Feb. 1, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Melanie Mainor posted a new personal record by clearing 1.73 meters (5' 8") in the high jump at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
On a day where Tulane traveled early in the morning only to compete later in the same day, track and field head coach Eric Peterson was pleased with what he saw out of his junior from Powder Springs, Ga.
"We traveled today," said Peterson. "Our kids got on a 4 a.m. flight this morning, flew out to Albuquerque, had a few hours of rest and came out to compete. For Melanie to be able to work through that and compete so well is a very strong indication that she is figuring this thing out. It was really fun to see."
The jump is good enough for third place all-time in Tulane's indoor record books. All-American Nadia Smith holds the school record, clearing 1.82 meters (5' 11½") back in 1997, and the second best jump belongs to former Mainor teammate Zandria Debowles, who cleared 1.75 meters (5' 8¾") two seasons ago.
"I'm really excited that I was able to get a personal record today after getting a personal record my last time out," stated Mainor. "This season is looking real good. I feel great that I am competing this well so early in the season. I'm really looking forward to what I can do for the rest of the year."
On the day, Mainor's jump placed fourth - the same place she finished at the Cherry and Silver Invitational on Jan. 18. While there, she posted a high jump of 1.68 meters (5' 6"). Becoming familiar with the venue - the Albuquerque Convention Center - is what she believes helped her break that personal record today.
"It always helps when you are familiar with the pit," said Mainor. "The surface in here is a little bit different than what we are used to. It's a little elevated off the ground, so having the experience from two weeks ago on the track helped me out this week."
"What I think Melanie worked through today is a good reminder to everyone that you are not always going to feel your best," stated Peterson. "You have to be willing to work through some adversity and not give up until you find your rhythm and timing, allowing yourself to develop some consistency. That will help you become successful no matter how you feel."
Sophomore Tiffany Kenney also set a personal record in the high jump today by clearing 1.58 meters (5' 2¼"). She placed tenth in the event. Tulane, along with Air Force, were the only two schools to produce two top ten finishes in the high jump.
Tulane only competed in one other event on the day - the long jump. The New Mexico Collegiate Classic meet standards state that jumpers participating in the long jump must clear a minimum length of 5.45 meters (17' 10¾"). Unfortunately, Kenney and freshman Dana Ohlson were credited with fouls in the long jump competition for not making the minimum.
Tomorrow, the Greenies will participate in three events, with Jessica Knierim, Joanna Lapucha and Merritt Van Meter competing in the pole vault, Estefany Cruz and Briana Santiago taking part in the triple jump and Kenney and Ohlson running in the 60 meter hurdles.
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RESULTS FOR DAY ONE OF THE NEW MEXICO COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
Women's High Jump
4. Melanie Mainor, 1.73m (5' 8")
10. Tiffany Kenney, 1.58m (5' 2¼")
Dana Ohlson, NH
Women's Long Jump
Tiffany Kenney, Foul
Dana Ohlson, Foul