July 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Rice senior trio of Cleona Oliver, Allison Pye and Becky Wade were all named to the women's 2012 Division I All-Academic Track & Field team, the national coaches association announced on Wednesday (July 25).
The annual academic award is sponsored by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA). To qualify for the All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Oliver proved to be one of the top pole vaulters in Conference USA, finishing second in the league's indoor meet with a mark of 3.76-meters (12' 4"). She was fifth in the C-USA outdoor meet and placed in the Top 20 of the NCAA West Regionals. A native of San Antonio, Oliver graduated last spring with a 3.45 grade point average and was recently accepted into Dental School.
Pye is a multiple USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honoree who maintained a 3.97 GPA in kinesiology. A local standout from Cy Creek High School, Pye finished second in the C-USA Outdoor 5,000-meters (16:32.84) and was third in the conference indoors with a school record time of 16:18.24. In her career she has numerous academic accolades, including seven President's Honor Roll appearances and four C-USA All-Academic Team honors and Commissioner's Honor Rolls.
Wade meanwhile has added another prestigious award to an already impressive resume that includes All-America status in indoor and outdoor track, and cross country. The Dallas native won C-USA titles this year in the mile at the indoor championships, and doubled with gold medals in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races in the outdoor season. After the collegiate season she went on to reach the finals of the 3-000 meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the classroom, Wade was an easy choice for Academic All-America honors after graduating with a 4.00 GPA while majoring in sociology, history and psychology.
The full list of 2012 Division I All-Academic Track & Field honorees is located on the USTFCCCA web site