Day Two of C-USA Outdoor Championships Sees Kenney, Ohlson and Zelek Notch New Personal Bests

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Tiffany Kenney notched the second-best performance in school history in the heptathlon
Tiffany Kenney notched the second-best performance in school history in the heptathlon

May 10, 2013

HOUSTON - Three Tulane tracksters notched new personal bests in their respective events during day two of the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, as Tiffany Kenney and Dana Ohlson scored 4,767 and 4,285 points, respectively, in the heptathlon and Geoffery Zelek posted a 34:32.52 in the 10,000 meter race.

Kenney bested her previous top mark by 161 points, vaulting her into second place in school history in the event, while Ohlson scored exactly 400 points higher than her previous best to land the seventh best spot in school history.

Zelek shaved nearly a minute off his previous top mark in the 10,000 meter run by notching a 34:32.52 in the 10,000 meter run. His mark is good for ninth place in school history.

"The Conference USA's women's heptathlon field is a very strong field," stated Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "This just happens to be a year where the field is very strong and very deep. For us to have two freshmen women head into the event and set new personal marks that were much higher than their previous bests, it shows that they rose to the occasion, in their own personal way. Geoff did the same thing in the 10,000 meter run. He ran almost a minute faster than his previous best. Those are all significant levels of improvement for those kids. Unfortunately, it did not net us any points for the team, but we are going to use those marks as momentum as we head into the first major day of the championships."

To state how talented the women's heptathlon field was this year, Marshall's Vanessa Jules - who won the women's heptathlon - set a new Conference USA mark in the event, and her performance gives her the second best result in the event this season. She defeated the defending champion - Memphis' Xenia Rahn - by nearly 400 points.



Tomorrow, a slew of events will take place, starting with the men's and women's long jump at 4pm CT. There will also be finals in the women's discus, women's pole vault, men's high jump, men's discus throw and the men's and women's steeplechase.

"I'm proud of the effort that all three athletes put forward today, and I'm happy that they are all coming away with new personal bests," added Peterson. "That really helps our team get off to a good start."

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Women's Heptathlon

Tiffany Kenney
Heptathlon: 10th place (4,767 points)
100m Hurdles: 15.27, 8th
High Jump: 1.57m (5' 1.75"), 9th
200m Dash: 26.81, 12th
Shot Put: 9.99m (32' 9.5"), 9th
Long Jump, 5.40m (17' 8.75"), t-7th
Javelin, 31.55m (103' 6"), 8th
800 Meter Run, 2:19.85, 4th

Dana Ohlson
Heptathlon: 13th place (4,285 points)
100m Hurdles, 15.49, 11th
High Jump: 1.60m (5' 3"), 8th
200m Dash: 26.43, 7th
Shot Put: 8.34m (27' 4.5"), 13th
Long Jump, 5.40m (17' 8.75"), t-7th
Javelin, 24.80m (81' 4"), 12th
800m Run, 2:42.89, 14th


10,000m Run
13. Geoffery Zelek, 34:32.52