By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
C-USA Outdoor Championship Results (Day 3)
EL PASO, Texas - Rice junior vaulter Ayane Rossano set a new personal best by clearing 3.86m (12-08.00) to place second overall and earn all-conference honors at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships Saturday at UTEP's Kidd Field.
Rossano, from Bellevue, Wash., earned eight team points for the Owls by clearing the bar on her final attempt and besting her previous best of 3.80m. Rossano was part of a Rice effort that earned 20 team points on Saturday and will enter the final day in third place.
The Owls closed the night strong thanks to a fourth place finish from senior Hannah Kay in the 3000m steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 11:10.62 to pick up five points.
Others who earned points for the Owls included freshmen Camille Little and Michelle Fokam. Little earned three points with a sixth place finish (5.79m/19-00.00) in the long jump while Fokam placed seventh (5.78m/18-11.75) in the same event. Freshman Kylie Swiekatowski also picked up an additional point for the Owls with a seventh place result (3.36m/11-00.25) in the pole vault.
Redshirt freshman Hannah Jackson qualified for Sunday's finals in both the 100m (6th-11.66) and 200m (4th-23.59)
"On day three we had some ups and downs," Rice women's T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. "I'm so proud of Ayane with her second place performance and a new PB. Hannah did her job with qualifying performances in the 100 and winning her heat in the 200. Camille and Michelle went 6-7 in the long jump and we finished with a stellar performance from graduating senior Hannah Kay, finishing fourth and running a tremendous race at altitude. Anna almost closed to scoring a point (placing 9th) with a big PB and a tough race. Tomorrow will be a full day and we are excited for the opportunities."
Day four of the C-USA Outdoor Championships will begin on Sunday starting with the triple jump at 4 p.m. (CT).
Women's Team Rankings (Seven Events Scored)
1. Middle Tennessee - 47
2. UTEP - 44
3. Rice - 39
4. Charlotte - 36.50
5. WKU - 22
6. Southern Miss - 16
7. UTSA - 15.50
8. FIU - 13
9. North Texas - 12
10. UAB - 9
10. Marshall - 9
12. Florida Atlantic - 7
13. Louisiana Tech - 3