April 20, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - For the second straight day, the Tulane men's track and field program exceeded expectations by putting together solid performances at a meet, this time at the LSU Alumni Gold meet in Baton Rouge, La.
Freshman Jack White came in second place in the 1,500 meter run for the second consecutive day after running the event in 4:00.96. Senior Brian Lozes notched a new personal best in the 3,000 meter steeplechase by finishing in 9:50.03. Sophomore Mark Manion was right behind him, finishing the event in 10:02.02. The duo placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the event. Senior Jon Frano placed sixth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.19. Freshman long jumper Devon Breaux also placed high on the day after notching a long jump of 7.02 meters (23' 0.5") - good enough for second place on the day.
Just yesterday at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Invitational in Hammond, La., senior Jon Frano posted a 1:54.04 mark in the 800 meter dash while White notched a 3:58.26 in the 1,500 meter run. Senior Albert Williams placed tenth yesterday in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.93. All three marks were new personal bests.
"I'm really pleased with the effort that we are getting from our men's team right now," said Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "Over the course of the past few weeks, these guys have been improving rapidly. We are getting some significant levels of improvement from all areas from the team. Jack White had another very good display. Jon Frano ran right at his lifetime best in the 400 meter race today after running last night. There have been consistent levels of improvement from Brian and Mark in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Across the board, the production, the attitude and the enthusiasm we are getting from the men's team has just been outstanding."
On the women's side, the trio of top-notch pole vaulters that Tulane rolls out on a regular basis had strong days. Sophomore Merritt Van Meter notched a jump of 4.07 meters (13' 4.25"), while junior Joanna Lapucha and sophomore Jessica Knierim cleared an identical 3.72 meters (12' 2.5"). Van Meter placed fourth on the day, while Lapucha and Knierim came in sixth and 11th, respectively.
"Coming off a weekend that was subpar for her, Merritt jumped very well on the day," added Peterson. "Today was a very weird day, weather-wise. It started off cold in the morning, and the winds were swirling all throughout the day. It was a very challenging day of managing not just the other competitors in the field, but also the wind conditions. I think that Joanna and Jessica jumped well as well. They are all doing really well, even on a day like today. They are showing how much improvement they are making."
Freshman Lilla McMillan had another solid day on the track after running a personal best 24.08 in the 200 meter dash yesterday at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Invitational. Today, she ran 24.28 for another second-place finish. Fellow freshman Jessica Adamson ran the 400 meter hurdles in 1:03.19, just a shade slower than her personal best.
"Lilla came back after having a good day yesterday, and I liked how Jessica Adamson competed in her heat in the 400 meter hurdles," said Peterson. "It wasn't her best time, but the wind was wild in her race too."
Instead of competing at Southern Miss next weekend, the Tulane track and field team will head a little further east to compete in the Samford Open in Mobile, Ala. It will be the last meet for the Green Wave before the Conference USA Championships. However, Peterson likes where the team is headed.
"We had a lot of kids who competed at or above their season-best performances today, so I feel pretty good about our team's production," stated Peterson.
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TULANE RESULTS FOR LSU ALUMNI GOLD
Women's 200m Dash
2. Lilla McMillan, 24.28
17. Jamie Riles, 25.45
18. Hilary Woods, 25.50
Women's 400m Dash
-Kayla Quincy, DNS
-Jamie Riles, DNS
Women's 800m Run
-Charlotte Manogue, DNS
Women's 1,500m Run
9. Emmi Aguillard, 4:56.74
Women's 100m High Hurdles
14. Adiyah Crute, 14.99
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
6. Jessica Adamson, 1:03.19
8. Candice St. Etienne, 1:07.58
9. Tiffanie Smith, 1:07.77
Women's 4x100 Meter Relay
9. Tulane A (Banks, Riles, McMillan, Smith), 47.27
Women's 4x400 Meter Relay
-Tulane A (St. Etienne, Smith, McMillan, Quincy), DNS
Women's Pole Vault
4. Merritt Van Meter, 4.07m (13' 4.25")
6. Joanna Lapucha, 3.72m (12' 2.5")
11. Jessica Knierim, 3.72m (12' 2.5")
Women's Long Jump
6. Tamika Brazzel, 5.74m (18' 10")
Women's Triple Jump
4. Estefany Cruz, 12.47m (40' 11")
Women's Discus Throw
15. Cheyenne Swanson, 39.02m (128' 0")
Men's 100m Dash
12. Albert Williams, 11.16
18. Xavier Rush, 11.37
Men's 200m Dash
-Albert Williams, DNS
Men's 400m Dash
6. Jon Frano, 48.19
16. John Mouton, 49.61
19. Jonathan Heil, 51.34
-Christopher Arechiga, DNS
Men's 800m Run
8. Adam Yohanan, 1:59.85
Men's 1,500m Run
2. Jack White, 4:00.96
Men's 5,000m Run
10. Geoffery Zelek, 16:08.55 (PR)
Men's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
4. Justyn Shackleford, 55.95
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
4. Brian Lozes, 9:50.03 (PR)
5. Mark Manion, 10:02.02
-Nicholas Meloro, DNS
Men's 4x100 Meter Relay
8. Tulane A (Rush, Williams, Shackleford, Breaux), 41.93
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay
7. Tulane A (Williams, Frano, Shackleford, Mouton), 3:17.08
Men's Long Jump
2. Devon Breaux, 7.02m (23' 0.5")