February 2, 1999
Through the first four weeks of the indoor season, the Tulane track and field program is off to a fast start by already posting four NCAA provisional qualifers.
Junior Lana Garner and sophomore Hanne Lyngstad have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships individually in the 800-meter dash, while sophomore Cecilie Rise has provisionally qualified in the triple jump. In addition, the Green Wave women's Distance Medley Relay team also posted a provisionally qualifying mark.
Garner, a native of San Diego, Calif., ran a personal-best time of 2:08.78 at the Houston Indoor Opener on Jan. 23 in Houston, Texas. She finished second in the finals and narrowly missed the automatic qualifying mark of 2:07.10. Garner is no stranger to NCAA Championship competition, having qualified for the 1997 Outdoor and 1998 Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Lyngstad, a native of Elverum, Norway, ran a season-best time of 2:08.43 at the Terrier Classic on Jan. 30 in Boston, Mass. She finished third in the 38-woman final and broke her existing school record by more than four seconds. Since joining the Tulane program in the spring of 1998, Lyngstad has qualified for NCAA Championship competition in nine different events.
Rise, a native of Sandane, Norway, recorded a mark of 41 feet, 9.25 inches (12.73 meters) at the LSU Purple Tiger meet on Jan. 16 in Baton Rouge, La. She finished second in the meet and set a new school record in the process. Rise's effort also ranks among the top-10 triple jump performances in the nation this season.
The Distance Medley Relay team of Garner, Lyngstad, Alison Lambert and Angela Milner provisionally qualified with a time of 11:19.71 at the Terrier Classic, finishing second in the 16-team final. The quartet's time broke the school record by nearly two-and-a-half seconds and was just off the automatic qualifying standard of 11:18.00. Tulane's DMR was a qualifier at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet last year, finishing ninth in the nation.
The Tulane women, coached by Ron Bazil, qualified nine individuals and relay two teams to NCAA Championship competition last season.