Feb. 23, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University opened action at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday evening at the University of Houston. Tulane's men are currently in sixth place, while the Wave women are seventh.
Tulane's lone victory of the first day was in the women's distance medley relay. Junior Lyndie Galka (Fort Stewart, Ga.), sophomore Nadja Petersen (Stockholm, Sweden), senior Angela Milner (Modesto, Calif.), and junior Katrina Gemmell (Palmerston North, New Zealand) teamed up for the win in a time of 11:48.41.
The Green Wave had many strong performance in the preliminary rounds, however.
On the men's side, junior Clement Abai (Port Moresby, New Guinea) won his heat in the 800 meters, while junior Delando Davis (New Orleans, La.) was a heat winner in the 60-meter high hurdles. Junior Alex Lakhanpal (Stockholm, Sweden) was second in his heat in the 200-meter prelims.
The Wave women were led by senior Nikelola Balogun (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Asha James (Pickering, Ontario). Balogun won a pair of preliminary heats (in the 200 meters and the 400 meters). James won her 200-meter heat and came in second in her 60-meter prelim. Petersen posted the top time of the day in the 400 meter prelims, while senior Quasheba Lee (Houston, Texas) was second in her 400-meter heat. In the 800, Milner and Galka both won their respective heats.
The Championship will wrap up on Sunday afternoon at Houston.