Van Meter, Lynch Break School Records in Pole Vault, Discus in Day One at Stanford Invitational

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Sophomore Merritt Van Meter owns the school record in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault
Sophomore Merritt Van Meter owns the school record in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault

March 30, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. - It only took sophomore Merritt Van Meter one outdoor meet - the same number of meets it took her in the indoor season - to notch the school record in the pole vault, as she cleared 3.98 meters (13' 0.75"), and fellow sophomore Thomas Lynch broke his own school record in the discus with a throw of 51.81 meters (170' 0") at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday.

Van Meter had missed the previous few outdoor meets after wrapping up her indoor season at the NCAA Indoor Championships. But once she got out on the track, she broke the school record - held previously by teammate Joanna Lapucha - during the invitational division in her first outdoor meet. Back in December, the Metairie, La., native did the same thing at the Panther Ice Breaker when she broke the indoor school record in her first meet.

"As a result of today's competition, Merritt feels like she got a lot done coming away from the indoor season," said Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "This is only the second time she has even trained since the indoor season, and she was competing today from a very short approach, and she is still working on her technique. Her jump, under those parameters, is really positive way for her to begin her outdoor season."

Lynch was added to the discus competition at the last minute, and ended up winning the collegiate division on his last throw. The Washington, D.C., native had broken the school record earlier this season at the Bob Hayes Cowboy Relays when he threw the discus 50.60 meters (166' 0"). He out threw two unattached athletes in Derek White (57.03 meters) and Bryan Powlen (57.02).

Freshman Tamika Brazzel also had an outstanding day when she posted a long jump of 5.88 meters (19' 3.5") to finish second overall. Her jump is a new personal best, and is tied for the eighth best jump in school history.



Shedding the shoulder pads for his first non-football Tulane athletic event, freshman Devon Breaux jumped a fantastic 7.10 meters (23' 3.5") in the long jump, good for the seventh best jump in school history.

"It was Devon's first collegiate jump ever, and I think he got off to a good start," added Peterson. "It's about eight or nine inches better than he has ever jumped in his life."

A duo of seniors in the 400 meter hurdles helped their causes by performing well when Tiffanie Smith ran the event in 61.67 and Candice St. Etienne finished just behind her in 61.68. They finished the event in sixth and eighth place, respectively.

"I think both Tiffanie and Candice moved up significantly on the Conference USA performance list with their times today in the 400 meter hurdles," said Peterson.

Day two of the Stanford Invitational will be held tomorrow. Tulane will feature a men's 4 x 100 relay, a women's 4 x 400 meter relay, as well as three women in the invitational triple jump in junior Briana Santiago, sophomore Estefany Cruz and freshman Tamika Brazzel, while junior Joanna Lapucha and sophomore Jessica Knierim will compete in the collegiate division of the pole vault.

Freshman Lilla McMillan and sophomore Xavier Rush will also take part in the 200 meter dash.

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100 Meter Dash
31. Lilla McMillan, 12.35 ^

400 Meter Dash
14. Kayla Quincy, 56.20

3000 Meter Steeplechase
Mikayla Sonneborn, 11:45.04

100 Meter Hurdles
15. Adiyah Crute, 14.59 ^
36. Dana Ohlson, 16.93 ^

400 Meter Hurdles
6. Tiffanie Smith, 61.67
8. Candice St. Etienne, 61.68
17. Jessica Adamson, 64.15

High Jump
8. Melanie Mainor, 1.61m (5' 3.25")

Pole Vault
3. Merritt Van Meter, 3.98m (13' 0.75") *

Long Jump
2. Tamika Brazzel, 5.88m (19' 3.5")
4. Tiffany Kenney, 5.47m (17' 11.5")
5. Estefany Cruz, 5.42m (17' 9.5")


100 Meter Dash
37. Xavier Rush, 11.24 ^

200 Meter Dash
15. Jon Frano, 48.80
36. John Mouton, 50.17

3000 Meter Steeplechase
Mark Manion, 9:56.34

400 Meter Hurdles
17. Justyn Shackleford, 56.08

High Jump
Max Yanker, 2.01m (6' 7")

Long Jump
8. Devon Breaux, 7.10m (23' 3.5")

1. Thomas Lynch, 51.81m (170' 0") *

^ = Preliminary time
*= School record