March 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - In the outdoor season opener for both the Tulane men's and women's track & field teams, the Green Wave squads combined to capture 20 events, as the TU men scored 124 points, while the Wave women posted 242 points to take the Tulane Team Challenge today at City Park's Tad Gormley Stadium.
"I am very excited about today's two victories and especially for our men's team because this is a meet that we want to emphasize during the early season and really break the ice in a positive way," Tulane head coach Eric Peterson said. "The men really put a lot of effort into this meet and without an indoor season they are really itching to come out and perform well. We're excited about the men's team. They're off to a good start."
On the men's side, the Green Wave captured field events in the men's discuss and the high jump and on the track Tulane was the first to cross the finish line in the steeplechase, the 1,500-meter run, the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter run, the 3,000-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay. The Wave outdistanced second place Dillard by 29 points.
In the running events, freshmen Jack White won both of his races, including the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:07.91 and the 800 meters in a time of 2:00.94. White joined sophomore Mark Manion as a multiple event winner. Manion claimed the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a 6:30.10 showing and then won the 3,000 meters in a time of 9:17.45.
Senior Jon Frano was the third Green Wave to win more than one event with his victory in the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.96 and he ran the third leg in Tulane's win in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:25.47.
"There were some really good individual marks, including Max Yanker in the high jump, where he jumped a personal best, and double winners Mark Manion in the steeplechase and 3,000 meters and Jack White in the 1,500 meters and 1,800 meters, and finally Jon Frano in the 400 meters," Peterson said.
Tulane more than dominated on the women's side, outscoring runner-up Southeastern Louisiana, 242-83, and posted field event wins in the discus, javelin, long jump, the triple jump and pole vault. In the running events, the Wave won the steeplechase, the 4x400-meter relay, the 400-meter dash, the 100-meter dash, the 400-meter hurdles, the 200-meter dash and the 3,000-meter run.
In the field events, freshman Cheyenne Swanson ruled in the discus with a throw of 34.30 meters, while another rookie, Daliadiz Ortiz, claimed the javelin with a toss of 48.32 meters. Freshman Tamika Brazzel kept things rolling with her victory on the long jump with a long of 5.69 meters, while the Wave took the top two spots in the triple jump. Sophomore Estefany Cruz claimed top honors with her longest attempt of 11.48 meters, while junior Briana Santiago finished second behind her teammate with a jump of 11.21 meters.
Tulane carried its momentum on to the track and posted another win when freshman Mikayla Sonneborn took the steeplechase in a time of 9:28.04.
TU's group of senior Jerica Banks, freshman Lilla McMillan, junior Hilary Woods and senior Tiffanie Smith teamed up to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 42.25, while freshman Kayla Quincy won the 400-meters in a time of 57.69 and was one of four Green Wave runners to finish among the top four, including senior Candice St. Etienne (second), Woods (third) and sophomore Michelle Kreutzberg (fourth).
McMillan claimed top honors in her second event when she outran the competition in the 100 meters when she clocked a 12.78 winning time. Freshman Jessica Adamson then took home the victory in the 400 hurdles with her time of 1:05.47.
Woods joined McMillan as another multiple event winner when she outran the field in the 200 meters with a time of 26.15, while senior Adiyah Crute was second.
Tulane's final winner on the women's side was Aimee Arceneaux in the 3,000 with her victory over by a nose over Sonneborn and senior Emmi Aguillard in a time of 11:18.62, while Sonneborn and Aguillard each logged a time of 11:18.63 for second place.
"Our women's program has really been growing nicely over the years and we had a lot of victories and good individual performances today. The big thing is they came away with a team victory and that's a big positive to kick off our year with," Peterson said.
"I believe it's always really good to host an early season meet. We are very comfortable at Tad Gormley Stadium. It's a place where we train every day and it's great to be able to include the local schools and have a community meet here in New Orleans. It's great to test ourselves against the talent here in the city and coming away with a victory on both sides is great," Peterson added.