by Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday Results | Sunday Heats
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Rice sophomore jumper Michelle Fokam claimed the Owls first-ever C-USA Indoor long jump title Saturday afternoon at the Birmingham CrossPlex, highlighting the team's day one performance at the C-USA Championships.
Fokam, from Katy, Texas (Seven Lakes HS), set a lifetime best and became the first C-USA athlete to eclipse the six meter mark this season with a leap of 6.13m (20-01.50) on her fourth attempt to seal the victory. As of Saturday her mark was also Top-25 in the nation. In that same event, sophomore Camille Little earned an additional four points for the Owls with a fifth place finish of 5.72m (18-09.25).
In the distance events, freshman Lourdes Vivas de Lorenzi scored five points for the Owls in her C-USA Championship debut with a fourth place result (17:19.19) in the 5000m. Also earning five points for the Owls was the distance medley relay squad of Elsa Racasan, Akuria Young, Hannah Bablak and Khayla Patel. The foursome finished with a season-best time of 11:47.22.
Patel (4:58.09) and Racasan (4:57.53) were also qualifiers for Sunday's finals of the mile, as was sophomore sprinter Hannah Jackson in the 200m, who led all sprinters with a qualifying time of 23.60.
As a team the Owls sit in third place with 24 points and will be back in action on Sunday with field events starting at 11 a.m.