Sophomore Tamika Brazzel notched a new personal-best in the long jump
May 17, 2014
HOUSTON - Two Tulane sophomore long jumpers Tamika Brazzel and Devon Breaux had big days for the Tulane track and field team, as both scored points for the their team on Day Three of the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in Houston on Saturday.
Brazzel placed seventh in the long jump with a new personal-best leap of 5.98 meters (19-7.5) to score two points for her squad.
On the men's side, Breaux posted a season-high best of 7.45 meters (24-5.5) to place sixth on the day for three points for the Green Wave. In addition to his point-scoring effort on Saturday, Breaux's leap should qualify him for the NCAA East Regionals.
"I felt like the team had a very solid day," stated Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. "Tamika and Devon came up big today. Devon's final jump moved him from a tie to ninth place up to sixth place. He did that on his final attempt. It was really significant."
In addition to the outstanding long jump performances, Tulane posted some solid outings on the track.
Sophomore sprinter Lilla McMillan qualified for the 200 meter dash final on Sunday with an overall fifth-place finish on Saturday with a time of 24.12. McMillan won her heat in the event. The Mill Valley, Calif., native has an opportunity to score for the team on Sunday.
In the 800 meters, sophomore Jessica Adamson also qualified for the finals on Sunday, as she notched a fifth-place finish in a time of 2:11.57. Her teammate, junior Michelle Kreutzberg, notched a new personal best with a time of 2:13.52, but did not qualify for Sunday's final.
"Michelle ran really aggressively, but just couldn't close the race off, which is a function of just being new in the race, and I'm very excited about her future," said Peterson.
On the track for the men, 1,500 meter runner Jack White qualified for the finals in his event, as he posted a new personal best time of 3:54.13.
Additionally, freshman runner Kade Kistner finished the 800 meter run in a time of 1:54.33. However, he placed 14th on the day, and will not compete in the finals on Sunday.
Freshman pole vaulter Caleb Bertrand, unfortunately, no-heighted in his event after coming off a serious injury to his hand.
"He is very tough, and what he did is very inspiring to me," added Peterson. "I know he has a very bright future here."
Peterson is looking forward to what his team can do on the final day of the competition.
"I think we have set ourselves up quite nicely for a big day tomorrow," mentioned Peterson. "We have stayed true-to-form coming into the meet, and we are looking forward to some big opportunities to score tomorrow."
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Tulane Results for Day Three of the Conference USA Outdoor Championships
Women's 200m Dash
5. Lilla McMillan, 24.12 ^
Women's 400m Dash
10. Lilla McMillan, 55.32 ^
Women's 800m Run
5. Jessica Adamson, 2:11.57 ^
10. Michelle Kreutzberg, 2:13.52 ^ *
Women's Long Jump
7. Tamika Brazzel, 5.98m (19-7.5) *
Women's Discus Throw
20. Cheyenne Swanson, 35.44m (116-3)
Men's 100m Dash
23. Taurean Nixon, 10.86 ^
28. Richard Allen, 10.96 ^
Men's 400m Dash
25. John Mouton, 49.77 ^
Men's 800m Run
14. Kade Kistner, 1:54.33 ^ *
Men's 1,500m Run
11. Jack White, 3:54.13 ^ *
Men's 400m Hurdles
13. Justyn Shackleford, 54.72
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
20. Nicolas Meloro, 9:58.82
Men's Pole Vault
--Caleb Bertrand, NH
Men's Long Jump
6. Devon Breaux, 7.45m (24-5.5)
Men's Discus Throw
9. Thomas Lynch, 48.57m (159-4)
Sunday, May 18
3:00pm Women's Shot Put
4:00pm Women's Pole Vault
4:30pm Men's 4 x 100 Meter Relay
4:55pm Men's 1,500 Meter Run
5:00pm Women's Triple Jump
5:30pm Women's Javelin
5:30pm Men's Shot Put
5:35pm Men's 400 Meter Dash
5:40pm Women's 400 Meter Dash
5:50pm Men's 100 Meter Dash
6:05pm Men's 800 Meter Dash
6:10pm Women's 800 Meter Dash
6:20pm Men's 400 Meter Hurdles
6:40pm Women's 200 Meter Dash
7:45pm Men's 4 x 400 Meter Relay
8:00pm Women's 4 x 400 Meter Relay