Feb. 27, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Senior Katarina Busljeta set a Tulane school record in the weight throw with a 16.79-meter toss, good for fourth place as the Green Wave opened the C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championship Friday at Houston's Yeoman Fieldhouse. Junior Olivia Kizzee advanced to the 200-meter final and Arielle Minor placed ninth in the pentathlon.
Kizzee advanced to the 200-meter final posting a 24.91 time in the prelims, eighth-best. Senior Shaina Pelham placed 15th in the prelims with a 25.32, while freshman Kasey Rodgers was 20th in 26.22. Kizzee will run in the finals on Saturday.
Kizzee also narrowly missed qualifying in the 60-meter dash, placing 11th, just 0.03 back of a place in the finals with a time of 7.57, her season best. Rodgers was 15th in 7.66.
Pelham qualified for the 400-meter final, with a 56.20 time in the third heat, making her the sixth qualifier in Saturday's final. Sophomore Aieshia Brooks placed 15th with a time of 58.16 and senior Vanessa Kienast turned in a 59.14 for 16th.
The first event up Friday was the pentathlon, in which junior Arielle Minor finished ninth. Freshman Kelly Curtis did not finish after pulling out of the 800-meter run. Minor won the shot-put portion, finished sixth in the 800-meter, eighth in the high jump, 13th in the long jump, and 15th in the 60-meter hurdles for a score of 3190. Curtis picked up 2474 points through four events, and was in position to finish in the top 12 with a respectable showing in the 800-meter.
Tulane sits in 11th place after day one with 10 points, four back of a tie for ninth and 11 points out of fourth place. Action resumes on Saturday at 11 a.m.