Track Wins Six Events at C-USA Championships



Feb. 27, 2000

HILLSIDE, Ill. -- The Tulane track and field program captured six event championships at the 2000 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Sunday afternoon.

The Green Wave women won four events and finished third with a team total of 106. South Florida won the team title with 131 points and Houston finished second with 108.50 points.

Leading the way for the Green Wave women was freshman Theresa Maru, who won the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:54.40. Maru won the event by more than 4.5 seconds and posted her best time of the season. Maru also finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:53.28. She earned all-conference accolades for her efforts and was one of 22 Tulane team members to earn all-Conference USA honors.

Junior Hanna Ritakallio won the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:13.40. She won the event by 36 one-hundredths of a second. Ritakallio also finished fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:54.56.

Tulane continued its domination of the relay events by sweeping the 4x400-meter and Distance Medley relays. It is the third consecutive year that Tulane has won both women's relay events. The Wave set a Conference USA record in winning the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:43.44, and comfortably won the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 11:50.89.

The Tulane men picked up two individual champions, as Solomon Kandie and Jacob Busienei each won a distance event. Kandie won the mile run with a time of 4:11.95, while Busienei captured the 3,000 meters with a time of 14:42.84.

Tulane finished fourth in the team standings with a total of 82 points. Houston won the championship with 150 points and UNC Charlotte finished second with 114.

The Green Wave men also had runner-up finishes by Jamal Jones in the 55-meter dash (6.34 seconds), the 4x400-meter relay (3:18.23) and the Distance Medley Relay (10:06.70).

The Tulane track and field team will next be in action on March 3-4 at the last chance NCAA qualifying meets.