By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AUSTIN – Rice senior jumpers Daisy Ding and Cybil Obiozor just narrowly fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 13th and 17th place finishes, respectively, in the triple at the NCAA West Prelims Saturday evening.
Ding, from Sydney, Australia, tied Kansas State’s Konstantina Romaiou’s for the 12th and final qualifying spot with a distance of 13.08m (42-11.00) but missed on advancing due to the countback with Romaiou. Ding had jumped 12.26m on her first attempt, followed by a foul on her second try. Ding concluded her Rice career as a five-time C-USA triple jump champion and a First-Team All-American (2015).
Obiozor, a native of Pearland, Texas, set a new personal record of 12.98m (42-7.00) on her very first attempt on Saturday, followed by jumps of 12.00m and 12.66m. Obiozor was a four-time all-conference performer in the triple jump and was an All-American Honorable Mention performer in 2015.
“This was by far the best triple jump in the history of this meet to qualify for nationals,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “Daisy and Cybil are two of my all-time favorites. I couldn’t be prouder of their careers at Rice.”
The men were also represented on Saturday by redshirt sophomore Charlie Card-Childers, who placed 43rd in the high jump.