By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EUGENE, OR – Rice senior thrower Claire Uke put the finishing touches on one of the most prestigious careers in school history by placing 21st in the shot put at Thursday’s NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.
Uke dealt with less than ideal weather conditions, recording throws of 15.30m and 14.71m in the rain before fouling on her final attempt.
A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Uke graduates from Rice as a five-time C-USA champion and twice achieved USTFCCCA Indoor First Team All-American status. In addition, Uke shattered the Rice indoor shot put record with a throw of 17.95m at the 2015 C-USA Championships.
“Claire closed out an outstanding career in spitting rain and although the finish wasn’t what we hoped for, in the big picture we are closing the career of one of the best athletes in the history of our program,” Rice women’s track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. “She leaves as the school record holder in the indoor shot put, numerous conference championships, and two First-Team All-American performances. Claire has been a rock for us and we are sad to lose her. She will go on to do great things and has a tremendous future ahead of her. I’m very proud of Claire and all that she has done for us.”