Jan. 18, 2013
ALBUEQUERQUE, N.M. - Although just four Tulane track and field athletes competed on day one of the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational, they performed big as all four placed in the top ten of their respective events - highlighted by junior Melanie Mainor's high jump and freshman Jessica Adamson's 600 meter race.
"We anticipated strong performances from all ten of our athletes that we brought on this trip, and we got off to a strong start today," stated Tulane track and field head coach Eric Peterson.
Mainor - who was last to compete on the day for the Green Wave - placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 1.68 meters (5' 6"). By clearing that height, she broke her personal best by three centimeters. Her competition was stiff, with athletes from USC, BYU, Stanford and California.
"Melanie was in a very competitive field with some very good jumpers - some that are the best in the United States," added Peterson. "She beat a lot of them today."
Adamson had a phenomenal day by placing third in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:36.92. Her time was a second faster than her previous personal best. The Ontario native competed today for the first time since the opening meet of the season on Dec. 1.
"This event is one that doesn't get contested very often," said Peterson. "But, we used this as an opportunity to give Jessica a chance to adjust herself in longer distances than what she is used to, and she responded well."
The two other performances on the day were not to be overlooked. Freshman Tamika Brazzel continues to impress in the long jump. Her jump of 5.56 meters (18' 3") today placed ninth - marking her third time competing in the event on the year. Sophomore Kelci Lyons rounded out the competition by placing seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.63.
The Greenies will return to the Albuquerque Convention Center tomorrow to compete in four events - including the pole vault and triple jump - on day two of the meet. Redshirt sophomore Merritt Van Meter will look to earn her third individual event title in the pole vault while competing with three teammates - Joanna Lapucha, Jessica Knierim and Jill Doyle. Brazzel will look to build upon her outstanding triple jump from the UAB Blazer Indoor Invitational last weekend, along with star redshirt sophomore Estefany Cruz and junior Briana Santiago.
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RESULTS FOR DAY ONE OF THE NEW MEXICO CHERRY & SILVER INVITATIONAL
Women's 400m Dash
7. Kelci Lyons, 58.63
Women's 600m Run
3. Jessica Adamson, 1:36.92
Women's High Jump
4. Melanie Mainor, 1.68m (5' 6")
Women's Long Jump
9. Tamika Brazzel , 5.56m (18' 3")