29th Victor Lopez Classic Set for this Weekend

March 24, 2011

LIVE RESULTS - 2011 Victor Lopez Classic

2011 Lopez Classic Heat Sheets (updated: 6:45 p.m.) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

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Rice University hosts the 29th Victor Lopez Classic this weekend on campus at Holloway Field/Ley Track. The meet features competition with a multitude of high schools as well as universities including Rice, Houston, Houston Baptist, Baylor, Texas, Texas Southern, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, St. John's, Texas-Pan American, UT-San Antonio, and Huston Tillotson. Action gets underway Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. with the men's hammer throw, while the running events start at 1:30 p.m. with the 4x100m relays. Saturday's running events finals start at 6 p.m. and conclude with the 4x400m relays at 8:30 p.m. while the women's hammer throw begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per youth, and can be purchased at the ticket gate at Holloway Field.

The meet is named after former Rice women's track and field coach, Victor Lopez. He is regarded as one of the foremost respected teachers in the sports of cross country and track and field. Lopez, who started the Rice University women's cross country and track & field program and brought it to prominence, is a USTFCCCA Hall of Fame member and also a Rice Hall of Fame member began his career with the Owls in 1980. He led Rice to five top-10 NCAA finishes during his time at the school. Furthermore, Lopez's Owl athletes garnered over 150 All-American honors and collected 17 individual national championship titles.

Lopez-led teams won 10 conference crowns. In addition to the 1994 cross country title, Rice won the 1999 and 2002 Western Athletic Conference cross country championships. The Owls also won three consecutive WAC indoor titles from 2000-2002 and won back-to-back WAC outdoor titles in 2000-2001 and 2003-2004. He also coached his native Puerto Rican track and field team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was the national coach for the Olympic teams that competed in Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney in 2000.

In 1990, Lopez received the IAAF's 75th Anniversary Commemorative medal for his efforts in developing track & field coaching and coaching education in Central America and the Caribbean, becoming the first North or Central American to be presented with the honor.

Lopez also played a key role in the formation of the IAAF's Coaches Commission as well as the North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association.

Lopez retired from Rice at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Presently he serves as chairman of the IAAF Coaches Commission and also as president of the NACACTFCA. He has also been chairing the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC) since 1998.





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