March 29, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice Owls women's track and field squad closed the 32nd annual Victor Lopez Classic in style Saturday, winning six events and placing nine in the top three.
Rice won the event with a team score of 158 points, followed by Sam Houston State (72.50).
Junior thrower Claire Uke continued her dominant year, winning both the discus and shot put. Uke nearly performaed a PR in the discus (48.25m) but the mark was still good enough for the third-best distance in Conference USA this season. She won the shot put with a heave of 16.28m (53-05.00). The two victories give Uke seven total dating back to the beginning of the indoor season.
Uke's victories were two of five total on the day for the Owls in field events. Rice freshman Daisy Ding set a PR and won her first collegiate event with a mark of 12.44m in the triple jump and later finished second in the high jump (15-05.00) behind teammate Belle MacFarlane. Coming off a victory in the high jump at the C-USA Indoor Championships, MacFarlane carried that momentum into the outdoor season with a 5-07.00 leap to seal first.
McKenzie Johnson also won in the field events, placing first in the pole vault (12-09.50) for her second victory of the young outdoor campaign.
Rice also had a strong day on the track, winning the 4x100 with a time of 45.96 by the foursome of Simone Martin, Eboni Sutherland, Precious Knighton and Tyneisha McCoy. The Owls also placed second in the 4x400 (3:46.96). McCoy placed second in the 400m dash (55.09) while Sutherland finished fourth in both the 100 and 200m dash.
As a team Rice defeated Houston Baptist, 104-75.
Rice will next compete in the SFA Invite next weekend in Nacogdoches while also sending a few athletes to Palo Alto to the Stanford Invitational.