Freshman Devon Breaux is making his mark on the track and field program - winning two event titles today - while going through weight training with the football program
April 13, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. - A huge day at the Jaguar Track in Mobile, Ala., for the Tulane track and field program resulted in six event titles - including two from freshman Devon Breaux - while 16 new personal bests were set by individual Greenies during the South Alabama Invitational on Saturday.
Breaux competed in the high jump for the first time during his collegiate career and notched a 2.04 meter (6' 8.25") leap on the day. The jump places him in fifth place in the Tulane record books, but it also places him at fourth on the season in Conference USA. Breaux also won the men's long jump competition with a jump of 7.01 meters (23' 0").
"Right now, Devon is managing a spring football offseason weight training program and preparing for high level track and field events," said Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "Today, we introduced him to a new event collegiately in the high jump, and he showed his talent. After a very heavy weight lifting week with our football program, he was still able to come out on what I believe were very dead legs and win two events with respective jumps. He is very talented, and it shows."
While Breaux had competed in the long jump during the last two weeks, Peterson and assistant coach for jumps Doug Fraley recognized that he had high jumped particularly well in high school.
"I have to credit Coach Fraley on Devon's emergence," added Peterson. "We knew that he had the raw talent, but he hasn't had the opportunity to practice in it as much as we would like. This is an event that we would like to attack and maybe score a few points in at the conference meet. We think Devon can help us there, and we wanted to get him started today."
In addition to Breaux's stellar performances, junior Joanna Lapucha notched a new personal best in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.81 meters (12' 6") for the event title. Sophomore Jessica Knierim posted the same result for a second place finish.
"This was a huge win for Joanna Lapucha," said Peterson "Her winning the competition is something that Coach Fraley and I talked to her and Jessica about coming back from Stanford. They both performed well below their abilities. We talked about how when you find yourself in a competition that you are capable of winning, you need to step up and do it. It was nice to see these two step up."
The 400 meter dash saw a down-to-the-wire finish that ended with two Greenies taking first and second place in the event. Freshman Kayla Quincy set a new personal best in the event with a time of 55.99, while junior Hilary Woods placed second with a time of 56.85. Freshman Lilla McMillan finished fifth in the event with a time of 57.39, running in the event for the first time during the outdoor season, while seniors Jamie Riles (57.57) and Jerica Banks (57.58) came in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
"The significant part of Hilary's performance is that she came around the final turn in the lead, and she really ran well enough to win the race," said Peterson. "And that is after suffering a hamstring cramp from a couple of weeks ago. She missed some meets, so it was great to see her come out and compete like she did today. Kayla is a very gifted young athlete. Being high school teammates with Hilary, I'm sure there is a little bit of a sibling rivalry between the two of them with Kayla wanting to chase her down at the end, which she did."
McMillan placed first in the shorter, 200 meter dash with a time of 24.32, running in the event for the first time during the outdoor season.
"It's nice to see Lilla moving forward, but we know there is a lot left there for her," stated Peterson. "The most important part of the day for her was simply winning the race. That's the first event she has won since she has been in college, and that is much more important than any time she set today."
On the men's side, seniors Jon Frano and Brian Lozes and sophomore Mark Manion competed strong in their respective events. Frano placed first, and set a new personal record, in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.00 seconds.
"Jon Frano, being a senior on this team, has given so much to this program," added Peterson. "He has scored for us at conference meets before in this event. He is a really good competitor. He really wanted to break 48 seconds in the event today, and he was actually personally disappointed that he missed that by finishing right at 48.00 seconds, even though it is a lifetime best for him. He is in great shape. He is very seasoned as a senior, and it was great to see a performance out of him like that today."
Manion and Lozes both competed in the 3,000 meter run, with Lozes finishing second while breaking the nine-minute mark with a finish of 8:58.99. Lozes followed him in third place with a run of 9:11.16.
