The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 75, No. 25, Ed. 1 Friday, April 8, 1988 Page: 11 of 24
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THRESHER Feature Friday, April 8,1988 11
Just ask any of the fans or par-
In at the track near Rice Stadium,
ras tense moments and hoarse
lected successes and stunning
\ners of some, losers of others,
igers as well. Some
or chug twenty-four ounces,
Penalties for "wet chugs" and
with the alumni race by a wide
I sided. Those who won exalted
it wait 'til next year.
Will Rice's Nancy Jones races ahead of Hanszon's Mari Ochiai to lead the pack in the women's race
Will Rice women sizzle to sixth straight success
by Juliet VanMorrison
Women's Beer/Bike 1988: The times
were faster than ever before, the com-
petition was intense and Sid Rich had
its first women's team. Yet once again,
the Will Rice women won, making this
year's race the sixth victory in a row for
the women in fuchsia. However, it was
not an easy victory by any means, as
Will Rice did not gain the lead until the
Although Will Rice's first rider fin-
ished first with a time of 1:26, a track
penalty and a wet chug held the next
rider back and Hanszen took the lead,
with Jones and Lovett not far behind.
While Hanszen lead for the first eight
riders, the Will Rice women steadily
tightened the gap between themselves
and the lead rider. After the eighth
rider, Hanszen and Will Rice were
even. Team captains Nanqy Jones
(WRC) and Mari Ochiai (Hanszen)
battled for the lead, with WRC pulling
away on the second lap. A wet chug
held Hanszen's anchor rider back, al-
lowing Will Rice an easy finish.
"Our victory was much sweeter this
year," commented Will Rice bike co-
captain Sarah Bellavance,"... we had a
lot of competition and were forced to
work hard." As a result of the competi-
tion, Will Rice had six women with
times of 1:28 or faster: Leslie Hake
(1:26), Nancy Jones (1:26), Beth
O'Donnell (1:27), Ruth de la Garza
(1:28), Jen Cooper (1:28), and Bel-
lavance (1:28). These performances
enabled the team to beat its own track
record with a new record time of 16:01,
including three penalties.
Hanszen showed considerable im-
provement over last year's time (16:44)
with a sizzling 16:08 (including one
penalty). Veteran riders like bike cap-
tain Mari Ochai, Julie Wroble and
Tracy Sharp rode 1:30 while freshman
Stephanie Green and veteran Mary
Bittle rode 1:28. Ochai was "excited
that we had done that well." Hanszen
stands in the best position'to break the
Will Rice dynasy in women's biking
As for Jones College, depth of the
team and lack of penalties led the col-
lege to a solid third place finish with a
time of 16:19. Two riders were under
1:30: Gretchen Wasserstrom (1:26) and
Andi Gait (1:29). Lovett College, cap-
tained by Millicent Coil, finished
fourth with a time of 16:26.
Brown College finished fifth, a mere
one-tenth of a second in front of Wiess,
on the strength of anchor rider Allison
Rader's 1:26. Rader, the women's bike
captain, felt that Brown would have
done better if not for a penalty at the
beginning of the race. Brown's time
was 17:05.41 and Wiess' time was
17:05.47. Baker finished next to last at a
time of 17:24.
Sid Rich fielded its first women's
team, composed mostly of freshmen.
Although they finished last, bike cap-
tain Janice Rollefson felt that the im-
portant thing was that they "had a
good time." She also commented that
the team would be more prepared next
year. Freshman Eva Belik rode a 1:30,
so look for a stronger showing from Sid
One Baker member in chug position
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Wucker, Michele. The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 75, No. 25, Ed. 1 Friday, April 8, 1988, newspaper, April 8, 1988; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth245692/m1/11/?q=beer+bike: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.