June 9, 2010
Eugene, Ore. -- Senior Shakera Reece, one of Rice's fastest female sprinters ever, closed out her career at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship held Wednesday evening at Oregon's famed Hayward Field in Eugene. On a cool and wet night, the Barbados native ran in the first of three 100m prelims and posted a fifth-place time of 11.53 which was not fast enough to advance to the final. Only the top two times in each heat and then the next two fastest times earn spots in the final.
"I was proud of Shakera today, she competed well on the national stage and she ran very close to her season best on a less than perfect day," commented Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "Shakera will be greatly missed by our program as she has been a national performer for four years and is a great team leader. In the history of Rice University, Shakera is the fastest female runner ever and our program was fortunate to have such an outstanding student, athlete and teammate."
Reece in 2010 placed fifth in the 60m and ninth in the 200m at the Conference USA Indoor Championship. During the C-USA Outdoor Championship, she placed third in the 100m and in the 200m as well.