By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Howie Ryan Invitational Results | New Mexico Don Kirby Results
HOUSTON – The Rice Owls women’s track and field team closed out the indoor regular season in style, winning four different events at Friday’s Howie Ryan Invitational at Yeoman Fieldhouse (University of Houston).
In total the Owls placed seven athletes in the top three and had five personal best finishes. After winning the 5000m last week at Texas A&M, Rice junior Katie Jensen took gold in the mile with a lifetime best mark of 4:58.75 and right behind her was teammate Abigail Cartwright (5:00.33) finishing second.
One week after Daisy Ding won the triple jump in her final attempt at Texas A&M, fellow junior teammate Cybil Obiozor duplicated the feat by edging Ding in her last jump. Obiozor, from Pearland, Texas, set an indoor personal best with a winning leap of 12.80m (42-00.00). Ding placed second overall with a mark of 12.70m (41-08.00)
Sophomore distance runner Elsa Racasan took gold racing in her first 3000m race of her collegiate career, winning by nearly five full seconds. The Owls fourth victory of the night came in the distance medley relay, where the foursome of Lucrecia Aguliar, Fabiola Andujar-Perez, Cartwright and Cali Roper finished first overall in a time of 12:17.27.
Junior Hannah Kay finished second among all collegiate runners in her first-ever 800m race, finishing in a time of 2:20.87.
Sophomore vaulter Ayane Rossano posted her highest finish of her collegiate career by placing second in the pole vault with a mark of 3.55m (11-07.75). In the throws, juniors Dreu Dixson (weight throw, 16.24m) and Ijeoma Ugwunze (shot put, 13.80m) each placed fifth in their respective events.
In addition to the Howie Ryan Invitational, senior Belle MacFarlane finished first collegiately, second overall, in the high jump (1.74m) at the New Mexico Don Kirby meet.
The Owls will now set their eyes on the C-USA Indoor Championships, which will take place Feb. 24-25 in Birmingham, Ala.