Feb. 20, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - With one week remaining before the Conference USA Indoor Championships, the Tulane track and field program will look to get in some work in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday as they head up I-10 to take part in the LSU Twilight at the Carl Maddox Field House.
Live stats can be followed by heading to the Tulane track and field schedule page on TulaneGreenWave.com. Final results will be made available there at the completion of the meet.
Many of Friday's competitors took part in meets last weekend, as the Green Wave took split squads to the Husky Classic in Seattle and the Southern Miss Cupid Classic in Birmingham, Ala. The Green Wave posted some solid results, and they will look to build upon those performances in the wake of the championship meets that loom large in the upcoming weeks.
Tulane's jumpers will be relied on heavily at the conference championship meet for points, and as of right now, four pole vaulters, one long jumper and three triple jumpers all rank in the top eight in the league standings for their performances throughout the season.
"This is a final competition before we get to the championship meet," stated the director of Tulane track and field Eric Peterson. "Our jumpers have had such a good season up to this point in time. Many of them are improving and are on a roll right now. We want to keep that going as we head into the championship meet."
Redshirt junior Estefany Cruz bettered her standings in the triple jump rankings last weekend at the Cupid Classic, as she posted a jump of 12.44 meters (40-9.75), which sits at fourth in the league. Cruz jumped over a tenth of a meter longer than her previous season-high.
In addition to Cruz, senior Briana Santiago will triple jump for Tulane on Friday. The Gulf Breeze, Fla., native currently has the sixth-best jump in the league, set at the Samford Multis and Invitational earlier this month. At that meet, Santiago leapt 12.27 meters (40-3.25), which stands as a personal best.
Tulane's stable of pole vaulters in Merritt Van Meter, Jessica Knierim, Mary Carson Pitts and Joanna Lapucha will all compete in Baton Rouge over the weekend. All four currently sit in the top eight in the league standings, with Van Meter's 4.27 meter (14-0) vault at the Cherry and Silver Invitational pacing the way for the league. Knierim and Pitts both set new personal bests last weekend in Birmingham, notching identical 3.80 meter (12-5.5) jumps that are tied for fifth in the conference. Lapucha has the seventh best jump in the league having cleared 3.72 meters (12' 2.5") at the Cherry and Silver Invitational.
Junior Tiffany Kenney will get some experience under her belt in three events over the weekend in preparation for the pentathlon the following week. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native will compete in the 60 meter hurdles, the shot put and the high jump. She competed in the pentathlon just one time this season, scoring 3,287 points, which ranks fifth in the league.
"We have some other athletes who we are looking for big developments from," added Peterson. "Michelle Kreutzberg in the 800 meters has run very consistently over the last couple of weeks."
After the LSU Twilight, the Green Wave will regroup and prepare for the Conference USA Indoor Championships, which will be held on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
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Tulane Entries for the LSU Twilight
Women's 60m Dash
Women's 800m Run
Women's 60m High Hurdles
Women's High Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Mary Carson Pitts
Merritt Van Meter
Women's Long Jump
Women's Triple Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's Weight Throw