Houston Invitational Day 1 Results
HOUSTON – On day one of the Houston Invitational it was the Rice throwers that stole the show Friday afternoon, specifically on the men’s side where the school record in the weight throw was surpassed three times by three individuals.
Junior Austin Riddle, who entered the meet with the current school record of 17.72m, broke his own mark on all six of his throws including a collegiate winning mark of 19.56m (64-02.25). The Houston native posted throws of 19.21m, 18.66m, 19.29m, 18.23m, 19.23m and the top collegiate heave of 19.56m on his final attempt.
Fellow junior teammate Uche Ugwunze also broke the original school record on his first attempt (17.91m) and followed with a personal best throw of 18.84m on his very next attempt. Ugwunze finished the afternoon with three throws of 18 meters or better.
Freshman Michael Yow (Keene, Texas) began the day by breaking Riddle’s original school record twice in his first flight with throws of 17.96m and 18.18m, becoming the first-ever Rice athlete to surpass 18 meters and finishing fourth collegiately overall.
The trio of Riddle, Ugwunze, and Yow currently rank second-fourth among Conference USA throwers in the weight throw.
Competing unattached, sophomore Charlie Card-Childers sits in third place (2823 points) in the heptathlon with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and weight throw remaining on Saturday. The Houston native placed second in the shot put (12.93m) and finished tied for first in the high jump, clearing 1.97m (6-05.50).
Junior Colton Torrance had the other notable performance on the men’s side with a fifth place result (6.87m, 22-06.50) in the long jump.
On the flipside the Rice women began the day with a fourth place finish in the pentathlon from true freshman Zinedine Russell. The Kingston, Jamaica native compiled 3209 points, highlighted by a victory in the shot put (10.39m) and a second place finish in the 60m hurdles (9.21).
Competing unattached, Marielle Brisbois won the women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.11m (13-05.75) while true freshman Kylie Swiekatowski finished fourth with a mark of 3.70m (12-01.50). In the weight throw Dreu Dixson finished third (16.92m) while Ijeoma Ugwunze was sixth overall (16.41m).
The Owls will be back in action on Saturday on day two of the Houston Invitational, which begins at 9 a.m. with the shot put.