March 22, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice junior thrower Claire Uke posted a lifetime best mark to win the shot put on the final day of the TSU relays Saturday afternoon. Uke surpassed her previous lifetime best mark of 16.49m with a heave of 16.92m (55-06.25) on Saturday, beating the next closest opponent by nearly eight feet. The victory was Uke’s eighth of her career in outdoor competition in the shot put.
“I continue to be so impressed with Claire and her ability to keep improving,” Rice women’s track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. “Along with Claire we had some really good performances and this leads us into our big meet next weekend.”
The Owls also had a big presence in the 1500m run with former Rice great and current volunteer coach Lennie Waite placing first (4:32.59) and senior Heather Olson finishing second (4:36.59) with the top collegiate mark. Allie Schaich (7th-4:42.53) and Kathleen Abadie (9th-4:52.76) also placed in the top 10 in the 1500m.
Freshman jumper Daisy Ding performed well for a second straight day in the field events, finishing second (12.18m) in the triple jump while fellow freshman Cybil Obiozor placed fourth with a PR of 11.68m. Freshman Ijeoma Ugwunze continues to impress and recorded a lifetime best mark of 45-3.75 in the shot put.
Junior Tyneisha McCoy placed fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 11.89, improving upon her qualifying 12.39 on Friday.
The Owls now shift their attention to the Victor Lopez Classic next weekend. The meet, which features over 40 high schools and 20 universities, will run Thursday-Saturday with high school action on both Thursday and Friday. Collegiate action will begin on Friday and again on Saturday with finals running that evening from 6-9 p.m.