June 4, 2009
Rice Owl women's track and field will be represented by five distance runners at the upcoming 28th Women's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship to be held in Fayetteville, Ark. and hosted by the University of Arkansas. Action takes place June 10-13 at John McDonnell Field.
Waite is the school-record holder for the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:00.30. She placed second at the NCAA Midwest Regional (10:00.71), while teammate Mericle was sixth at 10:16.87. Waite also won the 2009 Conference USA 3000m steeplechase event with a time of 10:13.92, while Mericle was third (10:21.39).
In the 5000m, Wells holds the school record at 16:20.95 ran at Stanford's Cardinal Invitational on May 2. She placed third at the C-USA Outdoor Championship (16:40.57) and fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional (16:28.35). Pye holds a personal best time of 16:21.35 ran at this year's Mt. SAC Relays. She finished sixth at the C-USA championship (16:50.00) and eighth at the NCAA Midwest Regional (16:40.31).
Wade set a meet record in winning the 10,000m run at the C-USA Outdoor Championship with a time of 34:41.14. This is her second appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. A year ago, Wade, as a freshman, placed 20th in the 10,000m with a time of 35:51.16.