May 28, 2010
Rice senior Shakera Reece made certain that her career as an Owl would not come to a close on the track of Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium in Austin, overcoming a sluggish start to storm back and qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters Friday night. The NCAA Track & Field Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon from June 9-12.
Reece finished in 11.55, an improvement of her first-round clocking of 11.59 and just off her season-best of 11.53 at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Nine of the 12 qualifiers represented schools from Texas and Reece was joined by two others from C-USA, Blessing Okagbare of UTEP qualified second in 11.22 and Grecia Bolton of Houston was just ahead of Reece at 11.54.
"We're ecstatic that Shakera is going to Eugene," Rice head women's coach Jim Bevan said. "She did a great job coming from behind. She was dead-last coming out of the blocks, but ran a great race to earn her spot."
Less than two hours after qualifying in the 100, Reece barely missed adding the 200 meters to her itinerary in Eugene. She finished 25th in 24.15, .03 behind Chaniqua Corinealdi of TCU for the final qualifying spot.
Two of Reece's teammates fell short of earning a trip to nationals.
Kimberly Stanford lowered her personal-best in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 13.83, but finished four spots out of the final qualifying spot. Freshman Halsey Fowler finished 36th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 10:55.94.
"Kimberly ran a lifetime best, and Halsey has been battling a bug all week. She was not her best but felt good about competing here as a freshman," Bevan noted. "We've had two great days and I look forward to our races tomorrow," he added.