By Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EL PASO, Texas -- Rice sophomore distance runner Cali Roper became the second Owl in school history to win consecutive C-USA Outdoor 10,000m titles with a first place finish Friday evening at Kidd Track on the campus of El Paso.
Roper, from Conroe, Texas, teamed with sophomore Katie Jensen to finish one-two in Friday's race and collect 18 total team points for the Owls. Roper won in a time of 36:14.70 while Jensen crossed the finish line just eight seconds later (36:22.52).
"Tonight was just a great performance by two terrific ladies," Rice women's T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. "Both Cali and Katie were patient until 6800 meters and then they worked together to move away from the field. They both ran tactically because they are coming back in the 5,000m on Sunday. I'm very proud of them and this gets us off to a good start.
Roper joined former Owl Marissa Daniels (2007, 2008) as the only Owls to win back-to-back C-USA titles in the outdoor 10,000m.
In other action freshman Amanda Pasko placed 13th in the heptathlon with 3995 points while Dreu Dixson placed 17th in the hammer throw.
After three scored events the Owls sit in a tie for second place with WKU behind only Charlotte (21 points).
Action will resume at the C-USA Outdoor Championships from the campus of UTEP at 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.