By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kansas Relays Full Results
HOUSTON – Rice senior thrower Evan Karakolis highlighted a Saturday afternoon in which the Owls won five titles at the Kansas Relays by annihilating his own school record in the javelin.
Karakolis, an All-American from Scarborough, Ontario, unleashed a throw of 79.30m (260’2”) on his second attempt to surpass his old mark of 72.76m (238’8”) set at last year’s TSU Relays. He also had throws of 73.69m and 73.78m on his final attempts. Heading into action on Saturday, only Texas A&M’s Ioannis Kyriazis (81.87m) and Mississippi State’s Curtis Thompson (81.03m) had better throws than Karakolis’ winning heave on Saturday.
“Evan had what had to be one of the best days ever for a Rice athlete not competing at a championship,” Rice men’s T&F head coach Jon Warren said. “He demolished the school record and had an outstanding series. Not only is the throw No. 3 in the NCAA, it’s also just shy of the Olympic standard. It was also only 3-4 feet off of Ed Red’s mark using the old javelin. The new javelin goes about 25 feet shorter than the old one. Evan was just impressive.”
Rice’s four other victories came on the women’s side, three of which came in field events. Junior Cybil Obiozor set a lifetime best mark of 12.96m (42-6.25) to place first in the triple jump and was followed in second place by fellow junior teammate Daisy Ding (12.90m), who set a season-best distance of 42-4.00. The duo ranks first and second, respectively, in C-USA.
Senior Belle MacFarlane won her fourth high jump competition of the season with a clearance of 1.76m, a new season-best. The Owls’ other field victory came from senior All-American thrower Claire Uke, who won the shot put with a throw of 16.19m (531.5) and also set a lifetime best mark of 53.56m to finish second in the discus.
The Rice women also performed admirably in the 1500m, with second and third place finishes from Elsa Racasan (4:33.32) and Abigail Cartwright (4:33.89), respectively.
Other outstanding performances on the men’s side included second place finishes from Austin Riddle (60.56m) and Will Firth (9:16.08) in the hammer and 3000m steeplechase, respectively.
The Owls will have one more meet on May 7 at the Oxy Invitational before competing at the C-USA Championships May 12-15 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.