Feb. 9, 2012
Rice senior cross country team members Allison Pye and Becky Wade have earned 2011 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status has announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Wade, a native of Dallas and from Ursuline Academy, placed 23rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, becoming the Owls' first All-America in 25 years. She ran second at the NCAA South Central Regional in Waco, Texas, to earn her third All-South Central Regional accolade and an at-large spot to run at the NCAA Championship. Wade also placed fifth at the 2011 Conference USA Championship and was awarded All-C-USA First Team for the second time in her career.
She is the first ever Rice Owl to compete in four NCAA Cross Country Championships. Pam Klassen previously competed in three NCAA Championships (1985, 1986, and 1987). Klassen placed 25th in 1985 and 11th in 1986 to become Rice's only All-America in cross country. Wade previously competed at the NCAA Championship with the Rice Owls in 2007, when she was Rice's top runner (74th). In 2008, she placed 172nd and in 2010 she was Rice's second runner in placing 128th.
Wade is majoring in history, sociology, and psychology.
Pye, from Houston and Cypress Creek H.S., placed 14th at the NCAA South Central Regional and was first team All-Conference USA with a sixth place finish at the C-USA Championship. She was a member of the C-USA All-Academic as well as earning CoSIDA Academic All-District VI a year ago.
Pye is majoring in kinesiology as well as policy studies.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.