Nov. 17, 2011
Becky Wade, a senior cross country runner, competes in her fourth NCAA Cross Country Championship in her career on Monday, November 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Dallas native placed 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 last year she was Rice's second runner in placing 128th.
Indiana State hosts the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The men's race begins at approximately 11:08 a.m. CT, followed by the women's race at approximately 11:58 a.m.
A live webcast of the championships will be shown from 11 to 12:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Saturday, December 18, from noon to 1:00 p.m. CT on CBS HD.
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals qualified in their respective NCAA regional competitions. Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large. Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region.