June 11, 2009
Fayetteville, Ark. -- Rice distance runner Lennie Waite qualified for the finals of the 3000m steeplechase at the 28th NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at John McDonnell Field. After a three hour and 15 minute torrential rain delay, Waite finished third in her heat with a school record time of 9:50.48, surpassing the 10:00.30 she set at this year's Mt. SAC Relays.
"Lennie was awesome," said Rice women's track and field head coach Jim Bevan. "She finished strong and looked great and is ready for Friday's final."
Waite, from Austin, Texas, now prepares for the 3000m steeplechase final on Friday at 6:25 p.m.
In other action from late Wednesday night, senior Callie Wells and sophomore Allison Pye could not handle the surging tactics in the 5000m race and did not advance to the final. Wells clocked a time of 16:47.85, while Pye's time was 16:53.60.
"We will miss Callie Wells immensely," commented Bevan. "She is a great competitor, leader, and teammate and has contributed greatly to the program during her career. Allison (Pye) had a great season and she has already accomplished a lot in her first two years."
Wells' is Rice's 5000m record-holder with a time of 16:20.95 ran at Stanford's Cardinal Invitational this year.
Thursday night at 8:55 p.m. sophomore Becky Wade will compete in the 10,000m final. Wade's personal-best time is 33:49.45 ran at the Mt. SAC Relays.