Junior Ana Ruzevic Will Compete in All Four Weight Disciplines on Wednesday
March 8, 2011
Tulane Green Wave Host Tulane Team Challenge
Teams: Tulane, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana
Start Time: 12:00 p.m.
Site: Tad Gormley Stadium (New Orleans, La. - City Park)
Scoring: Relay: 7, 5, 4 Individual: 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
NEW ORLEANS - The sound of the starting gun and the thunder of student-athletes competing on the track will return to the Crescent City for the first time since 2005 when the Tulane Track and Field program host the Tulane Team Challenge at Tad Gormley Stadium on Wednesday, March 9. The Green Wave will be joined by Southeastern Louisiana and South Alabama in the scored tri-meet hosted at the City Park facility .
This will be the first meet hosted by the Green Wave since 2005, before Hurricane Katrina, when they entertained the University of New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana University in a tri-meet on the Danny Thiel Track on April 13. Tulane hosted the Green Wave Cross Country Invitational in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Nearly every Tulane men's and women's student-athlete will compete in the outdoor season opener for the team. A complete schedule featuring the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash events, the 800, 1500 and 3000-meter distance events, and the 100 and 400-meter hurdle competitions. The field events will include the long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, hammer throw, discus, shot put and the javelin. The 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay events will also be competed.
Senior's Rebecca Coady and Zandria Debowles will open their final outdoor seasons by competing in a pair of events, while ten other's will also compete in multiple individual events. Coady will run the 800-meter and 1500-meter events and look to continue her impressive senior campaign. The Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia native has set a new personal best at every distance she has competed this season in cross country and indoor track. DeBowles will run the 400-meter hurdles and compete in the high jump, entering both events with the top seeded mark.
Ana Ruzevic will have the busiest program in the outdoor opener, competing in all four weight disciplines. Ruzevic, who qualified for the NCAA National Championships last season in the javelin and placed ninth overall, will throw the discus, javelin, hammer and shot put on Wednesday. Freshman Elizabeth Thomassie will compete in three throwing events, while Brianna Santiago and Danna Wasserman will each contend in the long and triple jump events.
Kasey Rodgers is coming off of one of the most successful indoor campaigns in the school history where the junior etched her name into the record books in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash categories on the indoor oval. The Elk Grove, Calif. native will run just the 100-meter dash, while freshman Tiffany George will participate in the 100 and 200-meter events. Jamie Riles and Tiffanie Smith will both run the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes to highlight some of the competitors of the Olive and Blue in the women's program.
On the men's side of things, Tulane will get their first action of the track and field season after not competing during the indoor portion of the 2011 slate. Fifteen men's student-athletes will see action on the oval at Tad Gormley Stadium on Wednesday, with Garrett Myer and Julius Warmsley each participating in three individual events.
Myer will run the 100-meter dash and compete in the long jump and javelin, while Warmsley will throw three of the four weight trials. Myer is the lone decathlete from last season, while Warmsley is a freshman that played football for the Green Wave in the fall and will compete this spring for head coach Eric Peterson. Warmsley threw the javelin and played football last year at the U.S. Military Preparatory School.
Freshman sprinter Christopher Arechiga, hurdler Daniel Omuro and jumper Miguel Nadal will each don the Olive and Blue for the first time in their respective careers, while junior Andrew Gray will make his first appearance for Tulane in the weight events. Ryan Rigali will get his first taste of collegiate track after competing this fall for the Green Wave in cross country.