Assistant Coach Wade Wins USA Indoor Title

Bettie Wade

March 6, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – It was a successful weekend for the Kansas State track and field coaching staff with a USA championship going to assistant coach Bettie Wade. Wade won the USA Indoor Combined Events Championship on Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., with fellow assistant coach Kasey Hill finishing fourth.

Wade won the women’s pentathlon with her total of 4,439 points holding off Abbie Stechschulte by 102 points. Hill was not far off the pace with her 4,241 points claiming fourth.

The pair made an impact from the start with Wade and Hill each scoring more than 1,000 points in the 60 meter hurdles to open the competition. Wade continued that trend in the second event leaping over the bar at 5-11.50 to score 1,003 points in the high jump, the highest score in the discipline in the field. Only two competitors threw the shot put farther than Wade and Hill as each remained near the top of the pack through three events.

Heading into the final event, Wade led by 101 points over Cynthia DeLoach and Stechschulte trailed by 238 points. Stechschulte would make a charge running fast in the 800 meters, but Wade was able to hold off the pair running faster than DeLoach and crossing the line fast enough that Stechschulte could not catch her in the point standings.

Hill trailed Elizabeth Roehrig by 23 points for fourth going into the 800 meters, and she was able to run more than 11 seconds faster than Roehrig to surpass her in the final point tally and finish fourth.

This is Wade’s first USA championship after finishing fifth last year. Wade and Hill are each in their first year as full-time assistant coaches with K-State track and field after serving as volunteers last year. Both were All-Americans in college with Wade attending Michigan and Hill competing for Boston College. Both are ranked in the top five in the USA by Track & Field News.