By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
UH Alumni Invitational Results
HOUSTON – Rice redshirt freshman sprinter Hannah Jackson led a strong performance by the Owls women’s track & field team at Saturday’s UH Alumni Invitational.
The Sulphur, Louisiana native climbed to 10th in the NCAA (first in C-USA) this season in the 200m dash with a winning time of 23.00, the best 200 time under all conditions by a Rice athlete. That performance came on the heels of a third place finish (first amongst collegians) in the 100m dash, moving into the top 20 in the nation and claiming the top time in C-USA with a finish of 11.44.
Jackson’s performance was complimented by strong efforts in the jumps from senior Daisy Ding and freshman Michelle Fokam. Ding won the triple jump with a season-best distance of 13.05m (42-09.75), which leads all of C-USA and is 10th in the country. Fokam, from Katy, cleared 6.28m (20-07.25) in the long jump to place second overall and in the process grabbed the top C-USA mark this season and moved to ninth in the nation.
The Owls also got strong field performances from seniors Dreu Dixson, Cybil Obiozor and Dheryl Batts. Dixson saved her best throw for last in the hammer throw, unleashing a heave of 54.94m (180-03) to place second overall. Obiozor placed third in the triple jump (12.33m/40-05.50) while Batts set a season-best in the discus with a distance of 42.01m (137-10).
Senior Brooke Johnson also finished third in the 800m (2:14.55) while freshman Camille Little continued her strong campaign with a sixth place results in the long jump (5.95m/19-06.25).
Rice will next be in action next weekend when they partake in the Texas Invitational in Austin, April 14-15.