding into form. We had a ton of personal bests today, so we look forward to continuing this momentum into next week at the C-USA Championships.”
The Owls will now gear up for the C-USA Indoor Championships, which will take place Feb. 18-19 in Birmingham, Ala.