By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
EUGENE, OR – Former Rice great Becky Wade placed 25th overall, and eighth in her heat, in the 3000m steeplechase at Sunday’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Wade, from Dallas, competed in the third and final heat of the 3000m steeplechase and crossed the finish line in a time of 10:04.10. Only the top 14 runners advanced to Thursday’s finals.
The 2012 Rice graduate had been accepted into the Trials after a whirlwind of USATF committee decisions. Wade originally qualified for the Trials on June 4 at the American Track League in Atlanta when she beat the required Olympic Trials qualifying time (9:53) with a finish of 9:52.62.
Wade would later find out she was disqualified because the track had cones on the curves instead of rails, which was deemed not to be considered for Olympic Trial qualifying standards.
Wade rushed to compete in a last-minute meet to meet the standard time in Portland at the Stumptown Twilight on June 23 but rainy conditions prevented her from beating the time of 9:53. Eventually the committee reversed their original decision after an appeal on June 29.
Former Owl Ariana Ince (Rice, 2011) will be the fifth former/current Rice athlete to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials when she throws in the opening round of the women’s javelin on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (CT).