By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON – After further review, Becky Wade is indeed headed to Eugene, OR to compete in the 3000m steeplechase at this weekend’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
The former Owl (Rice, 2012) had been alerted on Monday that her appeal was denied by the USATF despite running under the Trials standard on June 4 at the American Track League in Atlanta, where cones were used instead of a rail on the curve of the track. Under IAAF Competition Rules, any race run without a rail is deemed to not be considered for Olympic Trial qualifying standards.
Wade had completed the 3000m steeplechase race in a qualifying time of 9:52.62.
With just one meet available before the Olympic Trials, Wade booked a last-minute flight to Portland for the Stumptown Twilight on June 23 but due to weather conditions, her time of 10:08 didn’t meet the qualifying standard of 9:53.
Wade was led to believe that any hopes of competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials were diminished but late Tuesday evening checked the USATF entries page and found she was accepted into the Trials after all. She will now join Funmi Jimoh, Ariana Ince, Jason Colwick and Scott Filip as former/current Owls set to compete this weekend at the Trials.