March 2, 2012
South Bend, Ind. - Senior distance runner Becky Wade broke the Rice school record in the 5000m with a career-best time Friday night at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational inside the Loftus Sports Center.
Wade placed third in the event with a time of 16:03.13, which is faster than Allison Pye's previous school-record time of 16:18.24 set at the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Championship. Pye, also running the 5000m, came in sixth with a time of 16:29.21.
"Becky Wade ran a monsterous 18-second personal-best to break the Rice School record and move up the list towards qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet," commented Owl head coach Jim Bevan. "Becky followed the rabbit for two miles, took the lead until the last 600 meters when she fought as hard as she could to get under the goal time for the day of 16:03.74.
"Allison Pye ran a courageous race after running the 5000 and 3000 last week at the C-USA Indoor Championship. Allison crossed the line with her second fastest 5000 ever, just five days after racing last week. I am incredibly proud of both Becky and Allison today. They fought hard and they got everything out of their bodies."
Juli Accurso, of Ohio University, captured first place in a time of 15:58.69. Sarah Waldron, from New Mexico, was second 15:59.93.
This meet is one of several last chance meets that takes place around the country this weekend, offering student-athletes one final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships that are scheduled for March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.