May 4, 2012
Huntsville, Texas - Rice Owl pole vaulter Cleona Oliver set a new personal record in winning the event at Sam Houston State's Bearkat Twilight Thursday evening.
Oliver, a senior from San Antonio, vaulted 3.98m/13-0.75 for the win. Her teammate Marielle Brisbois placed third with a height of 3.68m/12-0.75.
"Cleona Oliver became the fifth Owl to vault 13-feet with her victory today," stated Owl head coach Jim Bevan. "I'm very proud of her, it has been a long time coming. This mark should get her to nationals, but there's more there for conference next week."
Sharae Robinson was a double-winner as she captured the discus and hammer throw events. Robinson won the discus with a mark of 48.34m/158-7 and the hammer throw with a distance of 51.31m/168-4. Olivia Williams was second in the discus 42.71m/140-1, fourth in the shot put (12.42m/40-9), and fifth in the hammer throw (32.75m/107-5).
In the 1500m, Becky Wade was second with a time of 4:27.92, while Allison Pye was third (4:33.45). Lilian Nwora was fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:16.59. Bridget Ugoh was sixth in the 100m hurdles with a season-best time of 15.68.
Kiri Kendall won the high jump (1.60m/5-3)in a jump-off alternating between the long jump and the high jump events. Kendall placed third in the long jump (5.53m/18-1.75)
According to Bevan, the Bearkat Twilight was a perfect meet to compete in after the grueling final exam period.
"Our ladies are starting to recover from finals and that's a good sign going into conference," commented Bevan. "This meet was what we needed to jump start us after the final exam period."
Rice Women's Results
6, Bridget Ugoh, 15.68
4, Marielle Brisbois, 29.08m/95-05
4, Olivia Williams, 12.42m/40-9