Worth the Waite! Lennie is Rio Bound

Lennie Waite
June 26, 2016

By: Kenny Bybee (kab10@rice.edu)

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BIRMINGHAM, England - Former Rice Owl great Lennie Waite punched her ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by placing second (9:54.06) in the 3000m steeplechase at Sunday's British Championships.

Waite, who graduated from Rice in 2009, had already reached the Olympic qualifying mark (9:45.00) with a run of 9:35.91 back on June 12 when she set a personal best time at the Portland Track Festival. On Sunday the Paisley, Scotland native needed either a first or second place result to accomplish a lifelong dream.

"What an honor, I'm so very proud of Lennie," Rice women's T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. "This is a great day for her, for Rice and for our program. Her story is one of perseverance, determination and hard work. She is a tremendous representative of our great university and she now joins a select group of Rice women's T&F Olympians that have represented their country."

Waite becomes Rice's ninth Olympic athlete from the women's track and field program and the first since Funmi Jimoh competed in the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A 2009 recipient of the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, Waite earned All-American status at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships when she placed sixth in the mile and won two C-USA Indoor titles (mile, 3000m) that same season. She also played soccer for the Owls and was a member of the 2004 squad, which made the school's first-ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

The 3000m steeplechase final in Rio is scheduled to be held on Monday, Aug. 15 at 11:15 a.m.






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