April 11, 2009
The Rice Owls women's track and field team won New Mexico's Tailwind Invitational with 140 points, just ahead of Northern Arizona who finished second with 135 points.
The meet was barely underway when the first of four 30-minute lightning delays forced the mandatory suspension of the meet. Meet officials were able to squeeze in the women's 4x100-meter relay after the second delay before sending the athletes off for an hour wait.
"We had tough conditions with wind, rain, cool temperatures, and lighting delays, rain" commented Owl head coach Jim Bevan. "It was not conducive to great marks but we competed exceedingly well to win the meet. Shakera Reece was outstanding in winning the 100m, anchoring the 4x100m relay and running a great third-leg on the 4x400m relay."
Reece may have won the 200m as well, but the starting gun fired prior to her getting fully settled in the starting blocks. She still finished second with a time of 24.22, while Wyoming's Sharon Larrier clocked a first-place time of 24.03. Rice's Luci Cincinatis finished third (24.97) and Sarah Lyons was fifth (25.29).
In the 400m, the Owls went 1-2 as Brittany Washington (55.47) and Vicki Walker (56.74) led the field. Walker just barely crossed the line ahead of Northern Arizona's Annie Skordas who was a one-tenth slower at 56.75. Lyons was fourth for Rice at 57.40.
The Owls were able to win the Tailwind Invitational despite the fact that their dominant distance runners were given the weekend off in preparation for next week's Mount SAC Relays.
The Owls' 4x400m relay team of Lyons, Walker, Reece, and Washington clocked a winning time of 3:53.20. The 4x100m squad of Kim Stanford, Lyons, Cincinatis, and Reece posted a time of 46.13.
In the shot put Rice placed fourth (Brittany Brown-12.44m/40-9.75), sixth (Katie Dollinger-11.39m/37-4.5), and seventh (Tina Robinson-11.38m/37-4). Robinson also placed fourth in the discus (40.02m/131-03).
Shannon Moran placed third in the long jump with a mark of 5.63m/180-5.75 and sixth in the triple jump (11.16m/36-7.5). Sarah Agara was in the triple jump (11.93m/39-1.75), while Jenny Glover was third (11.66m/38-3.25).
Agara was also fourth in the high jump (1.5m/4-11).
1. Rice 140
2. Northern Arizona 135
3. South Florida 133
4. New Mexico 118.5
5. Wyoming 98.5