Feb. 3, 2012
South Bend, Ind. - Rice distance runner Becky Wade was victorious, with a school record time, in the 5000m event at the prestigious Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame Friday evening.
Wade snapped Pam Klassen's 25-year old record of 16:27.72 with a time of 16:21.81. Not only did Wade finish first, but her teammate Allison Pye ran third with a time of 16:35.35.
"Becky led from the gun, controlling the first 1K of the race and then Allison Pye took over for the next 1K, Becky took the next few laps and then Allison until a mile to go Becky took over and made a long drive home to the finish, moving away from All-American Holly Knight (Louisville)," stated Owl head coach Jim Bevan. "Becky and Allison went out a little too fast for where we're at this time of year (5:06 for the mile) and I blame myself for getting them a little too jacked up. I wish we would've have been just a bit more conservative. Nevertheless, it was a big personal best for Becky and a new school record as well as Allison's best indoor time of her life. I was proud of both of these young ladies for their performances and their courage.
"Tyneshia is improving in the 6o, she had a great start and almost made the final," said Bevan. "She got a little tight at the end and just missed the final by .02 seconds. Precious Knighton had her best 400m leg on the DMR, with a 57.2 split. Our DMR ran their fastest time of the year and was led by Kylie Cullinan (3:39) LaPrecious, Keltie John (2:16) and Allie Schaich (5:04). Allie ran very hard, going out in 70" for the first 400 and 2:27. I am proud of her efforts. She is improving (four seconds better than last week) and she is gutty. We are looking forward to more season bests tomorrow."
The distance medley relay squad placed ninth with a season-fast time of 11:57.56. McCoy's time in the 60m prelim was 7.74.
Action continues for the Owls on Saturday at the Meyo Invitational with competitors in the 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, and 4x400m relay.
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