Jan. 30, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University had a pair of student-athletes from its track and field teams earn Conference USA Athlete of the Week honors, it was announced by the league on Tuesday. Sophomore Nadja Petersen (Stockholm, Sweden) was named the Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while freshman Carl White (Opelousas, La.) earned the men's honor.
Petersen pulled one of the biggest upsets of the young 2001 indoor season with her victory in the 400 Meters at the Razorback Invitational, defeating defending national (outdoor) 400 meters champion Mikele Barber of South Carolina. Petersen's time (53.26) provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships and was just .06 off of the number needed to automatically qualify.
The 5-5 sophomore also ran a leg of the women's 4 x 400 meter relay which finished second behind South Carolina and provisionally qualified for the NCAA's with a time of 3:41.29.
In his first meet as a member of the Wave, White triple-jumped 51-7 (15.72m) to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Three of the five individuals who placed ahead of the 6-1 White were unattached, so only two collegians defeated the Tulane freshman in the meet.
Tulane will be back in action on the track on Feb. 9, when it opens competition at the Cannon IV Classic at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind.