May 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane track and field squad pushed five competitors through to finals in their respective events and Garrett Myer posted the first points of the meet for the Green Wave with an eighth place showing in the decathlon. Tulane will move into the final day of the 2012 Conference USA Championships hosted at Tad Gormley Stadium with ample chance to score points on their home town track.
"I'm really happy with the way with both our men's and women's teams competed across the board," said Tulane head coach Eric Peterson. "I'm very excited for Garrett Myer. This is the third year in a row he has scored for the team in the decathlon and what was really exciting was the fact all the events he competed in today are a real challenge for him. He threw a PR in the javelin and ran a sub five-minute time in the 1,500 meters and that's well below his previous-best in that event. He scored over 5,600 points and that's huge for Garrett.
Myer posted a career-high point total of 5,615 points in the decathlon to claim the only points for the Green Wave on the second day of the competition. On Saturday, Myer posted a pair of career-best marks, while setting a season-best time of 18.02-seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. His best showing of the afternoon came in the javelin where he threw a PR of 49.80-meter - besting his prior best by over seven meters - to finish fourth overall. In the final event of the decathlon, Myer ran a personal-best 4:58.78 to finish sixth and break his career record in the race by over two seconds. Myer also finish fifth in the discus and eighth in the pole vault.
"The other areas went has predicted," said Peterson. "Kasey Rodgers made the finals in the 100-meter dash and we have Zandria (Bowles) and Candice (St. Etienne) in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. Zandria ran a seasonal-best time, while Candice ran a life-time best today.
The event of the evening for Tulane was the 400-meter hurdles, where Justyn Shackleford advanced on the men's side and a pair of Green Wave women's competitors moved on to the finals of the event. Shackleford set a career-best in the event as he finished fourth in the second heat of the prelims. His showing of 54.97 was good enough to finish seventh in the prelims and advance to the finals on Sunday.
Zandria Debowles and Candice St. Etienne each put together their best showings of the season in the women's 400-meter hurdles prelims. St. Etienne covered the lap in 60.81 to set a new career best and finish second in the opening heat. DeBowles captured the top spot in the third heat in a season-best time of 59.38 to enter the finals with the second fastest qualifying time.
In the men's 400 meter, Jon Frano advanced to the finals for the second straight year with his second fastest clip of the season. The junior ran 48.31 in the second heat of the event to place second and claim one of the nine spots in the finals. Frano set his personal-best of 48.11 earlier this season, but really came on to the scene when he finished eighth at the 2011 Conference USA Championships.
Kasey Rodgers moved on to the finals in the 100 meter, grabbing the final qualifying spot, as she finished second in the first heat of the competition. The senior posted a time of 11.90 and will look to improve on that mark in the finals on Sunday evening.
Senior Raquelle Collins also set a career-best mark in the long jump on Saturday, landing 5.88-meters from the board to top her previous best my one, one-hundredth of a meter.
"I'm feeling great about our seniors and their performances today," said Peterson. "Raquelle Collins has worked very hard over the last three years and has aspirations to go into medical school and today she finished with a life-time best in making the final of the long jump. She's going to remember the feeling she had in front of her family and friends sitting in the stands cheering her on and coming up with a life-time best effort in her biggest meet.
"We are really looking forward to tomorrow. We have some good chances to score in the javelin, triple jump, 400-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, both relay teams and Jon Frano did a great job of making the finals in the 400-meters and Justyn Shackleford made the finals in the 400-meter hurdles."
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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