Jessica Knierim posted the second best pole vault in school history at the LSU Relays
March 23, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - Tulane's track and field squads performed solidly against top-notch competition this weekend by posting a total of 15 top ten finishes at the LSU Relays on Friday and Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., including a first place finish by the men's sprint medley squad.
Tulane's men's sprint medley squad finished in first place on Friday with a time of 3:27.49. The quartet of senior Jon Frano, senior Albert Williams, junior Christopher Arechiga and sophomore Xavier Rush posted the fourth best sprint medley relay time in Tulane history.
"It is very exciting for the men's team to win an event like this," said Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "We finished very low in the event last year at this meet. Obviously, the team is made up of different athletes. The impressive team is that Albert (Williams) stumbled dramatically out of the blocks, but he was able to regain his balance and got us off to a decent start. Collectively, they did a great job to come away with a victory. I know it was fun for them, but it was exciting for the whole team to watch them come out and get a win."
Also on Friday at the LSU Relays, sophomore Jessica Knierim bested her personal high in the pole vault by clearing 3.76 meters (12' 4"). Her jump is the second best in school history. The women's 1,600 spring medley relay team notched a fifth place finish with a time of 4:09.13. Junior Charlotte Manogue also posted a very respectable 5:05.75 in the 1,500 race. On the men's side, sophomore Geoffery Zelek crushed his previous career best time in the 5,000 race, finishing in 16:16.73.
"I think Jessica is on the verge of making a very significant breakthrough," added Peterson. "Every indication we have gotten from watching her at practice is that she is very close to figuring things out. I know she was happy with the result, and we know she is eager to test her abilities next weekend."
Freshman Jack White also impressed the coaches with his eighth place finish in the 1,500 meter relay with a time of 4:01.41.
During the bulk of the competition - held on Saturday - the Tulane women's track and field team posted six top ten finishes, including two top ten finishes from two women's relay squads. The 4 x 400 meter relay team composed of seniors Tiffanie Smith, Jamie Riles and Candice St. Etienne, along with junior Hilary Woods, notched a time of 3:47.96. They finished in front of every team other than the A and B teams from LSU. The Women's 4 x 100 meter relay squad of Woods, Smith, senior Jerica Banks and freshman Lilla McMillan posted a time of 47.26 for a sixth place finish. In the 400 meter hurdles, the women's team placed three in Smith, Adamson and St. Etienne. The trio finished in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Smith nearly eclipsed her personal best of 1:02.18. Junior Callie Turlington placed fifth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:47.08.
On the men's side of the team on Saturday, senior Brian Lozes notched a fourth place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:55.82. Fellow senior Max Yanker cleared 2.03 meters (6' 8") in the high jump, which was good enough for sixth place on the day. Freshman Adam Yohanan performed well in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:56.74.
"In general, we continued to improve as a team across the board from what we have been showing during the last couple of weeks," stated Eric Peterson. "With spring break next week, we are looking forward to being able to focus completely on training before we head to California for the Stanford Invitational."
Two states over, Tulane assistant coach for throws Gary England took freshman Cheyenne Swanson and sophomore Thomas Lynch to compete in the discus at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays. They were able to compete during their normally scheduled time before rain delayed the meet for hours. Swanson posted a new personal best with a throw of 38.71 meters (127' 0"), and Lynch notched a distance of 47.31 meters (155' 2").
"They are both progressing like we had anticipated," said England. "I'm happy with their performances today, and they should be too. We are on schedule and on point to represent Tulane at the conference meet."
The Greenies will head out west to compete in the Cal Multis and the Stanford Invitational next week.
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TULANE RESULTS FOR THE LSU RELAYS
Women's 100m Dash
13. Lilla McMillan, 12.29
22. Adiyah Crute, 12.52
Women's 400m Dash
12. Kayla Quincy, 57.53
16. Jerica Banks, 58.58
Women's 800m Run
18. Charlotte Manogue, 2:24.00
-- Amanda Savage, DNS
Women's 1,500m Run
18. Charlotte Manogue, 5:05.75
21. Callie Turlington, 5:09.36
-- Mikayla Sonneborn, DNS
Women's 100m High Hurdles
15. Adiyah Crute, 15.04
25. Heather Volk, 17.01
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
5. Tiffanie Smith, 1:02.42
6. Jessica Adamson, 1:03.14
7. Candice St. Etienne, 1:03.41
17. Heather Volk, 1:08.47
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase
5. Callie Turlington, 12:47.08
-- Mikayla Sonneborn, DNS
Women's 4 x 100m Relay
6. Tulane (Banks,McMillan,Woods,Smith), 47.26
Women's 4 x 400m Relay
3. Tulane (Woods,St. Etienne,Riles,Smith), 3:47.96
Women's 1,600m Sprint Medley
5. Tulane (McMillan,Woods,Quincy,Kreutzberg), 4:09.13
Women's High Jump
13. Melanie Mainor, 1.59m (5' 2.5")
Women's Pole Vault
6. Jessica Knierim, 3.76m (12' 4")
8. Joanna Lapucha, 3.56m (11' 8")
13. Jill Doyle, 3.36m (11' 0.25")
-- Haley Miller, NH
Women's Long Jump
14. Estefany Cruz, 5.38m (17' 8")
18. Tamika Brazzel, 5.25m (17' 2.75")
Men's 100m Dash
19. Albert Williams, 11.03
27. Xavier Rush, 11.14
Men's 400m Dash
11. Jon Frano, 48.90
31. John Mouton, 50.69
36. Peter Haskins, 52.64
Men's 800m Run
10. Adam Yohanan, 1:56.74
25. Michael Villasin, 2:04.37
-- Jonathan Heil, DNS
Men's 1,500m Run
8. Jack White, 4:01.41
13. Brian Lozes, 4:08.76
16. Nicholas Meloro, 4:12.52
Men's 5,000m Run
12. Geoffery Zelek, 16:16.73
Men's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
10. Justyn Shackleford, 55.90
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
4. Brian Lozes, 9:55.82
-- Mark Manion, DNS
-- Nicholas Meloro, DNS
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
11. Tulane (Arechiga,Williams,Shackleford,Rush), 42.10
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
9. Tulane (Arechiga,Frano,Mouton,Shackleford), 3:20.38
Men's 1,600m Sprint Medley
1. Tulane (Williams,Rush,Arechiga,Frano), 3:27.49
Men's High Jump
6. Max Yanker, 2.03m (6' 8")
TULANE RESULTS FOR JOHN MITCHELL ALABAMA RELAYS
Women's Discus Throw
12. Cheyenne Swanson, 38.71m (127' 0")
Men's Discus Throw
15. Thomas Lynch, 47.31m (155' 2")