Jan. 30, 2009
Ariana Ince matched her personal best in the pole vault, while four others established personal bests of their to highlight Rice's efforts on the opening day of competition at the Houston Indoor Invitational at the Yeoman Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Houston.
Ince cleared a provisional mark of 3.95m/12-11.50 to lead all collegians in the pole vault, matching her mark from two weeks ago at the Leonard Hilton Invitational. Former Owls vaulting standout Rachel Greff cleared 4.05m/13-03.50 for the top effort in the event.
Blodget finished sixth in the pentathlon, scoring 3,091 points. Her previous personal best in the multi-event competition was 2,951 compiled last year at the Conference USA Indoor Championships.
Rice weight throwers Katie Dollinger (15.46m/50-8.75); Tina Robinson (14.20m/46-07.25) and Brittany Brown (13.38m/43-10.75) all recorded personal bests in the event Dollinger topped her previous best by over seven feet (43-5.75 set last year at the C-USA Indoor)to finish sixth.
Rice's distance medley relay team survived a fall at the start of the race to battle back to finish fourth in 12:26.16. Laura Hudson ran the opening leg and was knocked down at the start of the race. But teammates Vickie Walker, Britany Williams and Marie Thompson came back to finish just eight seconds off the winning time.
The Houston Invitational wraps up with a full slate of action that gets underway at 9 a.m. with the men's and women's shot put at, while running events get under way at 10 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles.