June 8, 2010
Rice University will have four student-athletes competing at this week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore. Representing the Owls are Shakera Reece in the women's 100m, Philip Adam in the decathlon, and Shea Kearney and Jason Colwick in the pole vault. Action takes place at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Reece begins her competition on Wednesday, June 9 with the running of the 100m semi-final at 6 p.m. (Pacific). The final for the 100m is on Friday, June 11, at 5:32 p.m. (Pacific). Reece is hoping to become Rice's first All-America sprinter since Nina Mayes did so in 2003 in the 100m.
Adam begins the decathlon on Thursday, June 10 with 100m dash, followed by the long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400m run. The last five events, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m run will be held on Friday, June 11.
Adam enters the meet with an all-time best of 7,396 points in the decathlon. That point total is the second-highest in Rice history, behind Ryan Harlan's 8,171 points, which he accumulated in winning the 2004 NCAA title.
Colwick and Kearney's pole vault competition is on Thursday, June 10 starting at 4 p.m. (Pacific). Colwick enters the meet tied with Kansas' Jordan Scott for the NCAA's best mark of 2010. Each cleared 5.71m/18-8.75 at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
Colwick won the 2009 NCAA Outdoor title when he cleared 5.70m/18-8.25 in Fayetteville, Ark. He also won the 2009 NCAA Indoor crown (5.60m/18-4.5) and was second at the 2010 NCAA Indoor (5.50m/18-0.5). The San Marcos, Texas, native has an all-time best mark and Rice record of 5.72m/18-9.25 set at the 2009 Texas Relays.
Kearney, from Phoenix, Ariz., won the 2008 Conference USA Indoor title with a mark of 5.16m/16-11. He placed second to Colwick at the C-USA Outdoor meet with a height of 5.20m/17-0.75. Kearney's all-time outdoor best is 5.25m/17-2.75, set at the 2010 NCAA West Region in Austin.
RICE MEN NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONS
1928 Claude Bracey, 100y, 9.6
Claude Bracey, 220y, 20.9
1938 Fred Wolcott, 120y hurdles, 14.1
Fred Wolcott, 220y hurdles, 23.3v 1939 Fred Wolcott, 120y hurdles, 14.2
Fred Wolcott, 220y hurdles, 23.0
1940 Fred Wolcott, 220y hurdles, 23.1
1943 Bill Christopher, long jump, 24-7.25
Bill Cummins, 120y hurdles, 14.6
Bill Cummins, 220y hurdles, 23.9
1950 Vern McGrew, high jump, 6-7
1962 Fred Hansen, pole vault, 15-3
1964 Bobby May, 110m hurdles, 13.7
1971 Dave Roberts, pole vault, 17-6.5
1972 Dave Roberts, pole vault, 17-3
1973 Dave Roberts, pole vault, 17-4
1991 Gabriel Luke, 400m, 45.32
1993 Bryan Bronson, 400m hurdles, 49.07
1995 Kareem Streete-Thompson, long jump, 27-2
2004 Ryan Harlan, decathlon, 8,171 pts.
2009 Jason Colwick, pole vault, 5.70m/18-8.25
RICE WOMEN NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONS
1981 (AIAW) Catherine Baker, 800m
1985 Regina Cavanaugh, shot put
1986 Regina Cavanaugh, shot put
1987 Regina Cavanaugh, shot put
1992 Valerie Tulloch, javelin
1993 Claudia Haywood, triple jump
1994 Valerie Tulloch, javelin
1995 Valerie Tulloch, javelin
2001 Allison Beckford, 400m
2002 Allison Beckford, 400m