March 14, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - With one meet already under their belts, the Tulane outdoor track and field teams will head up the road to Hattiesburg, Miss., to build on their season opener at the Southern Miss Invitational at the USM Track and Field at Soccer Complex on Saturday.
Saturday's meet will get underway at 10:30am CT, and should wrap up around 5:30pm CT. Final results will be posted to TulaneGreenWave.com after the meet's completion. Live results can be followed by clicking on the live results link on the schedule page at TulaneGreenWave.com.
The Green Wave are coming off a solid showing in Mobile, Ala., at the South Alabama Jaguar Opener last weekend in which four of Friday's competitors either entered or raised their status in the Tulane record book. Redshirt freshman Daliadiz Ortiz, sophomore discus and hammer thrower Cheyenne Swanson, freshman shot putter Taylor Potts and freshman pole vaulter Caleb Bertrand all posted top-ten finishes in school history with their performances last week. Quite a few Green Wave athletes won event titles in Mobile, as well.
"Our team is making a transition from the indoor season to the outdoor season, and that transition won't full kick into gear until March 21 when we go to the Alabama Relays," stated Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "This is another tune up meet for our outdoor team."
Ortiz, who has come back from a serious injury after just one meet during her freshman campaign, won the javelin event title in Mobile last weekend with a toss of 49.02 meters (160-10) which moved her to fifth place in school history in the event. Last season, Ortiz' lone throw went 48.32 meters (158-6) at the Tulane Team Challenge.
Potts, a bronze medalist in the shot put during the Conference USA Indoor Championships, placed second last weekend with a throw of 13.51 meters (44-4) during her outdoor debut. The Fishers, Ind., native's throw stands at fourth in Tulane women's outdoor history.
In addition to the aforementioned athletes, three Green Wave runners won event titles last week in Mobile, Ala. Junior Michelle Kreutzberg won the 600 meter run, finishing in a time of 1:35.72, and on Saturday, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native will compete in her top event from the indoor campaign, the 800 meter run. Sophomore Jessica Adamson will join Kreutzberg in the event. Adamson scored points in the 800 meters for the team during the Conference USA Indoor Championships two weekends ago. Freshman Sara Kebede will also compete in the 800 meters this weekend.
Sophomore Lilla McMillan posted the fastest finish in the 300 meter dash at the Jaguar Opener, notching a time of 38.39. She, along with second-place finisher senior Hilary Woods, will compete in the 200 meter dash on Saturday. Like Adamson, McMillan scored points for the team in her specialty event during the conference indoor championships.
"I think some of the things we are looking for are strong performances in the 800 meters from Michelle, Jessica and Sara," added Peterson. "Daliadiz and Taylor will throw for us, and they did well last weekend. In addition to Lilla in the 200 meters, those are the events that we are probably going to highlight. We have high levels of expectations for high marks from them."
Swanson had strong outings in both the discus and hammer throw last week, posting career bests in both events. Swanson's hammer throw of 33.62 meters (110-3) and discus throw of 39.95 meters (44-4) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in their events in Tulane history. Swanson look to build on those performances in Hattiesburg on Saturday.
On the men's side, sophomore Jack White ran in mid-season form in the 1,500 meter run, winning the event in a time of 4:05.81. On Saturday, the Fairfield, Conn., native will compete in the event once again.
One of the top pole vaulters in the nation as a senior in high school, Bertrand lived up to his credentials during his first meet, as he posted a leap of 4.65 meters (15-3) in his first collegiate meet, which is tied for third in school history.
Junior discus thrower Thomas Lynch, who owns the school record in the event, will compete again on Friday. Last week, the Washington, D.C., native posted a throw of 42.08 meters (138-0) for eighth place at the Jaguar Opener.
"On the men's side, this will be the first time that the team will perform at nearly full-strength," added Peterson. "We are looking to develop and grow."
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Tulane Entries for the Jaguar Opener
Women's 100m Dash
Women's 200m Dash
Women's 400m Dash
Women's 800m Run
Women's 1,500m Run
Women's 100m High Hurdles
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
Women's 4 x 400m Relay
Women's Shot Put
Women's Discus Throw
Women's Hammer Throw
Men's 200m Dash
Men's 400m Dash
Men's 800m Run
Men's 1,500m Run
Men's 5,000m Run
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
Men's Pole Vault
Men's Shot Put
Men's Discus Throw