May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Attempting to join her Tulane track and field teammate in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, Green Wave redshirt sophomore Estefany Cruz's bid came up just short in the triple jump at the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.
The Guatemala native posted a mark of 11.75 meters (38' 6.75"), which was not enough to qualify her for the biggest outdoor collegiate track and field stage.
"Unfortunately, the season for Estefany didn't end the way we all - including her - hoped it would end," stated Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "She came up short of achieving her goal today and advance, but I think she has a lot to look forward to being just a sophomore athlete in our program. Our focus will be working to get her back to this level next season."
For the second straight year, Cruz qualified for the NCAA East Regionals in the triple jump. For the second straight year, she also notched her fifth best jump on the season in the regional meet.
Despite failing to make the outdoor national championship, Cruz was a big part of the success of the Tulane track and field program this season. She was one of five - along with pole vaulters Merritt Van Meter and Joanna Lapucha, discus thrower Thomas Lynch and long jumper Devon Breaux - who competed in the NCAA East Regionals. This year saw the most Tulane individual athletes qualify for a regional since the squad sent five in 2009.
Tulane will send an athlete to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the fifth year in a row now. With Van Meter qualifying for the Outdoor Championships, Tulane has now extended their annual streak of outdoor qualifiers to five years.
Van Meter also qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships earlier this season. With her qualification for the outdoor meet, she became the first Tulane women track and field athlete to qualify for both the indoor and outdoor national championships in the same event in the same season since Marie Ablander did so in the triple jump in 2001.
The Metairie, La., native will train during the upcoming weeks before traveling to Eugene, Ore., for the event on June 7.
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