Ding Takes Gold at C-USA Championships

May 14, 2017

By: Kenny Bybee (kab10@rice.edu)

C-USA Outdoor Championships Final Results

EL PASO, Texas – Rice senior jumper Daisy Ding set a new personal best mark of 13.26m (43-06.00) to win her third career Conference USA Outdoor triple jump title on Sunday, helping lead the Owls to a fifth place team finish overall.

Ding, from Sydney, Australia, won her fifth career C-USA title with a wind-aided (+2.5) leap of 13.26m on her fifth attempt, surpassing 13 meters on four of her jumps. Ding would later add an additional team point for the Owls with an eighth place finish in the high jump (1.70m/5-07.00).

Fellow senior teammate Cybil Obiozor also closed out her C-USA career in style by finishing second behind Ding in the triple jump, just missing out on besting her PR with a season-best leap of 12.94m (42-05.50) for eight more points.

Redshirt freshman Hannah Jackson earned eight points for Rice in her first C-USA outdoor meet with a fourth place finish in the 200m (23.34) and a seventh place result in the 100m (11.77). Jackson also ran a leg on the 4x100 relay team that placed eighth (46.19), joined by Michelle Fokam, Camille Little and Eboni Sutherland.

Rice closed the night strong, getting an all-conference performance for a second straight day from Abigail Cartwright, who placed third in the 5000m (17:21.57). Senior Cali Roper finished fourth (17:23.07) in the same race while Khayla Patel placed fifth (17:45.61); the duo earning an additional 9 points for the Owls.

The Owls’ 4x400 relay team consisting of Little, Marissa Topolski, Brooke Johnson and Imani Mark placed eighth in the night’s final event, setting a season-best time of 3:49.11 for one point.
UTEP won the title with 153 points, edging out Middle Tennessee (126 points) and Charlotte (85.5 points).

“We competed well and scored more points than we had on paper,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. I was hoping for a higher finish but I’m happy with our efforts. Daisy highlighted our day with her third consecutive conference title and a new PB. Cybil followed up with a second place finish and a season best, the second straight year we finished 1-2 in the triple jump. Hannah had a full day of competing and our 5000m going 3-4-5 under hot conditions and high altitude was a big highlight. Cali led for two thirds of the race and pushed the pace, eventually passed by Abigail and our freshman Khayla passed 10 people with a massive kick for fifth place. This is a great group of seniors. Of the 11 we have, all but one have scored points for us in their careers. They are an awesome group and they will be missed.”

Next up for the Owls will be the NCAA South Central Regional held at the University of Texas, May 25-27.

Final Women’s Team Scores
1. UTEP - 153
2. Middle Tennessee - 126
3. Charlotte – 85.50
4. Southern Miss - 85
5. Rice - 82
6. WKU - 67
7. Marshall - 43
8. FIU - 41
9. North Texas – 35
10. UTSA – 30.50
11. Florida Atlantic – 30
12. Louisiana Tech – 22
13. UAB - 19






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