March 24, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Tulane track and field program closed out their stay at the LSU Relays on Saturday (March 24) afternoon with a handful of top-five showings, one individual championship and a school record fall on the final day of competition at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
"I feel like our performances today indicates that we are ahead of where we were last year at this time," said Tulane head coach Eric Peterson, "and we are all enthusiastically looking forward to progressing through our competition schedule. Several of our athletes are starting this season ahead of where they ended last season and that is very encouraging to our coaching staff and our team, as a whole."
For the third straight meet, sophomore Joanna Lapucha set a school record in the pole vault. The Lafayette, La. native set the school standard at the C-USA Indoor Championships to end February, followed that with an outdoor best vault at the Aztec Invitational and one-upped herself on Saturday at LSU with a vault of 3.67-meters. Lapucha passed the opening height of the competition, cleared the second bar on her second attempt and vaulted 3.52-meters on her first attempt at the height. She missed her first two attempts at the height, but cleared the bar on her third attempt to grab a fourth place showing and the Tulane school record in the event.
"She did it again today," said Peterson. "One of the things that we want to see form all of our athletes in their careers is to develop consistency in their performances. When they begin to demonstrate that consistency and almost eliminate their really bad days, that is when they can really begin to set high goals for themselves. Joanna is approaching that point of her career. She is demonstrating consistency in workouts and that is showing now in her competitions."
"One young sprinter that may be getting overlooked this weekend is Hilary Woods," said Peterson. "Hilary opened her outdoor season with a pair of lifetime bests last weekend and today she ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400. Coach Roseby wanted to see how she would respond to that duty and she answered with a 55.60 (400 meter) split. That would be a personal best split and overall mark for her. As a whole, I am very pleased with our early season marks form our hurdlers and sprinters. It is exciting to see our development."
Kasey Rodgers followed up her solid performance in the prelims of the 100 meter with an even better showing in the finals on Saturday. The senior covered the straightaway in 11.75 to claim a runner up finish in the event, just behind LSU's Toshika Sylvester's 11.68 showing.
The 400-meter hurdle event was dotted with Olive and Blue competitors, as three of the seven athletes to step into the blocks were from Tulane. Zandria Debowles was the top collegiate finisher - placing second overall in the event - with a season-best time of 60.77. Candice St. Etienne placed third overall in 62.15 and Tiffanie Smith crossed the finish line in 65.79 to claim seventh place in the event.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team posted the second fastest time in the event since the program returned in in 2009. The quartet of Christopher Arechiga, Jon Frano, Jared Firestone and Garrett Myer passed the baton and crossed the finish line in 3:20.93.
Thomas Lynch competed in a pair of throwing events on the men's side of things, finishing 15th in the discus with a toss of 42.69-meter and 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 11.30-meters.
A complete recap of day one can be found by clicking here.
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|2012 LSU Relays Day Two Results|
|Women's Entries||Men's Entries|
100 Meter Finals
2. Kasey Rodgers, 11.75
400 Meter Hurdles Finals
2. Zandria Debowles, 60.77
3. Candice St. Etienne, 62.15
7. Tiffanie Smith, 65.79