RICEOWLS.COM HOME
RICEOWLS.COM OWLS ON TWITTER


 
  Nicole Mericle
Nicole Mericle

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
John Cooper School

Height:
5-3

Event:
Middle Distance

Experience:
4L


AT MAJOR MEETS
2007 C-USA Indoor 5th, mile
2007 C-USA Indoor 6th, 3000m
2007 C-USA Outdoor 6th, 1500m
2007 C-USA Outdoor 4th, 3000m Steeplechase
2007 C-USA Outdoor 7th, 5000m

2008 C-USA Cross Country 3rd
2008 NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional 1st
2008 NCAA Cross Country Championship 58th
2008 C-USA Outdoor 3rd, 1500m, 4:37.81
2008 C-USA Outdoor 2nd, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:35.88
2008 C-USA Outdoor 4th, 5000m, 17:16.99

2009 C-USA Indoor 3rd, Mile, 4:51.51
2009 C-USA Indoor 3rd, 3000m, 9:45.21
2009 C-USA Indoor 5th, 5000m, 16:52.64

2010 C-USA Indoor 7th, mile, 4:52.28
2010 C-USA Indoor 3rd, 3000m, 9:36.79

2010 C-USA Cross Country 8th, 17:04
2010 NCAA South Central Regional 1st, 20:16.3
2011 C-USA Outdoor 6th, 1500m, 4:28.68
2011 NCAA West 46th, 5000m, 17:33.96

PERSONAL BESTS
Indoor

800m - 2:14.38, 2010 UH All-Comers Meet
Mile - 4:51.51, 2009 C-USA Indoor
3000m - 9:32.57, 2009 Meyo Invitational
5000m - 16:52.64, 2009 C-USA Indoor

Outdoor
800m - 2:14.96 (2007)
1500m - 4:28.68, 2011 C-USA Outdoor
3000m Steeplechase - 10:15.67, 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional
5000m - 16:39.37, 2011 Mt. SAC Relays

2010-11
Cross Country:
USTFCCCA South Central Region Athlete of the Year
All-NCAA South Central Regional

Finished fourth at the Rice Invitational (14:45)... Placed 44th (second Owl to finish) at the 29th Roy Griak Invitational (22:03)... First place at the HBU/Puma Invitational (13:54, 4K)... Was sick but still competed and finished 178th (22:30.3) at the Pre-National Invitational (white race)... Finished 8th at the C-USA Championship (17:04) to earn All-C-USA Second Team... Won the NCAA South Central Regional for the second time (20:16.3).

Outdoor: Second in 1500m (4:41.56) at SFA Alumni Invitational and first in 5000m (18:04.15)... Posted the Owls' fastest 1500m time of the season at 4:33.20 at the Mt. SAC Relays...Placed sixth in 5000m C race at Mt. SAC Relays with the eighth-best time ever at Rice at 16:39.37... Placed seventh in 1500m (4:42.51) at J.Fred Duckett Twilight... Placed sixth in 1500m with a career-fast time of 4:28.68 at C-USA Outdoor... 5000m time of 17:33.96 (46th) at NCAA West Preliminary Round.

2009-10
Cross Country:
Redshirted.

Indoor: Placed third in the 3000m (9:36.79) and seventh in the mile at C-USA Indoor with a time of 4:52.28... First in the 800m (2:14.38) at the UH All-Comers Meet... Finished third in 3000m (9:47.10) at Texas A&M Challenge.

Outdoor: Redshirted.

2008-09
Cross Country:
USTFCCCA South Central Region Athlete of the Year
All-NCAA South Central Regional

Won the NCAA South Central Regional title, covering the 6K course in 20:34.7 to lead the Owls to a second-place finish in the team race... Finished 58th at the NCAA Championship, up from 123rd as a sophomore... Finished third at the C-USA Championship... Was Rice's top finisher in each of the last four meets of the season.

Indoor: Bronze medalist at the 2009 C-USA Indoor in the mile (4:51.51) and 3000m (9:45.21), and fifth in the 5000m (16:52.64) to score 16 points in the meet... Second in 3000m (9:46.99) at Houston Indoor Invitational and second in mile, 4:55.81, at Leonard Hilton Memorial... Eighth in 3000m (9:32.57) at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.

Outdoor: Placed fourth in 1500m (4:35.81) at C-USA Outdoor and third in the 3000m steeplechase (10:21.39)... Won the 1500m with a time of 4:30.26 at the Victor Lopez Classic... Second in the 1500m (4:29.62) at the Duckett/Rice Twilight Meet

2008-09
Cross Country:
Placed 123rd at the NCAA meet...2007 All-NCAA South Central Region first-team and All-C-USA second team... Ran the best race of her life at regionals, finishing 2nd for the Owls and 9th overall.

Indoor: Finished fifth in the mile (4:59.36) at the C-USA Indoor to score four points for the Owls... Also ran the 3000m and finished 15th (10:11.17).

Outdoor: Set a school record in the 3000m steeplechase (10:15.67) while finishing fifth at the NCAA Regional... Qualified for the NCAA Championships and finished 17th (10:30.97 )... Finished second in the 3000 m steeplechase at the C-USA Outdoor (10:35.88) and fourth in the 5000 m with a personal-best time of 17:16.99.

2007-08
Cross Country:
Placed 123rd at the NCAA meet... 2007 All-NCAA South Central Region first-team and All-C-USA second team... Ran the best race of her life at regionals, finishing 2nd for the Owls and 9th overall.

2006-07
Cross-Country: Finished fourth at the conference meet with a 5k time of 18:13, helping Rice to a silver medal finish... Also, placed third at the Islander Splash in Corpus Christi, leading Rice past Texas, and fifth at the Rice Invitational.

Indoor: Earned points for the Owls with a fifth place finish in the mile and a sixth in the 3000m at the C-USA Indoor... Also scored points for the Owls as a member of the distance medley relay that placed third... Ran season bests of 4:54.59 mile at the Washington Invitational in Seattle and 9.59.98 in the 3000m in at the Houston Invitational.

Outdoor: Contributed to the Owl effort in an impressive four events as a freshman scoring points at the C-USA meet with a seventh in the 5000m... Recorded the Owls' third fastest time of the season in the 1500m with a 4:38.24 and the Owls' second fastest steeplechase with a time of 11:05.98... Also, set a outdoor season bests of 2:14.96 in the 800m and 17:47.50 in the 5000m.

HIGH SCHOOL
2006 graduate of the John Cooper School... Won eight varsity letters in cross country and track and field for coach George Dohner and the Dragons... Led her team to TAPPS state championships in 2002-03 and the SPC state title in 2004... State champion in cross country all four years... 2004 state champion in 1600m and 3200m... Won 2005 state golds in 800, 1600 and 4x800 relay... Named to High Honor Roll.

PERSONAL Full Name: Nicole Danielle Mericle... Born: May 15, 1988, in Mandeville, La. Parents: James and Cindy Mericle of The Woodlands (one brother)... College: Wiess.

 Member of Wiess College
Wiess College

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
RICE.EDU CONFERENCEUSA.COM NCAA.COM RICE UNIVERSITY - 100 YEARS