June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Oregon - Rice junior Claire Uke became just the 12th Owl in women's track and field history to earn USTFCCCA All-American honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in the same academic school year following her 16th place finish in the shot put Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Uke, from Cedar Hill, Texas, threw a day's best 16.01m (52-6.50) on her third and final throw in the second flight to earn the final Second Team All-American spot. It was an improvement from her 18th place finish at last year's NCAA's in which she threw 15.64m. Uke earned First-Team All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships back in March when she threw 16.73m.
Former Rice great thrower Wendi Miller (shot put) was the last Owl to earn All-American honors at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships, accomplishing the feat in 1989. Uke set career-bests in both the shot put (17.18m) and discus (52.62m) during the 2014 outdoor campaign.
Iowa State's Christina Hillman won the event with a throw of 17.73m (58-2.00).
The Owls were also represented in the high jump by sophomore Belle MacFarlane, who no heighted on her first three attempts at 1.72m. MacFarlane, from Dallas, Texas, had placed fifth at the NCAA West Regionals with a lifetime best mark of 1.77m on her final jump of the competition. She also won the 2014 C-USA Indoor Championships and won two events during the outdoor season. MacFarlane garners USTFCCCA All-American Honorable Mention.
Georgia's Leontia Kallenou won the high jump with a height of 1.89m (6-2.50).
"I'm disappointed we didn't have a better finish today from both Claire and Belle," Rice head women's track and field coach Jim Bevan said. "Claire was off today but she had the best year of a shot putter since Regina Cavanaugh and she'll be back. I'm definitely glad both her and Belle are underclassmen."