May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane track and field squad opened the 2012 Conference USA championships with a trio of student-athletes competing on their home track at Tad Gormley Stadium. Garrett Myer opened the decathlon competition, while the men's and women's squad each had one participant in a final on day one of the conference championships.
"Today was about Garrett Myer," said Tulane head coach Eric Peterson, "but we also had two freshmen, Geoff Zelek and Brenna Mossman, compete and they are gaining experience at the conference level, which gives them a great opportunity to finish the year off well."
Myer ends day one of the decathlon sitting in sixth place overall with 3.068 points through five events. The senior posted his best finish in the 100 meter with his second fastest time of the year at 11.48-seconds. He finished sixth in the long jump with a season-best leap of 6.38 meters and set another season-best when he cleared 1.68-meters in the high jump to finish seventh in the event. He posted another seventh place showing in the 400 meter, crossing the finish line in 53.69, and then grabbed eighth place in the shot put with a toss of 9.68-meter, another season-best.
"Garrett has been such a valuable athlete to our team," said Peterson. "He is a senior team captain his performance today was the best, first day that he's ever had in his career. He recorded season-bests in three of his five events today and competed very well today. He went into the 400-meters in sixth place and really set himself up nicely for a very strong second day. Hopefully, he'll come out and finish strong tomorrow."
Brenna Mossman was the lone competitor for the women's squad on the opening day of the championships, throwing the hammer. The freshman posted her second best throw of the season in her second attempt of the event with a 30.81-meters showing.
"Our team is so young," Peterson said, "but we have improved in every single event area across the board. We want to see our kids really finish the year off strong. We have a lot of important preliminary races tomorrow and our opportunities to score are not really abundant, where in the events where we do have athletes competing we have good chances. I want to see continued to improvement, finish the year strong and for our team to be proud about how that represented the program here at home in the conference meet. "
Live video streaming of the championships will be available on Saturday on all 12 member institutions' All-Access players as well as the C-USA All-Access player beginning at 5 p.m. CT. A subscription is required to view the C-USA Live Streaming on Saturday. Fox Sports Network is set to televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.
Fans can purchase an all-session ticket for $20 for adult and $10 for youth (12-17 year olds) that is good for all three days of the championship. Single day tickets are $15 for adult and $6 for youth (12-17 year olds). Admission is free for children age 11 and under, and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.
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