May 26, 2012
Austin - Senior distance runner Allison Pye placed 21st overall in the 5000m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round held Saturday night at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Pye, from Cypress, Texas, finished in 11th place in the second of two heats with a time of 17:02.25 and will not advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Only the top five runners from each heat, plus the next two fastest times qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Megan Goethals, of Washington, won heat one with a time of 15:46.82, while Stanford's Kathy Kroeger was second overall in capturing heat two with a time of 16:16.07. Pye had ran a career-best 5000m time of 16:16.91 earlier in the outdoor season at the Stanford Invitational (April 6).
"Allison ran with all she had tonight and was involved for the first two-thirds of the race with a chance to qualify and then faded, but continued to fight throughout," stated Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "She has been less than 100 percent with a sinus infection since conference, but nevertheless I'm very proud of how hard she fought and more importantly, what a great career she had at Rice. We're all proud of Allison Pye and she will be greatly missed."
She ends a fabulous Rice athletic career, which included three All-Conference USA Cross Country First-Team honors as well as a three-time C-USA medalist on the track. Pye also ran on three NCAA Championship qualifying cross country teams, as the Owls finished 16th, 25th and 31st in the nation. She also qualified for three outdoor national championships in track and field. Pye recently graduated from Rice summa cum laude and now turns her attention toward medical school.