"We went into the 3,000 meter race trying to break that nine-minute barrier," said Peterson. "I think both Mark Manion and Brian Lozes are both ready to make a step forward in the steeplechase by running in the 9:40s, but for us to be able to accomplish that is for them to both improve in the 3,000 meters, and they did that today. I'm hopeful that they are going to continue to make progress."
Next week, the Tulane track and field team will stay even closer to home when they travel up I-55
"This meet gave everyone on our team an opportunity to get going again after competing at two very big meets during the last two weekends. This meet not only gave our kids the opportunity to compete, but it also gave them the opportunity to place high and run fast, jump far, jump high, throw far, whatever the case might be. We placed higher in a lot of events than we have in the last couple of weeks. Not only that, but the kids were setting new season and lifetime bests. All of those things make us feel real good about today's results."
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TULANE RESULTS FOR SOUTH ALABAMA INVITATIONAL
Women's 100m Dash
3. Adiyah Crute, 12.33
Women's 200m Dash
1. Lilla McMillan, 24.32 (PR)
5. Jerica Banks, 25.39
12. Tiffany Kenney, 27.27
14. Dana Ohlson, 27.41
Women's 400m Dash
1. Kayla Quincy, 55.99 (PR)
3. Hilary Woods, 56.85
5. Lilla McMillan, 57.39 (PR)
6. Jamie Riles, 57.57
7. Jerica Banks, 57.58
Women's 800m Run
5. Mikayla Sonneborn, 2:23.73 (PR)
6. Charlotte Manogue, 2:24.73
Women's 1,500m Run
4. Emmi Aguillard, 4:57.70
7. Mikayla Sonneborn, 5:06.71 (PR)
Women's 100m High Hurdles
3. Adiyah Crute, 15.05
6. Dana Ohlson, 15.53 (PR)
10. Tiffany Kenney, 16.34
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
2. Tiffanie Smith, 1:02.30
3. Candice St. Etienne, 1:02.53
4. Jessica Adamson, 1:02.65 (PR)
Women's High Jump
2. Melanie Mainor, 1.59m (5' 2.5")
Women's Pole Vault
1. Joanna Lapucha, 3.81m (12' 6") (PR)
2. Jessica Knierim, 3.81m (12' 6") (PR)
4. Haley Miller, 3.11m (10' 2.5")
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Women's Long Jump
3. Estefany Cruz, 5.51m (18' 1")
5. Tiffany Kenney, 5.31m (17' 5.25")
6. Dana Ohlson, 5.28m (17' 4") (PR)
8. Taylor Caulk, 4.63m (15' 2.25")
Women's Triple Jump
2. Tamika Brazzel, 12.16m (39' 10.75") (PR)
5. Briana Santiago, 11.67m (38' 3.5")
Women's Shot Put
9. Tiffany Kenney, 10.20m (33' 5.75")
12. Dana Ohlson, 7.44m (24' 5")
Women's Discus Throw
4. Cheyenne Swanson, 39.85m (130' 9") (PR)
Men's 100m Dash
4. Xavier Rush, 11.44
Men's 200m Dash
3. Albert Williams, 22.28 (PR)
4. Xavier Rush, 22.42
10. John Mouton, 23.20
Men's 400m Dash
1. Jon Frano, 48.00 (PR)
5. John Mouton, 50.38
8. Jonathan Heil, 51.35 (PR)
14. Peter Haskins, 53.05
15. Mike Villasin, 54.27(PR)
Men's 800m Run
2. Adam Yohanan, 1:55.86
Men's 1,500m Run
9. Nicholas Meloro, 4:25.62
Men's 3,000m Run
2. Mark Manion, 8:58.99 (PR)
3. Brian Lozes, 9:11.16
6. Geoffery Zelek, 9:29.61
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
2. Tulane A (Frano,Mouton,Haskins,Heil), 3:19.53
Men's High Jump
1. Devon Breaux, 2.04m (6' 8.25") (PR)
2. Max Yanker, 2.04m (6' 8.25")
Men's Long Jump
1. Devon Breaux, 7.01m (23' 0")
Men's Discus Throw
3. Thomas Lynch, 48.68m (159' 8")