Senior Jon Frano posted a new personal best in the 800 meter dash at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Invitational on Friday
April 19, 2013
HAMMOND, La. -Three male Tulane track and field members posted new career bests today at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Invitational, including down-to-the-wire finishes from senior Jon Frano in the 800 meter dash and freshman Jack White in the 1,500 meter run.
Frano bettered his top mark in the 800 meter dash by notching a 1:54.04 in the event, allowing him to climb higher in the Conference USA standings. He now ranks in 12th place on the season in the league in the event, and his performance today will keep him in eighth place in the all-time school record books.
White, a freshman from Fairfield, Conn., has made his mark on the Tulane track and field program already, as his 3:58.26 in the 1,500 meter run is a new personal best. His mark moves him into 14th place in the league standings on the season.
Both Frano and White finished in second place in their respective events with their solid performances, and Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson was pleased with the two.
"Both Jon and Jack got off to good starts in their events," said Peterson. "I mean, Jack White lost by eight one-thousandths of a second. Both finished in second place, and both were very competitive. More importantly than their times, I was impressed with the way they competed today. Jon has gotten so much out of himself. He has given a lot to the program, and he works as hard as anybody. His positive results are well deserved. He earns those through a lot of hard work and dedication. Jack has gotten steadily better in the 1,500 meter race. This is the fourth time out of five meets where he has bettered his previous mark. Breaking four minutes in the event is a barrier at this stage in his career that is significant."
While times and marks are an important factor in track and field, Peterson is just as happy with the way his athletes have been placing, including Frano and White.
"The main thing coming out of those guys is that they both had a chance to win," added Peterson. "They were both near the lead in the home stretch. They lost at the tape. That's really significant for the guys on our team. They need to compete for wins. We are starting to show a lot more competitive spirit."
Senior Albert Williams also ran a new career best in his event, the 100 meter dash, by posting his first sub-11.00 time when finishing in 10.93. The time will vault Williams up a few spots in the league standings once the weekend hashes out. The mark is also just on the outside looking in from placing in the Tulane record books. On the day, Williams finished in tenth place.
On the field, star sophomore Thomas Lynch did not set a new personal record in the discus, but he did manage another throw over 50 meters, tossing the discus 50.01 meters (164' 1") for a fifth place finish. Lynch already sits in second place in the league with his personal best of 51.81 meters (170') that he set at the Stanford Invitational late last month. The elements were not in his favor on the afternoon.
"Thomas threw very well again today," said Peterson. "Another fifty meter plus throw on a cold day with the wind blowing the wrong way for his event is great. He is going through a pretty demanding training phase, so his entire performance was very impressive."
For the women, two freshmen in Mikayla Sonneborn and Lilla McMillan had great days in their events, with Sonneborn winning the 1,500 meter run event in a time of 4:51.86. McMillan finished in second place in the 200 meter dash, running a new personal best of 24.08 in the event.
"Mikayla and Lilla had significant improvements in their events," stated Peterson. "Getting a collegiate victory from a freshman in Mikayla is very significant."
Fellow freshman Kayla Quincy also came in first place in her event, the 400 meter dash, by finishing in 56.60. Tulane placed four others in the top ten in the event: McMillan (fourth place, 58.22), senior Hilary Woods (sixth place, 58.36), senior Jerica Banks (seventh place, 58.98) and sophomore Michelle Kreutzberg (ninth place, 59.11).
The Greenies will not have much time to rest and relax, as they will travel west on I-10 tomorrow to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet in Baton Rouge.
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TULANE RESULTS FOR SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LION INVITATIONAL
Women's 200m Dash
2. Lilla McMillan, 24.08 (PR)
12. Jerica Banks, 25.43
Women's 400m Dash
1. Kayla Quincy, 56.60
4. Lilla McMillan, 58.22
6. Hilary Woods, 58.36
7. Jerica Banks, 58.98
9. Michelle Kreutzberg, 59.11
13. Jamie Riles, 59.98
Women's 800m Run
6. Charlotte Manogue, 2:24.49
Women's 1,500m Run
1. Mikayla Sonneborn, 4:51.86 (PR)
3. Emmi Aguillard, 4:58.89
Women's 100m Hurdles
8. Adiyah Crute, 15.72
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
3. Tiffanie Smith, 1:03.41
4. Jessica Adamson, 1:03.62
5. Candice St. Etienne, 1:05.59
Women's 4 x 100m Relay
2. Tulane A (Banks,McMillan,Crute,Smith), 47.40
Women's High Jump
t-7. Tiffany Kenney, 1.55m (5' 1") (t-PR)
t-7. Melanie Mainor, 1.55m (5' 1")
t-7. Dana Ohlson, 1.55m (5' 1")
Women's Pole Vault
t-6. Haley Miller , 3.20m (10' 6") (t-PR)
Women's Long Jump
13. Tiffany Kenney, 5.29m (17' 4.25)
17. Dana Ohlson, 5.11m (16' 9.25")
t-18. Taylor Caulk, 4.89m (16' 0.5") (PR)
Women's Triple Jump
4. Briana Santiago, 11.98m (39' 3.75")
Women's Discus Throw
-Cheyenne Swanson, FOUL
15. Tiffany Kenney, 26.28m (86' 3")
17. Dana Ohlson, 22.19m (72' 10")
Men's 100m Dash
10. Albert Williams, 10.93 (PR)
19. Xavier Rush, 11.26
Men's 200m Dash
9. Xavier Rush, 22.31
19. John Mouton, 23.18
Men's 400m Dash
9. Jonathan Heil, 50.82 (PR)
16. Peter Haskins, 52.92
Men's 800m Run
2. Jon Frano, 1:54.04 (PR)
4. Adam Yohanan, 1:57.12
10. Mike Villasin, 2:03.71
Men's 1,500m Run
2. Jack White, 3:58.26 (PR)
4. Brian Lozes, 4:10.59
5. Mark Manion, 4:10.73 (PR)
10. Nicholas Meloro, 4:20.41
Men's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
4. Justyn Shackleford, 55.05
Men's High Jump
4. Max Yanker, 1.95m (6' 4.75")
Men's Discus Throw
5. Thomas Lynch, 50.01m (164' 1")