By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
KARLSTAD, Sweden - Former Rice All-American distance runner Lennie Waite set a lifetime best and won the 3000m steeplechase race Wednesday at the Karlstad Grand Prix at Tingvalla IP, hitting the qualifying mark for the IAAF World T&F Championships in Beijing to be held in August. Waite is expected to find out on July 26 whether the committe will accept her mark and allow her to compete in Beijing.
Waite's time of 9:40.39 moved her into fifth place on the UK all-time 3000m steeplechase list. A Scotland native, Waite held off USA's Bridget Franek (9:42.59) and will be representing the UK, Adidas Running and Rogue Athletic Club if she competes in Beijing.
According to www.iaafbeijing2015.com, Waite would first appear in the 3000m steeplechase (heats) in Beijing on Aug. 24 in the morning section at 9:45 a.m. If she were to qualify, Waite would then appear in the finals on the evening of Aug. 26.
Along with a prestigious running career (2004-08) at Rice in which she was named the 2008 C-USA Indoor Female Track Athlete of the Year, Waite also played on the Owls' soccer team (2004-05).