May 17, 2012
The Rice University women's track and field team will be represented by five individuals at the NCAA West Preliminary Round hosted by the University of Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Action takes place on Thursday, May 24 through Saturday, May 26, 2012. Forty-eight athletes are entered for each event and 24 teams for each relay.
The top 12 places of each event from the East and West advance to the NCAA Championship. The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship is slated for June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sprinter Candace Springer, a junior from Houston, will run the 200m. Springer is ranked 43rd in the West with a time of 24.04
Seniors Allison Pye and Becky Wade will run the 5000m and 10,000m events respectively. Pye, from nearby Cypress, Texas, enters the competition ranked 20th with a time of 16:16.91. Wade, a native of Dallas, ranks fifth in the 10,000m with a time of 32:40.82. California's Deborah Maier leads the 10K field with a time of 32:12.47. Wade was a double-winner at the Conference USA Outdoor Championship in the 5000m and 10,000m, with Pye running fifth in the 10,000m and second in the 5000m.
In the field events, the Owls will have senior Cleona Oliver in the pole vault and freshman Claire Uke in the shot put. Oliver, a San Antonio native, ranks 46th in the West Region with a career-best height of 3.98m/13-0.75. Uke, from Cedar Hill, Texas, is listed 30th in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 15.58m/51-1.5.
"We are happy to be going into the first round of NCAA with people in all disciplines: the throws, the jumps, the distances and the sprints," comments Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "Obviously, the objective is to compete at our best and qualify to the final round of the NCAA in Des Moines, and our ladies will be doing their level best to get there."