July 8, 2008
Bydgoszcz, Poland - Representing TEAM USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Rice freshman Becky Wade ran a personal-best time of 10:24.14 to place ninth in heat one of the 3000m steeplechase and 13th overall Tuesday morning. The top 12 advanced to the finals.
"It was a good race and I'm a little disappointed I didn't catch some of the girls ahead of me at the end," said Wade. "I'm happy with my time since it's a personal best. Coach (Patrick) Shane talked about going out a little conservative early on to let the anxious and excited girls to take it out early. Then halfway through I started to pick up my pace and move up the field. Running on this level has been really exciting."
The Dallas native's previous best time was 10:29.23 at the Duckett/Rice Twilight Meet on April 24. Wade's USA teammate Elizabeth Graney placed sixth in heat two with a time of 10:37.96 and finished 16th overall.
Wade earned a spot on TEAM USA when she won the U.S. Junior Outdoor Championship held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State with a winning time of 10:29.64.
For more information on the IAAF World Junior Championships go to www.iaaf.org.