Feb. 11, 2012
The Owls finished the competition seventh in the team scoring with 45 points. Texas A&M won the Invitational with 175.50 points.
Wade, a senior from Dallas, posted a time of 9:31.13, while Pye, a senior from Houston, clocked in at 9:33.12 to lead the pack. Sophomore Farrah Madanay was 10th (10:09.40). Wade has now won three of her four races during the 2012 indoor season. Pye's time was her third personal-best for the indoor season in three different races (mile, 3000m, and 5000m).
"Becky went out from the beginning and moved away from the field," explained Owl head coach Jim Bevan.
The Owls' quintet of pole vaulters had a strong day, led by Cleona Oliver. Oliver placed fifth with a mark of 3.76m/12-4. Casie Wilson followed in seventh (3.46m/11-4.25), while Marielle Brisbois, Alicia Janke, and Chaney Turney all tied for eighth with a mark of 3.46m/11-4.25.
"We made some break-throughs today as our vaulters made some new bars and learned about some technical changes," said Bevan. "I was especially proud of Casie Wilson, who is really improving after putting in her time. Morgan Yaborough scored in the high jump in her first meet. Heather Olson had a big breakthrough in the mile, winning her heat handily by out-kicking the field with a 32.3 in the last 200m. She also led off the victorious DMR, handing off in first to Keltie John who kept the lead and handed off to Sarah Mason, who did a great job after getting passed in the 800 leg came back and handed off ahead to Sophie Peeters, who did a masterful job of running the correct rhythm and out kicked Baylor and Texas A&M with a blistering 32.8 split to win going away."
In the mile, Heather Olson placed seventh with a time of 5:00.32. Sophie Peeters was excellent in the 800m with a third place time of 2:10.97 to win her heat.
Rice now readies for the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championship held Feb. 25-26 in Birmingham, Ala.
"It was a tough meet with some of the best track schools in the country present and it provided a great stepping-stone for us leading into conference," concluded Bevan.
1,Texas A&M, 175.50
2, Baylor, 118.00
3, Missouri, 77.00
4, TCU, 60.00
5, Alabama, 51.50
6, Houston, 50.00
7, Rice, 45.00
8, USC, 43.00
9, Rogue Elite, 24.00
10, UTEP, 23.00
11, unattached, 9.00
12, adidas Team Green, 6.00
60m Hurdles Prelim
18, Sojourner Brown, 9.09
14, Simon Martin, 5.16m/16-11.25