Jessica Dallager Posted a 39:39 showing in the 10,000-meter Run on Friday
May 14, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Tulane track and field program had a trio of solid showings to open the first complete day of competition at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships on the campus of Central Florida. The men's squad got on the board with a sixth place finish from Garrett Myer in the decathlon to sit in seventh place with three points, while the women have not recorded a team point yet and are in a tie for tenth with two other scoreless squads.
"It is great for our men's program to have a young athlete like Garrett, who is a great leader and works very hard every day, go out and represent the program in such a grueling event and produce so many season-best times," said Tulane head coach Eric Peterson. "Jessica earned the opportunity to compete in the 10,000 meter with her great showing at the Mississippi Open. She went in looking to break the 40-minute mark and she accomplished that today. I think that will be a boost to her confidence as she matures in her competitive career at Tulane."
Myer opened the scoring for the men's squad with a sixth place showing in the decathlon, scoring a season-best total of 5,078 points. Myer tallied his top-time in seven of the ten events he competed in and placed as high as third among the six competitors. He was third in the pole vault, placed fifth in six events and was sixth in his remaining three outings.
Myer posted season bests in the pole vault (3.30m), shot put (9.75m), javelin (36.84m), long jump (6.03m), 400-meter dash (52.44) and 100-meter dash (11.33).
"In day one, Kelly was in eighth place heading into the 200-meter dash, but slipped into 11th after the event," said Peterson. "She got off to a good start in day two in the long jump and then had her best event of the heptathlon, finishing third in the javelin. She will continue to work on her running events. She manages the field events very well and has made some progress in the running events."
In the women's heptathlon, Curtis finished 11th in the 16-team event with a season-best points total of 4,268. In the seven-event program, the sophomore posted her best finish in the javelin with a third place showing of 32.67-meters. She placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.21), the high jump (1.55m) and the shot put (10.32m) and was ninth in long jump (5.12m).
Curtis placed 12th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:53.19 and was 14th in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.44.
Jessica Dallager competed in the 10,000-meter run for the Green Wave and placed 15th out of 18 competitors in the event. The sophomore completed the longest race of the outdoor program in a time of 39:39.78. It was the first time this season that the 10000 meter was run by a Green Wave student-athlete.
The Conference USA Championships will continue tomorrow at the UCF Track Complex in Orlando, Florida starting at 1:00 with the field events and the main portion of the running events will begin at 6:00 tomorrow evening.
Men's Standings (after 3 events)
1. Rice, 30
2. Tulsa, 29
3. UTEP, 19
4. Memphis, 14
5. Houston, 10
6. East Carolina, 9
7. Tulane, 3
8. Southern Miss, 1
Women's Standings (after 3 events)
T-1. UTEP, 22
T-1. UAB, 22
3. East Carolina, 20
4. Tulsa, 17
5. Rice, 13
6. SMU, 10
7. Southern Miss, 8
8. Houston, 4
9. UCF, 1
T-10. Tulane, 0
T-10. Marshall, 0
T-10. Memphis, 0