Tulane Track and Field Heads to New Mexico for Cherry and Silver Invitational



Jan. 16, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - After a weekend in which they participated in two different meets, the Tulane Green Wave track and field team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

The meet - hosted by the University of New Mexico - will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Tulane will be competing in the meet for the second straight year.

"This meet gives our athletes an opportunity to compete against a lot of schools outside of our region, which is valuable," stated Tulane track and field head coach Eric Peterson. "Exposing our kids to different venues and different levels of competition is so important, especially to the kids that we are counting on to lead the way for our program."

The Greenies will take part in seven events with the long jump, high jump and 600 meter race held on Friday and the triple jump, pole vault, 400 meter dash and 800 meter race held on Saturday.

Only two runners will compete this weekend, with freshman Jessica Adamson and sophomore Kelci Lyons both competing in both the 400 meter dash and the 600 meter dash. Lyons will also run in the 800 meter race.

"We are excited about these two young runners," added Peterson. "Kelci ran in just one indoor meet last year and then redshirted the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in her lower leg. She is healthy now, and we are looking forward to her regaining her form. With Jessica, she came to our program as a 400 meter hurdler, and we are gradually moving her up to the 800 meters, so you'll see her running in a very unusual event in the 600 meters."

Sophomore pole vaulter Merritt Van Meter will look to earn her third individual event title in only her third meet as a member of the Tulane track and field program. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11½") last Saturday at the Crimson Tide Opener. In December, she broke the school record with a vault of 4.00 meters (13' 1½"). Sophomores Joanna Lapucha and Jessica Knierim - who both notched vaults of 3.55m (11' 7¾") last weekend -and freshman Jill Doyle will also compete in the pole vault.

Freshman Tamika Brazzel burst onto the scene in Birmingham, Ala., with a triple jump of 12.51 meters (41' 0½"), and she'll look to build upon that jump this weekend. Brazzel's mark from last weekend is good enough for sixth place all-time in school history. Star sophomore Estefany Cruz and junior Briana Santiago will look to better their season highs from last weekend in the triple jump, as well. In addition to their triple jump duties, Brazzel and Cruz will compete in the long jump.

Melanie Mainor posted a solid 1.65m (5'5") last weekend in the high jump, a new career high for the junior. She will get to work again late Friday night, competing in the high jump for only the second time this season.

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Women's 400m Dash
Jessica Adamson
Kelci Lyons

Women's 600m Run
Jessica Adamson
Kelci Lyons

Women's 800m Run
Kelci Lyons

Women's High Jump
Melanie Mainor

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

Women's Long Jump
Tamika Brazzel
Estefany Cruz

Women's Triple Jump
Tamika Brazzel
Estefany Cruz
Briana Santiago