March 28, 2013
BEREKLEY, Calif. - Tulane track and field sophomore Tiffany Kenney had a huge day at the Cal Multis in Berekely, Calif., where she placed third overall in the heptathlon by scoring 4,606 points - good for fourth place in Tulane history.
In the final event of the day, Kenney placed first overall in the 800 meter race, running a personal best of 2:21.08. That mark catapulted her - points wise - into third place. Prior to that, the Colorado Springs, Colo., crushed her personal best in the javelin with a throw of 31.10 meters (102' 0"). It was almost as if she got better as the event moved along.
"Tiffany made up quite a bit of ground after the first day," said Tulane assistant track and field coach Doug Fraley. "She managed to set a personal record in the javelin and in the 800 meter, and that was a big bonus for her. After the first day, she was in ninth place, and then after her long jump she was seventh, then after her javelin she was fifth and after the 800 she was third. It's funny, because she was just steady-as-she-goes for two days here. She didn't do anything bad. She was just solid in all seven events."
Freshman Dana Ohlson also competed in the heptathlon, placing 14th overall with 3,885 points.
"For Dana, she got her first collegiate heptathlon under her belt, and she was pretty decent in some events," added Fraley. "It was valuable experience for her that she can use moving forward."
Ohlson had never competed in the javelin or the 800 meter race at the collegiate level. Her throw of 26.01m (85' 4") in the javelin placed 10th overall, and her time of 2:53.63 in the 800 meter race was good for 15th. Ohlson started the day with a new personal best in the long jump with a leap of 5.14 meters (16' 10.50").
After the first day of competition on Wednesday, Kenney sat at ninth place overall with 2,660 points, and Ohlson came in at 16th place with 2,459 points. Kenney notched a season best in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.57 seconds, and Ohlson notched a new personal best in the event with a time of 15.54.
Ohlson competed in the 200 meter dash for the first time during the outdoor season, notching a time of 27.40.
There will not be much rest for either, as they will both join the rest of their teammates at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., tomorrow. Kenney will compete in either the 100 meter hurdles or the long jump - chosen by Fraley and Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson before the competition - and Ohlson will compete in the 100 meter hurdles.
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TULANE ENTRIES FOR THE CAL MULTIS
3. Tiffany Kenney, 4,606 points
100m Hurdles, 13th place, 15.57
High Jump, t-8th place, 1.55m (5' 1")
Shot Put, 8th place, 9.69m (31' 9.5")
200m dash, 10th place, 27.08
Long Jump, 5th place, 5.29m (17' 4.25")
Javelin, 6th place, 31.10m (102' 0")
800 Meter, 1st place, 2:21.08
14. Dana Ohlson, 3,885 points
100m Hurdles, 11th place, 15.54
High Jump, t-11th place, 1.52m (4' 11.75")
Shot Put, 19th place, 7.45m (24' 5.5")
200m dash, 12th place, 27.40
Long Jump, 8th place, 5.14m (16' 10.50")
Javelin, 10th place, 26.01m (85' 4")
800 Meter, 15th place, 2:53.63