April 16, 2011
El Paso, Texas - Several of head coach Jim Bevan's Rice Owls posted season-best times and marks at the UTEP Invitational on Saturday held at Kidd Field.
Ariana Ince won the pole vault competition with a career-high 4.06m/13-3.75 and Cleona Oliver placed third with a career-best 3.96m/12-11.75. Ince's mark improves upon her Conference USA leading height, while Oliver's 3.96m is the third-best mark this year in C-USA.
Sarah Lyons ran season-fast times in the 200m (24.34) and 400m (55.81) to place seventh and fifth respectively. Also, Simon Martin was 10th in the 200m with a season-best 24.97, while Candace Springer was 13th with a season-fast 25.27. Also in the 400m, Lillian Nwora placed 10th with a time of 56.94 for her top time of 2011 and Maya Kirk ran her fastest 400m of 2011 with a time of 1:00.47 to finish 16th
In the 100m hurdles, Alex Gibbs placed fifth with a season-best time of 14.51 and Kimberly Stanford was seventh at 14.67. The Owls 4x100m relay team of Stanford, Martin, Lyons, and Nwora finished third at 46.48 to post a season-fast time.
Kiri Kendall, in her first 2011 outdoor competition was ninth in the long jump with a mark of 5.79m/19-0.
In the hammer throw, Rice placed third, fourth, and fifth. Tina Robinson led the Owls with a mark of 49.05m/160-11, while Sharae Robinson was fourth (47.70m/156-6), and Brittany Brown was fifth (46.03/151-0). Sharae Robinson won the discus event with a mark of 46.81m/153-7, while Brown placed third (40.73m/133-7). In the shot put, Tina Robinson finished third with a season-best distance of 13.79m/45-3 and Sharae Robinson was sixth (12.03m/39-5.75).
Placing fourth in the javelin was Ariana Ince with a season-best mark of 45.62m/149-8.
The Owls host the J.Fred Duckett next Saturday, April 23 at Holloway Field/Ley Track.
5th, Alex Gibbs, 14.51, season-best
7th, Kimberly Stanford, 14.67
3rd, Stanford, Springer, Martin, Lyons, 46.48, season-best
1st, Nwora, Agara, Kirk, Lyons, 3:48.15, season-best
9th, Kiri Kendall, 5.79m/19-0
4th, Sarah Agara, 12.30m/40-4.25
4th, Ariana Ince, 45.62m/149-8