April 30, 2012
Palo Alto, Calif. - Rice distance runner extraordinaire Becky Wade broke her own school record in the 5000m at Stanford's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field.
Wade, a senior from Dallas, Texas, and Ursuline Academy, ran 15:57.38 in section two to become the first Owl to run a sub-16:00 5000m time in Rice history in placing 12th. She snaps her own school record of 16:03.71 set at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 20, 2012.
"Becky went out faster than ever in her life in 4:59 for the first 1600m and held onto the group for another 600 meters before falling off the lead pack," said Wade's head coach, Jim Bevan. "She then did a great job, running by herself for the next four laps and then gradually picked off four runners and ran her last 800 meters in 2:30 and kicking for a Conference USA leading time, Olympic Trials B standard, and a new school record."
Also competing at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational were seniors Allison Pye and Sophie Peeters. Pye, who was a bit under the weather, ran 16:57.60 in 5000m section three race to finish fifth, but was the first collegian overall. Peeters, in the 800m section four race, ran the fastest 800m by an Owl this outdoor season with a time of 2:12.23 in placing ninth.