April 14, 2012
El Paso, Texas - Freshman Claire Uke placed second in the shot put, in windy conditions, to highlight the Rice women's track and field team at the UTEP Invitational held Saturday at Kidd Field.
Uke posted a second-place mark of 14.50m/47-7. She was also fifth in the discus with a distance of 45.03m/147-9. Sharae Robinson posted a third-place mark of 48.76m/159-11 in the discus to lead the Owls. That is Robinson's season and personal-best mark.
"Despite the unfavorable conditions today, the Rice women's track team still came away with some good performances," stated Owl assistant coach Andrea Blackett. "Sharae Robinson earned a lifetime best in the discus, in conditions that throws coach Nancy Wenzel described as a "dust bowl" and Claire Uke continued her great freshman season with a distance of 14.50m in the shot put for third. She was also just outside of her personal-best in the discus with a distance of 45.03m.
"It really was extremely windy, dusty and cold out there today, but the girls really tried their best to make the best out of their circumstances and competed well. It really was a tough day for everyone."
In the pole vault, freshman Marielle Brisbois continued her steady climb with a season-high mark of 3.77m/12-4.25 to finish fourth. Candace Springer ran a season-fast 11.83 in the 100m in finishing 10th.
Rice head coach Jim Bevan was in Austin, Texas, with a small contingent competing at the Texas Invitational. In 3000m run, freshman Allie Schaich led Rice with a fourth-place time of 10:11.88, while sophomore Farrah Madanay finished sixth (10:30.40).
Rice is in action next Saturday, April 21, as its hosts the ninth annual J.Fred Duckett Twilight at Holloway Field/Ley Track.
Texas Invitational Results
28, Sidney Cauthorn, 2:39.96