May 31, 2014
JACKSONVILLE - Tulane's track and field season came to a close on Saturday during the third day of the NCAA East Regionals at Hodges Track in Jacksonville, but not before freshman Taylor Potts set a new personal best, while two Green Wave triple jumpers went toe-to-toe with the nation's elite.
Potts, competing in the shot put, recorded a toss of 14.93 meters (48-11.75) to place 33rd on the day. The Fishers, Ind., native eclipsed her previous personal best of 14.88 meters (48-10) set at the Black and Gold Invitational in early May. That throw qualified her for the first round of the national championships, and with her throw on Saturday, she out-tossed 15 competitors that had longer throws than her during the regular season.
"I'm very excited for her after coming back from a disappointing conference championship meet," stated Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. "She was able to come to this regional during the first time in her career to be her best. She threw a lifetime best mark in her first opportunity to compete at this level, which is very impressive. I'm very happy for this young athlete who has a lot of talent and ability."
In addition to Potts, redshirt junior Estefany Cruz and sophomore Tamika Brazzel were the other two of the eight total regional qualifiers for the Green Wave this season, and both posted a better showing than their regional ranking coming into the meet.
Cruz placed 33rd on the afternoon with a triple jump of 12.35 meters (40-6.25), seven places higher than her qualifying ranking of 40th. The redshirt junior from Guatemala competed in her third NCAA Regional.
On Friday, senior pole vaulter wrapped up her career for the Green Wave in the pole vault. Teammate Mary Carson Pitts also qualified for the pole vault, but was unable to participate due to an injury suffered in practice earlier in the week.
During the opening day of the first round of the national championships, redshirt freshman Daliadiz Ortiz tossed the javelin, sophomore Lilla McMillan ran in the 400 meter dash and sophomore Devon Breaux leapt in the long jump. With eight NCAA Regional qualifiers this season, the Green Wave sent more athletes to the postseason in the history of the program since the current championship format was created during the 2003 season.
The Green Wave track and field squad have a bright future ahead of them, as a majority of the athletes who competed in the NCAA East Regionals over the weekend will return to the team for the 2015 season.
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Tulane Results for Day Three of the NCAA East Regionals
Women's Triple Jump
33. Estefany Cruz, 12.35m (40-6.25)
43. Tamika Brazzel, 12.01m (39-5)
Women's Shot Put
33. Taylor Potts, 14.93m (48-11.75) *