March 13, 2015
- Rice seniors Chris Pillow
and Ben Pressley
earned USTFCCCA All-American honors while sophomore Scott Filip
posted solid results in the heptathlon on day one the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Filip, competing at his first NCAA Indoor Championships, will enter Saturday in fifth place in the heptathlon after accumulating 3231 points in four events Friday. Filip's best performance of the day came in the 60m dash, where he finished second overall in a time of 6.99 seconds to earning 886 points. He then proceeded to place seventh in the long jump (7.20m, 862 points), sixth in the shot put (13.51m, 698 points) and eighth in the shot put (1.98m, 785 points).
Filip trails Minnesota's Luca Wieland (3472 points), Buffalo's Mike Morgan (3372 points), Georgia's Garrett Scantling (3368 points) and Kennesaw State's Bilal Abdullah (3360 points) entering the final three events (60m hurdles, pole vault, 1000m). Filip will pick things back up on Saturday beginning at 10:45 a.m.
Pillow earned USTFCCCA First-Team All-American honors by finishing tied for seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.40m (17-8.50). The senior, who earned Outdoor First-Team All-American honors last season, passed all the way up to the 5.40m mark in which he cleared on his second vault. Pillow passed again to 5.50m but was unable to clear in three attempts. Akron's Shawn Barber went on to win the event at 5.91m.
"To be a First-Team All-American is as an impressive accomplishment as you can do in college athletics," Rice men's track and field head coach Jon Warren said of Pillow. "For him to match the place he had at the NCAA Outdoors last year is terrific. He fought well, took some risks and earned a great result for his effort."
Pressley placed 13th in the long jump after clearing 7.29m (23-11) on his final attempt and earned USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American honors in the process. The senior, competing in his first NCAA Indoor Championships, recorded the second best jump of his career.
"Ben competed well and matched his seed place," Warren said. "He closed his indoor campaign with an impressive effort. This was a good day for Rice track and field."