Owlook: This Week in Sports
Friday, Sept. 28
Women's Cross Country atPaul Short Invitational
22nd/40 - Bethlehem, Penn.
Men's Tennis at Rice Invitational
All Day - None placed
Soccer vs. University of Southern Mississippi
W 1-0 - Hattiesburg, Miss.
Volleyball vs. Southern Methodist University
W 3-2 - Tudor Fieldhouse
Saturday, Sept. 29
Men's Cross Country at Rim Rock Classic
5th/14 - Lawrence, Kan.
Football vs. University of Houston,
L 35-14 - Reliant Stadium
Sunday, Sept. 30
Soccer vs. University of Central Florida
L 1-0 - Orlando, Fla.
Volleyball vs. University of Tulsa
L 3-2 - Tudor Fieldhouse
Monday, Oct. 1
Golf at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
9th of 14 (892, +28) - Ruston, La.
Friday, Oct. 5
Soccer vs. Marshall University
7 p.m. - Rice Soccer Stadium
Men's Tennis at Cardinal
All Day - Beaumont, Texas
Volleyball vs. University of Texas at El Paso
7 p.m. - Tudor Fieldhouse
Saturday, Oct. 6
Football vs. University of Memphis
6 p.m. - Memphis, Tenn.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Soccer vs. East Carolina University
1 p.m. - Rice Soccer Stadium
Women's Tennis at ITA All-American Championships
All Day - Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Volleyball vs. Tulane University
1 p.m. - Tudor Fieldhouse
Thursday, Oct. 11
Soccer vs. University of Memphis
7 p.m. - Memphis, Tenn.
More from The Rice Thresher
On Thursday, sophomore distance runner Grace Forbes proved to the rest of the country what her Conference USA opponents and Rice teammates have known for years – she’s one of the fastest runners in the country. Competing at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. for the second consecutive year, Forbes, took second place in the 10,000-meter, the best finish by an Owl at the NCAAs in over a decade. According to Forbes, who missed the indoor season and the first month of the outdoor season due to extreme fatigue later diagnosed as an autoimmune disorder, the result was a testament to the work she’s put in to overcome an incredibly challenging year.
Five Owls will be heading to next week’s NCAA outdoor track and field championships, after qualifying at the NCAA West Preliminaries which ran May 25 through 28. Headlining the meet for Rice was sophomore distance-runner Grace Forbes, who took first place in the 10,000 meters for the second consecutive year. Forbes will be joined in Eugene, Ore., by sophomore thrower Tara Simpson-Sullivan, junior thrower Erna Gunnarsdottir, senior thrower James McNaney and sophomore vaulter Alex Slinkman. Jon Warren, head coach of the men’s track and field program, said that he was impressed not only by the five qualifiers, but by all 13 Owls who participated over the course of the week in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Conference USA outdoor track and field championships saw Rice’s men’s team place third with 121 points — their best conference championship performance since 2005 — and the women’s team place fifth with 88 points. According to men’s head coach Jon Warren, he was proud to see the work his team put in all season be on full display at the meet.