April 18, 2014
HAMMOND, La. - Tulane track and field's runners led the way for at the Southeastern Louisiana Invitational on Friday in Hammond, La., as freshmen Sara Kebede and Katharine Smiley, along with sophomores Lilla McMillan and Jack White, won event titles in their respective events.
Tulane men's 4 x 100 meter relay team also posted one of the top finishes of the meet, placing second on the day and topping their previous high on the season. Three individual runners in the 100 meter dash in freshmen Sherman Badie and Richard Allen and sophomore Lorenzo Doss had solid days in their individual event.
"Our sprinters ran well today," said Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. "Today was a perfect simulation of the preliminaries of the championship round of our conference meet, seeing that we will compete again tomorrow (at the LSU Alumni Gold)."
Kebede truly had an amazing day for the Green Wave. The freshman from San Clemente, Calif., not only won the 1,500 meter run on Friday in Hammond, La., but she also set a new personal best in the event. Kebede finished with a time of 4:41.29. The rookie shaved nearly over two seconds off her previous top mark on the year.
"Sara Kebede led us today," added Peterson. "She had a victory in a very good race. It's always good to see our athletes win an event. She got it done today."
Smiley, a freshman from Danville, Calif, won the 3,000 meter race with a time of 10:53.59. Smiley had only competed in the 3,000 meter run on one other occasion during the outdoor season. She ran a 10:53.43 at the Tulane Team Challenge, placing second on the day, on March 29 at Tad Gormley Stadium.
White has continued to impress on the season, as the sophomore from Fairfield, Conn., ran a 3:58.55 in the 1,500 meter run, earning him his second event title on the season in the event. White also won the Jaguar Opener's 1,500 meter run back on March 7. White's time on Friday was his third best finish on the season in the event. He was joined in the top five by freshman Kade Kistner, who placed fifth with a time of 4:04.56. Friday's finish was Kistner's third top-ten finish in the 1,500 meter run on the season.
A quartet of Tulane men tracksters finished second in the 4 x 100 meter relay, posting a new top time on the season by the team. Freshman Sherman Badie, freshman Richard Allen, senior Christopher Arechiga and sophomore Devon Breaux posted a time of 41.02. The group improved on the team's previous top time of 41.14, set at the Tulane Team Challenge on March 29.
In addition to the joint effort by the 4 x 100 meter team, three men's tracksters who also double as football players posted solid times in the 100 meter dash. Badie led the way with a time of 10.80, placing fifth on the day, with sophomore Lorenzo Doss coming in one spot behind him with a time of 10.81. Allen rounded out the trio with an 11th-place finish in a time of 10.89.
On Saturday, the Green Wave will travel approximately 30 miles to the west of Hammond to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet at Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Live results can be followed by clicking on the `live results' link on the TulaneGreenWave.com track and field schedule page.
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Tulane Results for Southeastern Louisiana Invitational
Women's 200m Dash
1. Lilla McMillan, 23.82 (4.0 wind)
12. Hilary Woods, 25.39 (4.0 wind)
24. Tiffany Kenney, 26.68 (2.7 wind)
Women's 400m Dash
3. Hilary Woods, 57.15
Women's 800m Run
2. Jessica Adamson, 2:16.12
3. Michelle Kreutzberg, 2:18.22
5. Amanda Savage, 2:26.11 *
14. Allison Wegner, 2:34.19
Women's 1,500m Run
1. Sara Kebede, 4:41.29 *
Women's 3,000m Run
1. Katharine Smiley, 10:53.59
Women's 100m Hurdles
11. Tamika Brazzel, 15.03
12. Tiffany Kenney, 15.10
14. Dominique Hever, 15.34
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
4. Dominique Hever, 1:07.46 *
9. Madison Smith, 1:10.46
Women's High Jump
6. Melanie Mainor, 1.60m (5-3)
--Azarri Badawi, NH
Women's Pole Vault
7. Emma Staisloff, 3.66m (12-0)
8. Jessica Knierim, 3.66m (12-0)
13. Jill Doyle, 3.36m (11-0.25) *
14. Haley Miller, 3.21m (10-6.25)
Women's Long Jump
2. Tamika Brazzel, 5.82m (19-1.25) (2.9 wind)
Women's Triple Jump
10. Taylor Caulk, 10.69m (35-1)
Women's Shot Put
4. Taylor Potts, 13.66m (44-9.75)
17. Tiffany Kenney, 10.70m (35-1.25) *
Women's Discus Throw
--Cheyenne Swanson, Foul
8. Tiffany Kenney, 31.71m (104-0)
11. Dana Ohlson, 26.74m (87-9)
Men's 100m Dash
5. Sherman Badie, 10.80
6. Lorenzo Doss, 10.81 *
11. Richard Allen, 10.89
Men's 400m Dash
4. Christopher Arechiga, 49.56
5. John Mouton, 49.69
Men's 800m Run
4. Jonathan Heil, 1:58.52
10. Nicholas Meloro, 2:04.45 *
Men's 1,500m Run
1. Jack White, 3:58.55
5. Kade Kistner, 4:04.56
Men's 3,000m Run
8. Geoff Zelek, 9:39.06
Men's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
5. Justyn Shackleford, 55.94
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
2. Tulane (Badie, Allen, Arechiga, Breaux) 41.02
Men's Shot Put
9. Eldrick Washington, 13.97m (45-10)
Men's Discus Throw
9. Thomas Lynch, 46.97m (153-06)