Owls Take First in Season Opener at Houston
Jan. 18, 2008
Houston - Senior Rachel Greff won the pole vault to lead Rice's women to a first-place finish at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Track and Field meet Friday at Yeoman fieldhouse in the Owl's season opener. Greff, last year's indoor and outdoor pole vault conference champion, earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA meet with a clearance of 3.95m/12-11.5.
Greff was only one of three seniors, including Desarie Walwyn and Lennie Waite, whose outstanding performance factored into the Owl win. Walwyn, with a time of 7.55 ran the fastest 60 meters of her life, for a 3rd place finish. Waite led the Rice mile contingency with a second place finish and lifetime best of 4:51.02. She was closely followed by Callie Wells, Claire Shorall, and Nicole Mericle who placed 3rd, 5th, and 6th, respectively.
Shorall also placed 2nd in the 800 with a time of 2:18.78.
Two new students, cross-country standout Allison Pye and sprinter Sara Lyons, contributed greatly to the Owl effort with an individual win each. Allison Pye placed first in the 5k with a time of 17:16.95, and Lyons, with a time of 25.09 took first in the 200. Lyons picked up two more points for the team with a seventh place finish in the 60 in her debut as an Owl.
Rice won both the distance medley relay with a time of 12:05.49 and the 4X400 m relay with a time of 3:52.05. Points from these relays helped to boost the Owl's score to a grand total of 127 points for the first place finish, a whopping 32 points ahead of their closest competitor, Sam Houston State with 95.
Other medalists for the Owls included Lacee Carmon, second in the long jump and third in the 60 hurdles, Eunique Hamilton, third in the high jump, Brittany Washington, fourth in the 400, Jenny Glover fifth in the long jump, and Victoria Walker, fifth in the 800. Chandra Ewing picked up a sixth in the 400, and Shannon Moran earned two seventh place finishes, one in the triple and one in the long jump.
"We got rolling and competing," said Coach Bevan. "Competing is different from training, so we needed to get started. We have a long way to go, but we are off to a very, very good start."
The Owl's next meet is February 2nd at the Houston Invitational at the University of Houston.
Rice's top-8 finishers (collegiate):
60- Desarie Walwyn, 3rd, 7.55