Sept. 30, 2011
Notre Dame, Ind. - The Rice women's cross country team placed 14th at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon on the Notre Dame Cross Country Course.
The Owls totaled 390 points as they and the other 28 teams ran in tough conditions with temperatures dipping into the low 50's and winds at 20-30 MPH, with top gusts reaching 40 MPH and above. Due to severe rain in the area over the last week, the course was extremely wet, with soft spots throughout.
Florida State won the event with 54 points, while SMU's Silje Fjortoft claimed the individual title with a 5K time of 16:54. Another Conference USA runner, Risper Kimaiyo was third at 17:05, just behind BYU's Morgan Haws (17:02).
"I am very happy with our improvement today and our performance," stated Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "This was the premier race in the country and we beat some some very good teams, including C-USA foes SMU, UTEP, and UAB as well as Baylor, Texas A&M, Georgia, UCLA, and Washington State."
"It was good for Becky and Allison to face top competition," said Bevan. "They are great competitors and they are getting back into it. It was a much better race for Halsey and Heather. Farrah continues to be steady as a rock and this was a great performance for her as our fourth. Her diligence and hard work are really making an impact on our team"
Halsey Fowler was the third Owl runner at 91 (18:09), Farrah Madanay finished 119 (18:22), and Heather Olson placed 28th (18:28) to round out Rice's top five runners. Freshman Sasha Schoch was spiked early in the race and had to drop out.
Said Bevan, "Sasha will be involved with the team in a significant role as the season goes on. "
The Owls are next in action when they run at the HBU Invitational on Oct. 7.
1 Florida State, 54
2 Arkansas, 116
3 New Mexico, 164
4 Penn State, 188
5 Notre Dame, 210
6 BYU, 254
7 Clemson, 265
8 Princeton, 268
9 Missouri, 286
10 Weber State, 301
11 Stony Brook, 307
12 Toledo, 351
13 Ohio State, 366
14 Rice, 390
14 James Madison, 390
16 SMU, 398
17 Washington State, 420
18 Georgia, 421
19 Baylor, 445
20 Texas A&M, 455
21 Air Force, 535
22 Butler, 548
23 UCLA, 625
24 UAB, 629
25 UTEP, 638
26 Fresno State, 703
27 Utah State, 752
28 Auburn, 762
24, Becky Wade, 17:32
36, Allison Pye, 17:41
91, Halsey Fowler, 18:09
119, Farrah Madanay, 18:22
128, Heather Olson, 18:28
162, Allie Schaich, 18:46
193, Lindsay Miller, 19:06
203, Aaren Pastor, 19:19
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