Feb. 18e, 2008
Rice's women's track and field team posted a total 10 personal records and 13 season bests while competing in a pair of indoor invitationals this past weekend that served as the final competition before the Owls defend their C-USA indoor team title next weekend.
"We had a good weekend," Rice head coach Jim Bevan said. "These meets were a step up in terms of number of competitors and the frantic pace of the schedule. It was great to see so many of them handle the challenge and perform so well," he added.
Most of the Bevan's team competed in the Tyson Invitational, held on the campus of the University of Arkansas, while the vaulters traveled with the Rice men's team to compete in the Husky Invitational in Seattle.
Rachel Greff, the two-time defending C-USA indoor champion, made the trip a productive one, with a personal record vault of 13-1 3/4 , which placed her second among collegiate competitors, as well in the national top 20.
Senior Lennie Waite led the Owls in Arkansas. She won the college division of the mile, finishing in a provisional qualifying time of 4:47.64, which was also her career best. She also established personal record while finishing second in the collegiate 800 meters (2:10.93). Callie Wells was second to Waite in the mile, finishing in 4:48.03. Those two combined with Nicole Mericle and Victoria Walker to finished fourth in the distance medley relay, posting a provisional qualifying time of 11:28.30. Senior Marissa Daniels finished second in the collegiate 3,000 in 9:58.39.
The Owls 4x400 meter relay (Sarah Lyons, Desarie Walwyn, Chandra Ewing, Brittany Washington) posted the Owls fastest time in the event since 2004, finishing eighth in a time of 3:41.60.
In the field events at Arkansas, the Owls were again led by sophomore Eunique Hamilton, who recorded her third personal best in as many meets, finishing fourth among collegians with a jump of 40-6. She finished in a tie for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5-6.
The C-USA Indoor Championships will be held on February 28-March 1 at the Yeoman Fieldhouse on the University of Houston campus;