By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EUGENE, OR – Rice junior track and field athlete Scott Filip will enter Sunday in sixth place in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials after racking up 4,180 points Saturday in his first career Olympic Trials.
Filip, who redshirted the 2015 season at Rice while recovering from Tommy John surgery, began the day by placing eighth in both the 100m dash (10.75) and long jump (7.37m/24-2.25), before an 11th place finish in the shot put (13.52m/44-4.25). The Bloomingdale, Ill. native gained some momentum to close the afternoon with a fourth place result in the high jump 2.00m (6-6.75) and then won his heat in the 400m dash with a time of 49.08 to place fifth overall in the event.
The final five events of the decathlon will resume on Sunday beginning with the 110m hurdles at 12 p.m. (CT).
Former Rice standouts Funmi Jimoh and Jason Colwick fell short in their bids to earn places on the United States Track and Field squad that will compete in the Rio Olympics next month.
Jimoh (Rice, 2007), who was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and reached the finals of the long jump in Beijing, finished fifth in Saturday’s competition with a top mark of 6.76m (22-2.50) at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
The effort was fourth after the second round before falling to fifth in the sixth and final round. Jimoh was unable to improve upon that mark in her final four attempts. Nike’s Brittney Reese won the event with a jump of 7.31m (23-11.25), followed by Nike’s Tianna Bartoletta (2nd-7.02m/23-0.50) and Janay DeLoach (3rd-6.93m/22-9.00). Kentucky’s Shakeela Saunders finished just ahead of Jimoh in fourth a jump of 6.89m (22-7.25).
Colwick (Rice, 2010), who won the 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor pole vault titles, no heighted on all three of his attempts on Saturday.