Uke Claims USTFCCCA First-Team All-American Honors
March 14, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Rice senior thrower Claire Uke achieved USTFCCCA First-Team All-American status and placed eighth (17.14m, 56-2.75) in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships for a second-consecutive season Saturday afternoon at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Uke bettered her performance at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships in which she threw 16.73m (54-10.75).
"We're so proud of Claire and the year she's had," Rice women's track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. "She performed better than she did at last year nationals and she had to because the competition was tougher this season. She had a sensational indoor season and it's a big accomplishment to be among the top eight in the nation. She's come a long way and to perform like she did on the big stage is very special."
Uke's best throw came in round two but she also had throws of 17.11 and 17.06 on her final two attempts. The All-American closes out a strong indoor campaign in which she had five individual victories, won her third consecutive C-USA Indoor shot put title and broke Regina Cavanaugh's 29-year-old school record with a conference-winning and lifetime-best throw of 17.95m (58-10.75).
Saturday consisted of a very talented field in which Southern Illinois' Raven Saunders took the national title with a throw of 18.62m (61-1.25), edging out LSU's Tori Bliss (18.47m-60-7.25).