May 13, 2012
New Orleans - Senior Becky Wade closed out her Conference USA career in fine style by winning her second individual title of this weekend's 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship held at Tad Gormley Stadium and hosted by Tulane University.
In the last individual race of the night, Wade, from Dallas, Texas, won the 5000m with a time of 16:27.57. She previously captured the 10,000m on Friday night and she is now a five-time C-USA gold medalist for her career.
Her teammate Allison Pye was close behind in finishing second with a time of 16:32.84.
"I can't imagine a better way to end my conference career than to finish 1-2 with Allison Pye," stated Wade. "It was a fun race and great practice in running from the front, which I am usually not comfortable doing. I am so thankful for coach Jim Bevan for believing in us the past five years and helping us get to this point."
"Becky Wade, took off sprinting from the gun to take a 10- to 15-meter lead on the chase pack and went out in 71 seconds for the first 400," explained Owl head coach Jim Bevan. "She continued to stretch the lead as four other runners chased her until after the mile when Allison Pye, went out after the chase group and, one by one picked them off and found herself in 2nd place with about 1800 meters to go. They remained 1-2 until the finish, with both looking strong until the end. I was so happy for this duo, they are the best combination of distance runners we have ever had and I couldn't have written a better script for them."
Also winning on Sunday was junior Sharae Robinson in the discus. Robinson, from Corpus Christi, Texas, was first with a distance of 48.49m/159-1.
"Sharae was in third place going into the finals and she hit her winning throw in the fifth round to take the lead," said Bevan.
Sharae joins her older sister Krystal Robinson in claiming a conference title in the discus. Krystal won back-to-back discus gold in 2005 and in 2006.
Lilian Nwora ran eighth in the 800m with a time of 2:12.71, her fastest of the outdoor season.
Said Bevan, "Lilian Nwora ran a gutty race in her first final ever. She went out in 63.5 at the 400 and moved up and then fought to close the gap to the very end."
Rice placed fifth in the team standings with 60.5 points. UCF won its third straight team title with 160 points. East Carolina was second with 132.16 points, while Southern Miss was third with 81 points.
"Overall, after the meet was over, I would have to say we gave a good accounting of ourselves and fought hard," commented Bevan. "We had some positive surprises and some disappointments, but we competed well and did better than predicted. It is great to have three C-USA individual titles and a silver medal."
4, Sharae Robinson, 49.65m/162-11
16, Kiri Kendall, 5.53m/18-1.75
9, Allison Schaich, 4:35.16
12, Sarah Mason, 4:56.27
13, Marielle Brisbois, 29.82m/ 97-10
Final Team Scores
1, UCF, 160
2, East Carolina, 132.16
3, Southern Miss, 81
4, Houston, 74
5, Rice, 60.50
6, SMU, 60
7, UAB, 58
8, Memphis, 55
9, UTEP, 54
10, Tulane, 33.33
11, Marshall, 28
12, Tulsa, 23
2012 WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
High Point Scorer of the Meet - Aurieyall Scott, UCF
Performance of the Meet - Tori Bowie and Ganna Demydova, Southern Miss
Freshman of the Meet - Octavious Freeman, UCF
Coach of the Year - Caryl Smith Gilbert, UCF