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Tulane Track and Field Heads to Alabama for Two Meets This Weekend

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Estefany Cruz
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Estefany Cruz
TULANEGREENWAVE.COM

Jan. 9, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Track and Field team will get the New Year started by participating in two meets this weekend, as they travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the UAB Blazer Indoor Invitational on Friday and the Crimson Tide Invitational on Saturday. Both events will be held at the Birmingham Crossplex.

The Green Wave returns to the track after participating in the Panther Indoor Icebreaker in early December. Coincidentally, the Panther Indoor Icebreaker was also held at the Birmingham Crossplex.

"Obviously, we are coming back from a long holiday vacation, so the opportunity to compete in two different track meets this weekend is great for our team," said track and field head coach Eric Peterson. "We get to reassess where we are after the holidays, and we get to make a determination of how to best move forward as we get into a short indoor season."

A slew of Greenies will get some experience under their belts, as Tulane will take part in 11 events at the UAB Blazer Indoor Invitational, highlighted by the Women's 60 meter dash and the Women's 200 meter dash. Some Tulane participants will be performing as collegiate athletes for the first time.

"We are excited about the leadership of our team, but also, we feel very encouraged by the development of the kids on our team who are finding themselves," added Peterson. "The UAB meet is a meet where we'll have a mixture of our front line athletes participating in, maybe, an off-event to kind of jump-start their season."

Junior Hilary Woods will run in both events, marking the first time this season that the Green Wave will run in the 60 meter dash. Freshman Lilla McMillan will also make her debut in the 60 meter dash. She posted a time of 24.86 in the 200 meter dash at the Panther Ice Breaker.

 

 

For the first time this season, the Wave will run in a long distance event, as well as a hurdle event. Freshman Mikayla Sonneborn will make her Tulane debut by competing in the one mile. Senior Adiyah Crute, sophomore Tiffany Kenney and freshman Dana Ohlson take to the track for the 60 meter hurdles. Crute holds the third-best time in Tulane's indoor 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.12.

Redshirt sophomore Estefany Cruz will participate in the long jump on Friday in the hopes of bettering her distance of 5.36m that was set during the Panther Ice Breaker in December. Better known for her triple jump abilities, Cruz will use the UAB Blazer Indoor Invitational as a warm up for Saturday's competition.

On Saturday, the Green Wave will head back to the Birmingham Crossplex, as they will take part in the Crimson Tide Opener. It will be the second year in a row that Tulane will participate in the meet.

"The Crimson Tide Invitational, in terms of competition, is a little higher than the first meet," stated Peterson. "That's where you'll see our athletes really focused on our specialties."

The Green Wave athletes will be competing against the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and LSU.

The Tulane coaches will get a better look at school pole vault record holder Merritt Van Meter, as she looks to build upon her spectacular opener at the Panther Ice Breaker. Van Meter broke the school record by clearing 4 meters in her first meet as a Greenie. Sophomores Joanna Lapucha and Jessica Knierim will also compete in the pole vault after each cleared 3.55 meters during the Panther Ice Breaker.

Freshman Tamika Brazzel, who performed superbly at the Panther Ice Breaker, will compete in the long jump and triple jump during the Crimson Tide Opener.

Sophomores Kelci Lyons and Tiffany Kenney will take part in the 800 meter dash, marking their first times competing in the event this season.

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ENTRIES FOR UAB BLAZER INDOOR INVITATIONAL

Women's 60m Dash
Lilla McMillan
Hilary Woods

Women's 200m Dash
Tiffanie Smith
Hilary Woods
Kayla Quincy

Women's 400m Dash
Kayla Quincy
Tiffanie Smith
Kelci Lyons

Women's 800m Run
Michelle Kreutzberg
Amanda Savage
Charlotte Manogue

Women's One Mile Run
Mikayla Sonneborn

Women's 60m Hurdles
Adiyah Crute
Dana Ohlson
Tiffany Kenney

Women's 4 x 400m Relay
Tulane A (Banks, Adamson, Kreutzberg, Smith)

Women's High Jump
Dana Ohlson
Tiffany Kenney

Women's Pole Vault
Jill Doyle
Haley Miller

Women's Long Jump
Estefany Cruz
Taylor Caulk

Women's Triple Jump
Taylor Caulk
Tamika Brazzel

ENTRIES FOR CRIMSON TIDE OPENER

Women's 200m Dash
Lilla McMillan

Women's 800m Run
Tiffany Kenney
Kelci Lyons

Women's 4 x 400m Relay
Tulane A (Smith,St. Etienne,Quincy,Woods)
Tulane B (Kreutzberg,Banks,Adamson,Smith)

Women's High Jump
Melanie Mainor

Women's Pole Vault
Merritt Van Meter
Joanna Lapucha
Jessica Knierim

Women's Long Jump
Tamika Brazzel
Dana Ohlson
Tiffany Kenney

Women's Triple Jump
Tamika Brazzel
Estefany Cruz
Briana Santiago