March 17, 2012
Houston - Rice's 4x400m relay quartet placed first on the final day of action at the TSU Relays, hosted by Texas Southern on Saturday. Also, freshman Claire Uke won the shot put event.
"Our 4x400 ran very competitive each leg, with Maya Kirk leading off and handing the lead to Candace Springer, who maintained the lead and passed to Lilian Nwora who was just passed on the homestretch. Tyneisha (McCoy) took the baton five meters back and passed on the backstretch, the runner from Prairie View passed her on the homestretch and Ty dug down and fought back for the win," said an elated Jim Bevan, Rice's head coach.
Also, the Owls' 4x100m team of Kirk, McCoy, Precious Knighton, and Springer placed second in the event with a time of 46.65.
In the 400m, McCoy, a freshman, was impressive with a third-place time of 56.56. Also, Lilian Nwora was sixth (58.58). Also placing sixth was Sarah Mason in the mile with a time of 4:47.47.
In the 100m, Springer captured first place with a time of 12.21.
In the shot put, freshman Claire Uke continues her upward progress with a first-place throw of 15.46m/50-8.75. Olivia Williams, another freshman thrower, finished sixth (12.24m/40-2).
"Claire Uke thowing over 50-feet is a big step for her," stated Bevan. "She is improving by leaps and bounds and has an unbelievable bright future. The last freshman to throw this far was Regina Cavanaugh, 29 years ago."
Rice is in action next weekend (March 23-24) as it hosts the Victor Lopez Classic at Holloway Field/Ley Track on the Rice campus.
Rice Women's Results from Saturday
1, Candace Springer, 12.21