Track Continues Strong Showing at Penn Relays



April 23, 1999

PHILADELPHIA - Junior Jacob Busienei posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the mens 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the Tulane track and field team in its second day of strong performances at the Penn Relay Carnival.

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Busienei, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, posted a time of 8:53.98 in the steeplechase to finish ninth in the field of 17. His time was a season best and less than two tenths of a second shy of a school record. It was Busieneis first NCAA provisional qualifier of the 1999 outdoor season.

Tulane continued its run of strong performances in the relay events, as the womens 4x1,500-meter relay team posted a top-five finish. The quartet of Alison Lambert, Hanna Ritakallio, Katrina Gemmell and Hanne Lyngstad finished fifth in a season-best time of 17:49.33.

The mens 4x400-meter relay team also registered a top-10 finish with a ninth-place effort on Friday. Edrige Darling, Justin Robinson, Carlton Davis and Alberto Francis teamed up for a time of 3:17.48.

The mens 4x100-meter relay team of Alexander Lakhanpal, Davis, Tim Carter and Jamal Jones ran a 42.49 to post a new season best. The Wave did not qualify for the finals in this event.

Senior Nadia Smith registered another top-five finish for the Green Wave in the womens long jump. Smith jumped 19-feet, 1 1/4 inches to finish fifth.

Through the first two days of the competition, Tulane student-athletes have recorded eight top-10 finishes, six season-best performances and one NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

The 105th running of the Penn Relay Carnival continues Saturday, April 24. The event is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.