April 27, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - In their final meet before the C-USA Championships in a couple weeks, the Rice Owls women's track and field team had a stellar performance at the 11th annual J. Fred Duckett Twilight Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore McKenzie Johnson set a Rice school record in the pole vault with a 4.21m (13-09.75) clearance, surpassing Rachel Greff's mark of 4.20m set in 2007. Johnson's 4.21m is ranked tops in C-USA and 15th in the nation. Johnson placed second in the event behind Houston's Karley King, who had the same mark but in fewer attempts.
Claire Uke won both the discus (47.73m), her second of the season, and the shot put (16.40m).
Freshman Daisy Ding continued her stellar season with another victory in the triple jump, winning with a mark of 12.73m. Rice actually finished 1-2-3 in the event with Cybil Obiozor placing second (12.20m) and Simone Martin third (12.08m).
Belle MacFarlane set a PR and a Rice outdoor team season best by winning the high jump with a measurement of 1.75m. Ding finished not far behind MacFarlane, placing third with a mark of 1.69m.
Heather Olson also won the 800m with a team season best time of 2:11.57. The women's 4x100 (comprised of Simone Martin, Eboni Sutherland, Precious Knighton and Cybil Obiozor) placed second with a 46.12.
Former Rice great and current volunteer assistant coach Funmi Jimoh ran unattached and won the long jump with a distance of 6.49m.
As a team the Rice women defeated Houston Baptist, 89-76.
The Owls will now have a full two weeks to prepare for the C-USA Championships, which for a second straight season will be held at Rice. The meet will run May 15-18 at Holloway Field/Ley Track.