June 7, 2012
Des Moines - Distance runner Becky Wade earns her third All-America accolade for 2011-12 with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship held at Drake Stadium Thursday night.
Wade, from Dallas, Texas, posted a time of 33:13.57 in finishing eighth and scores one team point Rice. The top eight in each event are deemed first-team All-America, with the next eight places earning second-team All-America.
"Becky Wade ran an outstanding race," commented Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "It was a tough race, going out so fast and Becky raced tough. She completed an outstanding year in making All-America in cross country, second-team All-America in indoor, and first-team All-America in outdoor track. It's very tough to be at that high a level at three different times a year and Becky is one of those rare performers. What a year she's had, and once again, I'm so lucky to have been able to work with her for her career."
She also earned All-America honors in cross country and for the 5000m at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Wade, as a freshman in 2008, placed 20th in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championship with a time of 35:51.16 to earn her first All-America honor. She also was All-America in placing 11th in the 10,000m in 2009.
Natosha Rogers, from Texas A&M, was first at 32:41.63, Aliphine Tuliamuk (Wichita State) was second at 32:45.43, and California's Deborah Maier ran third (32:47.20).
Wade went out fast with a 5:05 time for the first mile and separated from field to a group of 13 runners. The pace then slowed for two miles before some surging took place. She moved up to run in fifth through seventh place for most of the middle part of the race. After 6,000 meters, the field became 11, then 10, nine, and then 8. Wade ran in eighth until the group dropped her while lapping a runner with 1,900 meters remaining. Becky then ran by herself and held her position until the finish.
"It was a hard and honest race tonight and I'm really happy to end my career placing in the top eight," said Wade. "Coach Bevan has been an unbelievable coach and inspiration to me during my Rice career. I can't thank him enough for getting me here and believing in me."
The Rice graduate now turns her attention to training for the 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials held in Eugene, Ore.