April 12, 2008
Rice senior Desarie Walwyn ran the third fastest100 meters in school history to cap a busy day for the Owls at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso on Saturday.
Walwyn blew away the field with a personal-best clocking of 11.45 to win the 100 meters, while teammate Shakera Reece posted a season-best 11.61 to finish second. Walwyn's time ranks third on the Rice all-time list, bettered only by Reece's school record of 11.34 set last year and TaNisha Mills' 11.44 clocking in 1996. She bettered her previous personal record of 11.68 set in 2006 and her season best of 11.70 set at the TSU Relays in March. Her time bettered her previous regional qualifying time, and she added a second qualifying mark with her third-place time of 23.78 in the 200 meters.
She wrapped up her day anchoring the Owls 4x100 meter relay to a season-best time of 45.09 while finishing second.
Walwyn was one of four Owls to capture individual titles at the meet.
Pole vaulter Rachel Greff vaulted 4.05 meters (13-5 ½) to take the top spot. Chandra Ewing just missed a regional qualifying mark while winning the 400 meter hurdles (1:00.91) while Lacee Carmon took the 100 meter hurdles in 14.56.
Carmon added a regional qualifying mark in the long jump to go with her title in the hurdles, with a career-best leap of 6.03 meters (19-9 ½). Freshman Sarah Agara just missed a qualifying mark by .02 meters with a personal record jump of 12.30 meters (40-4 ¼) in the triple jump.