April 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - In their final tune-up before hosting the Conference USA Championships, the Tulane track and field squad competed at the Drake Relays and the Golden Eagle Classic over the weekend. A pair of field performers claimed top-ten showings in Des Moines, Iowa, while the distance group had a solid showing at Southern Miss.
At the Drake Relays, Ana Ruzevic and Estefany Cruz each posted top-ten showings in some tough weather conditions in Des Moines, Iowa. Ruzevic claimed a fifth place showing in the stacked javelin field, battling with her elite competition and an unforgiving crosswind. The senior was able to log a throw of 48.32-meters to finish fifth overall. Cruz didn't have to deal with the elements, as much, and finished tenth overall in the triple jump. The redshirt freshman's best jump of the afternoon landed 12.41-meters from the board.
The rest of the team ventured to the Golden Eagle Classic and Johanna Gretschel's double of the 800 and 1500 meter races finished with an individual crown and a third place showing. In the 1500, Gretschel covered the distance in 4:48.92 to win the event, before grabbing the bronze in the 800 meter with a two-lap time of 2:22.85. Emmi Aguillard claimed a runner-up finish in the 1500 meter with a showing of 4:52.97
Max Miller continued his outstanding senior campaign with a runner-up showing in the 1500 meter race. It is the fourth time this season that Miller has claimed one of the top two spots in a race, running a personal best time of
4:05.47. Fellow senior Brian Lozes finished fifth in the race with a time of 4:10.29 and earned a seventh place finish in the 800 meter with a mark of 1:59.71.
The personal bests kept coming for the Green Wave as Briana Santiago made the most of her final leap in the triple jump. The sophomore improved on each of her attempts and landed the biggest jump of her young career when she took advantage of a light tailwind and landed a 12.06-meter jump on the runway. It is the first time in her career that she has logged a jump of over 12.00-meters and pencils her name into eighth on the all-time charts at Tulane.
The 400-meter hurdles has become one of the strengths on the both squads, with two participants grabbing PR's and the women's squad grabbing three of the top four positions in the race at Southern Miss. Zandria Debowles clocked her second fastest time of the season at 60.96 to finish runner-up, while Tiffanie Smith continues to improve in the event and set a personal best of 62.18 to finish third. Candice St. Etienne cleared the hurdles and broke the tape in 62.88 to finish fourth.
In the men's 400-meter hurdle competition, Justyn Shackleford ran a personal record time for the second straight meet. The rookie made his way around the track in 55.06 to post a sixth place finish and better his record by a half of a second.
Kasey Rodgers was the top collegiate finisher in the 100 meter, breaking the tape in 11.69, and later topped field in 200 meter in a season-best 24.27.
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