Feb. 9, 2013
SEATTLE - Coming off a day in which she won her heat during the 200 meter run at the UW Husky Classic, junior Hilary Woods put together another impressive performance in the 400 meter relay by posting a personal best of 57.36.
Woods ran the event over half a second faster than her previous high - notched at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener in January 2012. Her time today was good enough for a ninth place finish in the composite results. However, the composite results aren't what impressed her coach.
"What I was really pleased with was that in her race last night and today, she won her heats," stated Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "She beat everybody she competed against. I thought that her effort and her competitive output were really good here in Seattle."
Two of Woods' teammates also competed in the 400 meter dash. Senior Tiffanie Smith finished in tenth place with a time of 57.38, while fellow senior Candice St. Etienne placed 17th with a time of 57.80. Smith and St. Etienne finished second in their respective heats.
Not to be overlooked, sophomore distance runner Paige Callahan shaved nearly a minute off her previous personal best in the 3,000 meter run on the afternoon. She finished with a time of 9:59.79, placing her seventh in school history in the event.
"Paige marked another very significant personal best that I know will help her prepare for the conference championship," added Peterson.
A little closer to home, Tulane's jumpers notched a handful of top ten finishes at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Freshman Tamika Brazzel finished fifth in the collegiate portion of the triple jump with a leap of 12.15 meters (39-10.50), and junior Briana Santiago was not far behind, jumping 12.07m (39-07.25) for a seventh place spot. Junior Melanie Mainor also finished in seventh place - in the high jump - by clearing 1.67 meters (5-05.75).
"These ladies getting exposure to this high level of competition today is very valuable as we move forward in our preparation for the conference meet," said Tulane track and field assistant coach for jumps Doug Fraley.
Today's performances from the Green Wave came one day after sophomore Merritt Van Meter shattered the school record in the pole vault by clearing 4.23 meters (13-10.5) during the Tyson Invitational. Her leap is by far the top mark in Conference USA, and it is also places her seventh among the nation's best. Next weekend, the Green Wave will make the short trip up I-10 to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Twilight. The following week will be the Conference USA Indoor Championships, held in Birmingham, Ala.
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DAY TWO RESULTS FROM TYSON INVITATIONAL
Women's High Jump
7. Melanie Mainor, 1.67m (5-05.75)
Women's Triple Jump (Collegiate)
5. Tamika Brazzel, 12.15m (39-10.50)
7. Briana Santiago, 12.07m (39-07.25)
Women's Triple Jump (Invitational)
11. Estefany Cruz, 12.20m (40-0.50)
DAY TWO RESULTS FROM UW HUSKY CLASSIC
Women's 60m Dash
19. Lilla McMillan, 7.78^
Women's 400m Dash
9. Hilary Woods, 57.36
10. Tiffanie Smith, 57.38
17. Candice St. Etienne, 57.80
Women's 800m Run
36. Jessica Adamson, 2:17.18
Women's 3,000m Run
34. Paige Callahan, 9:59.79
^= Prelim Time