March 16, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -Saturday saw the Tulane outdoor track and field team return to action as the Southern Miss Invitational on USM's campus in Hattiesburg, Miss., and the Green Wave got strong results from athletes on the men's and women's squads.
Two Tulane runners in freshman Sara Kebede and sophomore Lilla McMillanwon event titles in their respective events, while a quartet of men posted one of the top relay times in school history during the first time working together.
Tulane finished one-two in the women's 800 meter run, as Kebede - who made her outdoor season debut - and junior Michelle Kreutzbergwere the two fastest in the event. Kebede finished in a time of 2:18.74, while Kreutzberg was just behind her with a time of 2:19.67. Both were new personal bests.
Another true freshman in Katharine Smileyput together a nice run on Saturday, as the rookie ran a 5:07.45 in the 1,500 meters. Smiley placed third in the event.
McMillan competed in two individual events, winning the event title in the 200 meter for the second consecutive week and placing third in the 100 meter dash. The Mill Valley, Calif., native notched a time of 24.29 in the 200 meter dash, just .21 seconds slower than her personal best. In the 100 meter dash, McMillan ran a 12.31.
Freshman shot putter Taylor Pottshas continued her absolute tear as of late, as the Fishers, Ind., native posted another career-best performance on Saturday. Potts placed second in the shot put with a toss of 13.71 meters (44-11.75), one week after throwing 13.51 meters (44-4) at the Jaguar Opener. After fouling at the Samford Multi and Invitational on Feb. 7 during the indoor season, Potts posted three-consecutive personal-best performances, including a Bronze Medal throw at the Conference USA Indoor Championships. In just two meets during the outdoor season, Potts has posted back-to-back personal bests.
Sophomore hammer thrower Cheyenne Swansonnotched another personal best on Saturday. The Hailey, Idaho, native had a throw of 35.66 meters (117-0), that still ranks her at fourth in school history. On Saturday, the mark was good for tenth.
Redshirt freshman Daliadiz Ortizplaced second on the day in the javelin after putting up a career-best performance. Saturday's competition was just Ortiz' third as a collegiate athlete, and she recorded a throw of 48.86 meters (160-4). Her throw was just under two-tenths of a meter shorter than her personal best, which is impressive considering the Puerto Rican missed all but one meet last year because of a shoulder injury.
On the men's side, four Tulane football players - all newcomers to the track and field program - joined forces for the first time in the 4 x 100 meter relay, and posted the third-best finish on the day with a time of 42.01. Freshman Sherman Badie, freshman Richard Allen sophomore Lorenzo Doss and junior Taurean Nixon ran a time that is good for seventh place in Tulane history.
Another gridiron athlete who is has hung up his pads during the outdoor season is freshman Eldrick Washington, who posted a fourth-place shot put toss on Saturday of 13.55 meters (44-4.5). Washington's throw ranks seventh in school history.
Sophomore Jack White followed up his event title in the 1,500 meter run last weekend with another solid outing on Saturday. White posted a time of 4:06.30, which is within a second of his personal best, for a second place finish. Freshman Kade Kistnerwas not far behind, as he finished third with a time of 4:08.02 in his collegiate debut.
Next weekend, the Green Wave will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a very important meet - the Alabama Relays. After two tune up meets in Saturday's Southern Miss Invitational, and last weekend's Jaguar Opener, the Green Wave coaching staff is looking for improvements from their athletes on a larger stage.
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Tulane Results for the Southern Miss Invitational
Women's 100m Dash
3. Lilla McMillan, 12.31
Women's 200m Dash
1. Lilla McMillan, 24.29
6. Hilary Woods, 25.68
Women's 400m Dash
3. Hilary Woods, 58.27
27. Alison Wegner, 1:03.80 *
Women's 800m Run
1. Sara Kebede, 2:18.74 *
2. Michelle Kreutzberg, 2:19.67 *
Women's 1,500m Run
3. Katharine Smiley, 5:07.45 *
Women's 100m High Hurdles
3. Dominique Hever, 15.31
Women's 400m Hurdles
4. Dominique Hever, 1:07.78 *
9. Madison Smith, 1:12.73 *
Women's Shot Put
2. Taylor Potts, 13.71m (44-11.75) *
Women's Discus Throw
9. Cheyenne Swanson, 35.95m (117-11)
Women's Hammer Throw
10. Cheyenne Swanson, 35.66m (117-0) *
2. Daliadiz Ortiz, 48.86m (160-4)
6. Tiffany Kenney, 30.09m (98-9)
8. Dana Ohlson, 25.80m (84-8) *
Men's 200m Dash
17. Christopher Arechiga, 22.61
Men's 400m Dash
13. Christopher Arechiga, 50.46
Men's 800m Run
6. Jonathan Heil, 1:58.53 *
Men's 1,500m Run
2. Jack White, 4:06.30
3. Kade Kistner, 4:08.02 *
10. Nicholas Meloro, 4:15.75
Men's 5,000m Run
6. Geoff Zelek, 16:34
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
3. Badie, Allen, Doss, Nixon 42.01
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
9. Arechiga, Badie, Doss, Heil, 3:33.27
Men's Pole Vault
1. Caleb Bertrand, 4.60m (15-1)
Men's Shot Put
4. Eldrick Washington, 13.55m (44-5.5)
Men's Discus Throw
2. Thomas Lynch, 46.63m (152-04)
*= Personal Best