Women's T&F Shines at UH Tune-Up
Feb. 13, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas- The Rice Owls women's track and field squad earned three individual victories and seven, top-three finishes at the University of Houston's Tune-Up meet Friday afternoon at Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Rice sophomore distance runner Cali Roper set a new personal best and meet record time of 9:48.75 to win the 3000m, the first indoor victory of her career in the event. Junior teammate Eleanor Wardleworth placed third in the event with a personal best time of 9:57.00.
Senior vaulter Marielle Brisbois became the fifth athlete in school history to join the 13-foot club in the pole vault, winning Friday's event with a personal best and meet record vault of 4.10m (13-05.25). The Dallas, Texas native cleared the 4.10m mark on her final attempt, edging out Texas State's Anicka Newell (4.00m).
Sophomore Daisy Ding picked up her first career indoor triple jump victory with a distance of 12.29m (40-04.00) and was joined in the top three by sophomore Cybil Obiozor (3rd-12.14m). Reigning C-USA Indoor high jump champion Belle MacFarlane made her first appearance of the season after coming back from injury and finished second with a 1.65m (5-05.00) performance.
"We're starting to get healthy and come together as a complete unit at the right time," Rice women's track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. "I'm really proud to see Marielle compete like she has been the last couple of weeks and Belle performed well in her first action of the season. Simone Martin is also rounding back into shape after an injury so we've got some real positive things going for us heading into the C-USA Championships."
Rice's Claire Uke and Ijeoma Ugwunze will compete at tomorrow's shot put at the New Mexico Invitational and then the rest of the Owls will prep for the C-USA Indoor Championships set for Feb. 25-26 in Birmingham, Alabama.