April 7, 2012
Rice University distance runner Becky Wade continues to amaze as she set a new school record in the 10,000m Friday evening at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Wade, from Dallas, Texas, and Ursuline Academy, placed fifth with a time of 32:40.82 in section one and snapped Julie Jiskra's 1991 10,000m school record time of 33:22.14. In doing so, she also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials which be held in Eugene, Ore.
"She ran a phenomenal race, moving up throughout with a 5k time of 16:26 and a time of 16:14 for the second 5k," stated Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "She ran a 5:09 in the last mile and she needed to break 32:45 to qualify for the Olympic Trials and she did it!"
Allison Pye ran 16th in the 5000m run at the Stanford Invitational with a career-fast time of 16:16.91. That time is also the second fastest 5000m time in Rice history. Britany Williams holds the school record with a time of 16:11.34 set, April 16, 2010 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut Calif.
Also, former Owl runner Lennie Waite and current volunteer assistant coach won the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:48.35, which now tops the world list.
The Rice throwers fared well on the first day of the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos, Texas. Freshman Olivia Williams was sixth in the discus with a mark of 43.40m/142-5, while her teammate Claire Uke followed in seventh (43.15m/141-7). In the hammer throw, Uke was again seventh with a distance of 42.96m/140-11, which is a season-high for her.
The Owls conclude Texas State Invitational action on Saturday.
Rice Results at Stanford Invitational
5000m section 2
16, Allison Pye, 16:16.91
10,000m section 1
5, Becky Wade, 32:40.82
7, Claire Uke, 42.96m/140-11