Sophomore Tiffany Kenney's fifth place performance in the pentathlon earned Tulane four points on the day
Feb. 23, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sophomore Tiffany Kenney came up big for the Green Wave in the pentathlon, placing fifth overall, during day one of the Conference USA Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Kenney's 3,569 points - a new personal best - earned Tulane four points in the overall team competition on the afternoon.
In the five events she competed in, Kenney produced impressive results in the 800 meter run, finishing in second with a time of 2:21.52, and finishing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 5.47 meters (17-11.50). Both results were new personal bests for the Colorado Springs, Colo., native.
"My goal coming in was to take top five, and I got to do that today," said Kenney. "I wanted to improve on what I did last year, because I just missed scoring points by finishing ninth. For the most part, I was really happy with the results of all of the events. Overall, it was just a big improvement."
During the pentathlon portion of the meet, Kenney took part in three other events. She finished with a season personal best of 9.26 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles, which is one one-hundredth off her personal best. She cleared 1.57 meters (5-1.75) in the high jump and she threw the shot put 9.82 meters (32-2.75).
"We were very pleased with Tiffany's performance," stated Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "We didn't predict to get as many points from the pentathlon as we did."
Tulane earned the remainder of their 12 points from the pole vault event. Sophomore Merritt Van Meter came into the day with the top jump in the conference on the season. During the meet, she cleared 3.74 meters (12-3.75), placing fourth and earning the squad five points. Junior Joanna Lapucha notched a fifth place finish with a jump of 3.74 meters (12-3.75), followed by sophomore Jessica Knierim's sixth place finish when she cleared 3.59 meters (11-9.25).
"Joanna and Jessica placed exactly where we thought they would, and that is very positive," added Peterson. "Merritt was looking for more, and is certainly capable of more, but it's also the first time she has been in a championship setting in a very long time. There is a very different element - both psychologically and emotionally - when you approach something not only for yourself, but for the team. We are all very confident that Merritt is going to bounce back from this in a positive way."
After the first day, Tulane sits in eighth place, with a total of 16 points. Memphis leads the way with 36 points, followed by UCF (33), UAB (31), Houston (22), East Carolina (20), SMU (20), and Rice (18).
"Our team is really sitting where we thought we would be after today, especially after what Tiffany did," added Peterson. "I think all the way through the group, there were individual improvements. All of those things are positive, even though they didn't place in the final and they won't produce scoring opportunities for our team."
Day Two of the Conference USA Championships will begin tomorrow at 10am CST. The Green Wave will look for scoring performances from three main events: the high jump, triple jump and 4 x 400 meter relay.
Junior Melanie Mainor will look to match her jump of 1.73 meters (5-8) in the high jump, which was the fourth best jump in the conference on the season.
Tiffanie Smith, Candace St. Etienne, Hilary Woods and Kayla Quincy will join forces in the 4 x 400 meter relay tomorrow. Smith, Woods and St. Etienne all participated in the 400 meter dash during day one of the conference meet, but did not place themselves in the final individual run.
Star freshman Tamika Brazzel entered this weekend's meet with the third best triple jump in the conference, leaping of 12.51 meters (41-0.5), followed by sophomore Estefany Cruz's fourth place jump of 12.49 meters (40-11.75). Junior Briana Santiago is also in the top eight, placing sixth with a jump of 12.17 meters (39-11.25).
Live stats from the meet will be made available through www.flashresults.com/flashtexas.
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DAY ONE RESULTS FOR THE CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women's 200m Dash
11. Lilla McMillan, 24.56
Women's 400m Dash
10. Tiffanie Smith, 56.90
11. Hilary Woods, 57.00
12. Candice St. Etienne, 57.03
Women's 800m Run
16. Jessica Adamson, 2:16.59
21. Charlotte Manogue, 2:21.27
Women's 5,000m Run
11. Paige Callahan, 17:37.94
Women's 60m Hurdles
13. Adiyah Crute, 8.88
Women's Distance Medley
10. Tulane (Lyons, Banks, Kreutzberg, Callahan), 12:40.58
Women's Pole Vault
4. Merritt Van Meter, 3.74m (12-3.75)
5. Joanna Lapucha, 3.74m (12-3.75)
6. Jessica Knierim, 3.59m (11-9.25)
12. Haley Miller, 3.14m (10-3.50)
15. Jill Doyle, 3.14m (10-3.50)
5. Tiffany Kenney, 3569 pts.
-60m Hurdles, 7th, 9.26
-High Jump, t-6th, 1.57m (5-1.75)
-Shot Put, 7th, 9.82m (32-2.75)
-Long Jump, 4th, 5.47m (17-11.50)
-800m, 2nd, 2:21.52
11. Dana Ohlson, 3036 pts.
-60m Hurdles, 8th, 9.32
-High Jump, t-6th, 1.57m (5-1.75)
-Shot Put, 11th, 8.60m (28-2.75)
-Long Jump, 9th, 5.09m (16-8.50)
-800m, 12th, 2:49.48
WOMEN'S TEAM STANDING
After 6 Events
1. Memphis, 36
2. UCF, 33
3. UAB, 31
4. Houston, 22
5. East Carolina, 20
6. SMU, 20
7. Rice, 18
8. Tulane, 16
9. Southern Miss, 14
10. Tulsa, 13
11. Marshall, 8
12. UTEP, 3