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Men's Team Closes Out Strong at C-USA Outdoor Championships, Breaux Named Male Freshman of the Meet

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman Devon Breaux (right) is presented with the Male Freshman of the Meet award by Conference USA representative Chris Davis (left)
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Freshman Devon Breaux (right) is presented with the Male Freshman of the Meet award by Conference USA representative Chris Davis (left)
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May 13, 2013

HOUSTON - Tulane's track and field squad wrapped up their final day at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, and the men's squad finished in strong fashion, as they earned points in three events - including the 4 x 100 meter relay that was anchored by freshman Devon Breaux who earned Male Freshman of the Meet honors.

On Saturday evening, Breaux earned All-Conference USA recognition for his finishes in the long and high jump, notching top-three places in both. On Sunday, the Donaldsonville, La., native joined forces with three other Tulane Green Wave football players - senior Albert Williams and sophomores Xavier Rush and Justyn Shackleford - to post a 41.82 second finish in the 4 x 100 meter relay. Their performance - good for fourth place - earned the team five points on the afternoon.

On top of that, the 41.82 second mark is the sixth best time in school history in the event.

The men's team scored 41 points after it was all said and done, and that eclipsed the performances of the last men's team efforts, combined. Last season, the men's squad posted 11 points, after scoring 10 in 2011 and nine in 2010.

"Everything that is going on with the men's team right now is really positive," said Tulane director of track and field. "They have developed tremendous team spirit and we got a good balance of scoring from a lot of athletes on the team. Devon Breaux just had a great week. What he did yesterday (in the long jump and high jump) coupled with what he did today in the 4 x 100 meter relay, he was honored with Male Freshman of the Meet. It's great to have someone in a Tulane uniform presented with that award."

The honor bestowed upon Breaux made him just the second Tulane male track and field athlete to earn a men's outdoor individual award from Conference USA since Solomon Kandie was named Athlete of the Year in the league in both 2000 and 2001.

 

 

While the men's 4 x 100 meter relay team finished fourth to score five points for the team, the men's 4 x 400 meter relay team did the same, as the quartet of Williams, senior Jon Frano, junior Christopher Arechiga and freshman John Mouton ran the event in 3:14.89. The group will also earned a spot in the Tulane record books, as their performance is the sixth best in the event in Tulane history.

"That group did real well today," said Peterson. "All four of those guys ran well, and their performance was very significant."

Shackleford was not done on the day after he and his teammates posted a solid time in the aforementioned relay. The Suwanee, Ga., native placed sixth with a 400 meter hurdle performance of 55.16, scoring three points for the Greenies.

"This is two years in a row that Justyn has been a conference finalist in this event," said Peterson. "This is a very tough and grueling event, especially when you are coming directly from spring football like he has. He has had to try to develop a high-speed component to his training, and he has been able to do it." His female counterpart in the event, senior Tiffanie Smith, also placed sixth on the day with a new personal best of 1:00.73. Both she and Shackleford had to qualify for the finals on Saturday evening.

"Her performance is exactly what we look for in all of our athletes, and that is to perform well in the most important meets," added Peterson. "Tiffanie did that today in her final track meet as a collegiate athlete. I'm proud of her for that, obviously."

Freshman Tamika Brazzel set a new personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 12.30 meters (40' 4.25) for a fourth place finish.

The Green Wave will now wait to see who qualifies for the NCAA East Regionals, to be held in Greensboro, N.C., from May 23-25. The competitors will be determined tomorrow. While some of the Green Wave athletes will have an opportunity to continue their season at the regionals, many will dive right into an offseason to better prepare them for the 2014 campaign.

"We are fully committed to developing this team in a way where we will win this meet in the future," said Peterson. "Both programs are moving in the right direction, and I believe our future is bright."

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TULANE RESULTS FOR CONFERENCE USA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women

400 Meter Hurdles
6. Tiffanie Smith, 1:00.73

4 x 100 Meter Relay
8. Tulane (Banks, McMillan, Woods, Riles), 45.94

4 x 400 Meter Relay
8. Tulane (Woods, Smith, McMillan, Riles), 3:44.92

Triple Jump
4. Tamika Brazzel, 12.30m (40' 4.25") (PR)
5. Estefany Cruz, 12.14m (39' 10")
12. Briana Santiago, 11.56m (37' 11.25")

High Jump
14. Melanie Mainor, 1.65m (5' 5")
17. Dana Ohlson, 1.55m (5' 1")
-- Tiffany Kenney, NH

Women Final Team Rankings
1. UCF, 167
2. SMU, 99.50
3. Houston, 81
4. Memphis, 79
5. Marshall, 63
6. UTEP, 62
7. UAB, 61
8. Rice, 56
9. East Carolina, 51.50
10. Tulsa, 42
11. Tulane, 35
12. Southern Miss, 22

Men

400 Meter Hurdles
6. Justyn Shackleford, 55.16

1500 Meter Run
12. Jack White, 4:02.04

5000 Meter Run
20. Brian Lozes, 15:46.69
21. Mark Manion, 15:49.69

4 x 100 Meter Relay
4. Tulane (Rush, Williams, Shackleford, Breaux), 41.82

4 x 400 Meter Relay
4. Tulane (Williams, Frano, Arechiga, Mouton), 3:14.89

Men Final Team Rankings
1. UTEP, 166.50
2. Houston, 152. 50
3. Tulsa, 147
4. Memphis, 115
5. East Carolina, 69
6. Rice, 68
7. Southern Miss, 55
8. Tulane, 41