March 20, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice junior All-American thrower Evan Karakolis picked up right where he left off in 2014 with a school-record winning throw of 72.76m (238-00) in the javelin at the Texas Southern Relays Friday afternoon.
Karakolis, from Scarborough, Ontario, broke his own school record of 70.80m set last season at the Virginia Challenge and Friday's throw gave him the second-best mark in the NCAA's. The victory was Karakolis' third of his career and the first since he won at the C-USA Outdoor Championships last season.
Sophomore Erik Maher
, from North Caldwell, N.J., also set a massive personal best in the javelin, placing second behind Karakolis after a throw of 61m.
In addition to Karakolis, newcomer graduate student Duncan Dickerson
had a superb day by winning the hammer throw with a new Rice record of 61.24m (200-11). Dickerson, Columbia University graduate and native of Houston, broke the old school record held by Nick Williams
(53.16m) on all five of his legal throws, his final of which was the 61.24m heave. Dickerson's throw moves him to No. 6 in the nation.
Not far behind Dickerson was Rice sophomore Austin Riddle
, who placed third in the hammer throw with a personal best mark of 54.94m and surpassed Williams' previous school record on three of his throws.
Senior Ben Pressley
, who was coming of an appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, placed third (6.93m, 22-09.00) in the long jump while Filip Drozdowski
qualified for the finals of the 110m hurdles on Saturday with a time of 14.69 seconds to place fourth.
After one more day of competition at the TSU Relays the Owls will be back in action March 26-28 at the Texas Relays in Austin.