May 11, 2018
By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
HOUSTON - Rice freshman distance runner Lourdes Vivas de Lorenzi ran away from the field while winning the 10,000m at Friday's Conference USA Outdoor Championships Friday at Wendel D. Ley Track.
The Spring, Texas native recorded a time of 36:30 to earn 10 points for the Owls and defeated the next closest competitor by nearly 21 seconds in the process. In the same race, Khayla Patel earned C-USA All-Conference honors with a hard-earned third place result of 36:55 for an addition six points.
"Lourdes made a big breakthrough tonight," Rice women's T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. "I've seen it coming, I know what she's capable of. She gained more confidence as the race went on and realized what she was capable of doing. That was a big step for freshman, not many freshman can win a 10k. And then Khayla did a great job of chasing down third place in only her second 10k race of her career."
Sophomore Zinedine Russell nearly crossed the 5000-point threshold in the heptathlon, collecting 4987 points to place fifth overall and earn four team points for the Owls.
"We went into this meet hoping to compete hard and compete well," Bevan said. "I thought we did exceedingly well over the last two days. Zinedine got just about a 150-point personal best in the heptathlon and within the seven event, six of those were PB's in heptathlon competition. For her to score for the first time in her career is a terrific feat and she nearly got to 5000 points."
Day three of the C-USA Championships will begin Saturday at 3 p.m., starting with the men's discus throw.