Sept. 16, 2015
BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO - Rice redshirt senior and All-American thrower Claire Uke won the discus on Wednesday at the 11th All-Africa Games. The Cedar Hill, Texas (Ursuline Academy) native is a Nigerian citizen and has been training the past four week for the Games.
The 11th All-Africa Games began on Sept. 4 and will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 19. This year's Games includes 54 countries overall and consists of 22 separate sports.
Uke, who redshirted this past outdoor season for the Owls, had a lifetime-best winning throw of 54.25m (178'0") on Wednesday to edge out Ischke Senekal (50.53m) of South Africa. Uke is also scheduled to compete in the shot put at the Games on Thursday.
Uke had a 2015 indoor season for the ages, highlighted by breaking former Rice All-American Regina Cavanaugh's 29-year-old school record in the shot put with a throw of 17.95m (58-10.75) to win her third straight C-USA title in the shot put. She would go on to place eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championship to earn USTFCCCA First-Team All-American status for the second year in a row.