By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON - A day after collecting her 17th career outdoor victory, Rice senior All-American thrower Claire Uke notched another win to her legendary career with a first place finish in the shot put Saturday afternoon on the final day of the TSU Relays.
Uke, who won by setting a lifetime best mark (52.92m) in the discus on Friday, took gold in the shot put on Saturday with a heave of 16.53m (54-02.75) to best second place teammate Ijeoma Ugwunze (13.43m). Uke's throw of 16.53m was the best in C-USA this season by nearly 3.0 meters.
"I think it's an understatement to say it's great to have Claire Uke back this season," Rice women's T&F head coach Jim Bevan said in regards to Uke redshirting in 2015. "She looked sharp for her first competition of the season. The team as a whole performed great considering we were a bit shorthanded. It was just good to get back out there and compete after the long layoff between the indoor and outdoor seasons."
An NCAA All-American honorable mention last season, Rice junior Cybil Obiozor began the 2016 outdoor season with a bang by winning her first career outdoor triple jump event with a mark of 12.43m (40-09.50). Obiozor's jump was the second-best in C-USA this season.
Junior Brooke Johnson finished with the top collegiate mark in the 800m (2:17.24), setting a new lifetime best and posting the second-best time in C-USA this season.
Former Rice All-American Becky Wade competed in the 1500m and won going away in a time of 4:30.79. She was followed by current Owls Abigail Cartwright (4th overall, 1st collegiately- 4:43.42) and Lucrecia Aguilar (6th overall, 2nd collegiately- 4:54.25).
In the sprints, junior Eboni Sutherland posted third place finishes in the finals of both the 100m (12.01) and 200m (25.04-PR), each of which was a career-best finish.
The Owls will next host the Victor Lopez Classic, which runs next week, March 24-26 at Wendel D. Ley Track.