C-USA Outdoor Results Day 2
By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
EL PASO, Texas – The Rice Owls women’s track and field team picked up 19 team points on day two of the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, which included all-conference performances from senior thrower Dreu Dixson and sophomore distance runner Abigail Cartwright.
Dixson, from Dallas, broke the school record in the hammer throw with a second place heave of 56.92m (186-09). The senior flew back to Houston for graduation following her performance, scoring at C-USA (8 points) for the first time in her career with her PB throw that surpassed Sharae Robinson’s previous record of 56.50m (185-4.00).
Competing in just her third outdoor race of the season, and first 10k of her career, Cartwright closed strong to finish in a time of 36:19.75, earning six team points for the Owls. The C-USA outdoor all-conference honor was the third of Cartwright’s career.
Senior teammate Cali Roper added an additional five points for the Owls by placing fifth (36:29.43) behind Cartwright. UTEP’s Winny Koech (35:44.15) took gold in the event while Charlotte’s Caroline Sang (35:59.85) finished second.
The Owls were also represented in the heptathlon, led by a 10th place finish from freshman Zinedine Russell (4814 points). Sophomore Giulia Sportoletti (4757 points) and junior Amanda Pasko (4044 points) placed 11th and 17th, respectively.
“This was a great day for us,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “I was really happy for Dreu to have the type of performance she had and then get to get on a plane and go graduate. We also had two great performances in the 10k from Abigail and Cali. Abigail medaled in her first-ever attempt at that distance and altitude. They ran together with the leaders for 7k and then worked together the rest of the way. Zinedine, Giulia and Amanda all competed well in the heptathlon.”
Day three of the C-USA Outdoor Championships will begin on Saturday starting with the discus at 2 p.m. (CT).
Women’s Team Rankings (Three Events Scored)
1. UTEP- 28
2. Rice- 19
3. Middle Tennessee- 16
4. Charlotte- 14
5. Southern Miss- 10
6. WKU- 9
7. Florida Atlantic- 7
8. UTSA- 5
8. FIU- 5
10. Marshall- 3
11. UAB- 1