HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 15, 2009) The Rice men's track and field team has been selected to number two i the Conference USA preseason 2009 Indoor Track & Field poll, just behind league favorite Houston. The Owls will need the efforts of 2008 heptathlon gold medalist Phillip Adam and pole vault gold medalist Shea Kearney to fight for the title.
Houston returns the 2008 C-USA Male Athlete of the Year in Ivan Diggs. Diggs received All-America honors after capturing a fourth-place finish in the high jump at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Selected to finish third on the men's side is UTEP. The Miners used their speed at last year's championship to win the 800-meter, 5,000-meter, 400-meter relay, and the distance medley relay. Senior Dominic Tanui returns for his final year ranked 11th in the 800-meter run by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason poll.
The 2009 C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place on Feb. 27-28 at the Yeoman Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas on the campus of the University of Houston.
Rice begins the 2009 indoor season at the Leonard Hilton Memorial inside Yeoman Fieldhouse on the University of Houston campus.
The single-day event is to begin at 11 a.m. Admission to the meet is $5.
The men's and women's weight throw leads off the action at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the shot put, long jump "B" section and the pole vault at 1 p.m. The field events will close with the men's and women's triple jump, which is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.
Running events are slated to start at 3 p.m. with the women's 5,000 meter run and will come to a close with the 4X400-meter relays, which are scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m.
Other schools participating in the event are Houston Baptist, Jackson State, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Nicholls St., Sam Houston St., Southern, Southern-New Orleans, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas Lutheran, Texas Southern, Texas State, UAB, UCF, UT-Arlington, UT-Pan American and UTSA.
Live results from the meet can be found by logging on to www.flashresults.com/flashtexas.