March 16, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - For not even thinking they were going to compete this weekend, the Tulane men's track and field squad performed very well against their competition at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, La., with seven athletes placing in the top eight in their events.
Senior Jon Frano posted a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.89, while sophomore Geoffery Zelek notched a time of 16:31.05 in the 5,000 meter run. Both marks were season bests for the athletes.
With an open week in the schedule, Tulane assistant track and field coach Hasani Roseby decided earlier this week that she would take some of the men's squad to compete in a meet very close to home.
"This was a meet where we wanted to give the men an opportunity to compete since they don't have an indoor season, and that's just what it was," said Roseby. "I enjoyed bringing just the men. It was good to be able to focus solely on their performances on the afternoon. We knew there wouldn't be many personal records set today because at this point in the season, we haven't tapered off on their training. They competed today amongst a heavy load of weight lifting and training. Their times will drop a little more during the upcoming weeks as we get closer to conference when we taper off on their training."
In addition to Frano and Zelek, freshman Jack White notched a fourth-best finish in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:05.70. That mark was a personal best for the Fairfield, Conn., native, besting his time of 4:07.91 he set at the Tulane Team Challenge two weeks ago.
Tulane placed two athletes in the top eight in the 3,000 meter steeplechase when redshirt senior Brian Lozes posted a fourth place finish in the event with a time of 10:13.60. Freshman teammate Nicholas Meloro was just behind him - placing sixth - with a time of 10:25.80.
Coming off a meet in which he set the school record in the discus, sophomore Thomas Lynch competed today in the same event, placing seventh with a toss of 45.34 meters (148' 9").
While most of the student-athletes for Tulane competed today with the hopes of building on prior meets this season, some of the members of the team were competing for the first time on the year. Sophomores Justyn Shackleford and Xavier Rush took part in their first meet of the 2013 season after wrapping up spring practice with the Tulane football squad. Both star as wide receivers for Curtis Johnson's football team.
"We had an opportunity to get our football guys some experience, and both did well," added Roseby.
Rush took part in the 100 meter dash, notching a time of 11.11, while former Green Wave football player Albert Williams notched a new personal best in the event with a time of 11.05. Shackleford competed in the 400 meter hurdles, placing eighth with a time of 55.52.
Next week, Tulane's track and field program will split, as they will send teams to compete in the LSU Relays in Baton Rouge, La., and the Alabama Relays in Birmingham, Ala.
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TULANE ENTRIES FOR THE LOUISIANA CLASSICS
Men's 100m Dash
19. Albert Williams, 11.05
23. Xavier Rush, 11.11
Men's 400m Dash
4. Jon Frano, 48.89
14. John Mouton, 49.89
16. Christopher Arechiga, 50.26
Men's 800m Run
13. Jonathan Heil, 2:00.97
Men's 1,500m Run
7. Jack White, 4:05.70
14. Adam Yohanan, 4:13.24
Men's 5,000m Run
7. Geoffery Zelek, 16:31.05
Men's 400m Hurdles
8. Justyn Shackleford, 55.52
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
4. Brian Lozes, 10:13.60
6. Nicholas Meloro, 10:25.80
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
6. Tulane (Arechiga,Frano,Shackleford,Mouton), 3:20.11
Men's Discus Throw
7. Thomas Lynch, 45.34m (148' 9")