Feb. 27, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - After two weeks off, the Rice Owls women's track and field team is set to participate in the 2014 Conference USA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, which get underway Friday, February 28 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The meet concludes on Saturday, March 1. UAB and the CrossPlex are hosting the event for the third consecutive season.
Junior Claire Uke returns as the defending champion in the shot put and enters this weekend with the top throw (54-4.5) in the conference and the 14th-best mark in the nation. Sophomore jumper Belle MacFarlane also has a top mark in the conference, jumping a career-best 54-4.5 earlier this season.
Sophomore vaulter McKenzie Johnson also returns as a champion from last season and will compete on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The preliminary events will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Friday with the pentathlon and heptathlon, followed by field events at 1 p.m. Saturday's action starts with the heptathlon 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run at 10 a.m. The championship field events will begin later that day with the men's weight throw and triple jump and women's high jump at noon. The running events are slated to begin at 2 p.m. The championships will conclude with the final awards presentation set for 5:45 p.m.
Teams vying for the women's crown are Charlotte, East Carolina, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UTEP and UTSA.
The championship will be televised by Fox Sports 1 on a tape delay. However, live results will be posted at the C-USA Championship Central.
Admission prices are as follows: a two-day pass is $20 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17); while a single day ticket $15 per day for adults and $6 for youth (12-17). Admission is FREE for children age 11 and under and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.