May 28, 2008
The Rice Owls will have 12 women and two relay squads compete this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Midwest Regional in Lincoln, Neb. Hosted by the University of Nebraska, the NCAA Midwest Regional takes place Fri., May 30 and Sat., May 31 at Ed Weir Stadium.
Representing Rice are Shakera Reece and Desarie Walwyn in the 100m, Sarah Lyons in the 400m, Callie Wells in the 1500m, Becky Wade and Nicole Mericle in the 3000m steeplechase, Allison Pye in the 5000m, Chandra Ewing in the 400m hurdles, Lacee Carmon in the long jump, Sarah Agara and Jenny Glover in the triple jump, and Rachel Greff in the pole vault. The 4x100m relay team that qualified consists of Lyons, Reece, Brittany Washington, and Walwyn, while the 4x400m relay squad is comprised of Walwyn, Washington, Ewing, and Lyons).
"Right now we are healthy and have been having some great practices," says head coach Jim Bevan. "We have a lot people that are on the edge of either making or missing nationals."
One of Bevan's athletes that is practically a lock to advance to nationals is Greff in the pole vault. She currently ranks 10th in the nation by clearing 4.20m/13-9.25.
Walwyn's top time in the 100m is 11.45, while Reece's best time is at 11.46. Lyons' fastest time in the 400m is 53.11, which she set while winning the Conference USA outdoor title.
Wells' best 1500m time is 4:24.28. In the 3000m steeplechase, Wade set a school record with a time of 10:29.23 set at the J.Fred Duckett/Rice Twilight meet on April 24. Mericle's top in the 3000m SC is 10:35.88. Pye's fastest time in the 5000m is 16:45.00.
Ewing's top time in the 400m hurdles is 1:00.73. Rice's fastest time in the 4x100m relay is 1:00.73, while the 4x400m relay squad posted a fast time of 3:37.68.
In the horizontal jumps, Carmon's best mark in the long jump is 6.03m/19-9.5. Triple jumpers Agara and Glover have posted marks of 12.80m/42-0 and 12.42m/40-9 respectively.
The top five of each event earn automatic qualifier status for the NCAA Outdoor Championship held in Des Moines, Iowa, and hosted by Drake University at Drake Stadium June 11-14.