Sunday Heat Sheets | Full Results
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Rice Owls women’s track and field team opened day one of the Conference USA Indoor Championships in style by winning the distance medley relay and earning 24 team points in five scored events Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The foursome of Elsa Racasan, Bryanah Rideaux, Hannah Bablak and Katie Jensen combined to cross the finish line in a season-best time of 11:34.73, holding off Southern Miss (11:41.82). The Owls finished just two second shy of the C-USA Indoor Championships record.
“This was a good first day for the Owls,” Rice head coach Jim Bevan said. “We had lots of personal and season bests. We went 1-2 in the opening heat of the mile (qualifying Katie and Elsa) and then they came back four hours later by opening and anchoring the winning DMR. Bryanah ran the victory 400 leg and Hannah ran the victory 800 leg. Cali ran yet another great race for Rice, finishing second in the 5000m and Khayla passed four in the last lap to personal best. Tomorrow promises to be a very exciting day, event to event.”
Rice senior Cali Roper earned the Owls an additional eight team points in the 5000m by placing second in a time of 16:47.45 while freshman teammate Khayla Patel added an additional five points with a fourth place finish of 17:19.89 in her first 5000m race of the season. Rice freshman Camille Little also secured two points for the Owls with a seventh place results in the long jump, setting a season-best distance of 5.66m (18-07.00).
The Owls also qualified four individual athletes for Sunday finals, which included a first-place lifetime-best finish (4:52.76) in the prelims of the mile from Jensen. Racasan placed fourth in the same event, qualifying for Sunday with a time of 4:53.39.
Sophomore Hannah Jackson ran a superb qualifying 200m, finishing third in a time of 23.93, which rated as the second-best time in C-USA this season. In addition, freshman Hannah Bablak set a season-best time of 2:15.38 in the 800m prelims to qualify for Sunday.
Other personal bests included Zinedine Russell (3237 points) and Amanda Pasko (3142 points) in the pentathlon, Jackson in the 60m dash (7.65) and Dreu Dixson (17.31m) and Ijeoma Ugwunze (16.81m) in the weight throw.
Action will resume on Sunday morning beginning at 11 a.m. with the women’s high jump.