May 16, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice freshman distance runner Cali Roper earned the seventh 10,000m conference title in program history with a 35:47.32 performance at Friday's C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Roper, a native of Conroe, Texas, earned 10 team points for the Owls by winning almost a full 12 seconds ahead of Tulsa's Clara Langley and claimed her second victory this outdoor season.
"Just a great performance by Cali," Rice women's track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. "It's not often you have a freshman that wins a long race like the 10k in their first championship race. It just shows how talented she is and how lucky I am to have someone like her at Rice."
Roper's outdoor title win in the 10,000m was the first for the Owls since former great Becky Wade won in 2012.
Sophomore Leslie Schilsky also finished the heptathlon on Friday, finishing 12th overall with 4000 points.
Day three of competition will get going on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. with the long jump.