By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Rice Owls track and field teams sent a split squad to Friday's Skechers Carl Knight Invitational, hosted by Stephen F. Austin.
Sophomore Giulia Sportoletti set a new personal best with 4878 points in the heptathlon to finish second overall. The Seregno, Italy native won the high jump (1.70m-PB) and shot put (10.85m while placing second in the long jump (5.33m-PB) and javelin (35.08m). Sportoletti also set a personal best in the 200m (27.54) and 800m (2:27.84).
On the track, senior Hannah Kay finished second overall in the 3000m steeplechase (11:01.54) while senior Cali Roper finished first (17:11.57) amongst collegians in the 5k, finishing behind only volunteer coach and resident Olympian Lennie Waite (16:12.54). Senior Abby Halm also achieved a personal best in the 5k (17:55.04).
Senior Ellen Diemert won her heat in the 1500m (4:45.12) and placed seventh overall. Junior Anna Figueroa placed second in that same heat and set a new personal best time of 4:46.45.
The men had just a handful of competitors on Friday, led by fourth and fifth place finishes from Matt Calem (3:54.61) and Steve Booker(3:55.78) in the 1500m, respectively. Connor Meaux also placed sixth in the 3000m steeplechase.
Rice will be back in action on Saturday when they compete in the Houston Alumni Invitational.