LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (May 30, 2008) At the NCAA Midwest Regional held at Nebraska's Ed Weir Stadium, the Rice Owls track and field squad had a very successful first day of action.
"We had a great first day," says Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "In every event, we posted better marks than from where we were seeded. We just had excellent performances from everyone."
One of those excellent performances that Bevan spoke of came from senior pole vaulter Rachel Greff. Greff placed second with a mark of 4.16m/13-7.75. Alicia Rue from Minnesota won the event with a mark of 4.26m/13-11.75. Allison Pye, only a freshman, had a great run in the 5000m final with a sixth place finish (17:15.50).
Desarie Walwyn earned a trip to Saturday's final in the 100m with a time of 11.53. Sarah Lyons is in the finals of the 400m with a time 53.30 and Chandra Ewing is in the final of the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.81.
The Owls' 4x100m relay squad consisting of Sarah Lyons, Shakera Reece, Brittany Washington, and Desarie Walwyn advanced to Saturday's final. The team's time of 44.92 is faster than its previously posted 45.09.
In the long jump, Lacee Carmon posted a mark of 5.65m/18-6.5, but did not advance to the finals.
The Midwest Regional concludes on Saturday.