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Van Meter Returns, More Football Players to Compete for T&F Squad as They Head to Stanford Invitational

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Devon Breaux, who plays wide receiver for the football squad, will compete in the long jump and 4 x 100 meter relay this weekend
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Devon Breaux, who plays wide receiver for the football squad, will compete in the long jump and 4 x 100 meter relay this weekend
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March 28, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - After missing the first three weeks of the season, sophomore pole vaulter Merritt Van Meter will begin her outdoor season alongside of her teammates as they all head to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to Van Meter, Tulane football star Devon Breaux will make his track and field debut when he competes in the long jump and the 4 x 100 meter relay. He joins fellow Green Wave football players Xavier Rush and Justyn Shackleford - as well as former Greenie running back Albert Williams - who have temporarily traded their helmets and shoulder pads for track spikes.

"It has been a point of emphasis for us, in the development of our program, to work closely with (Tulane head football coach) Curtis Johnson and his staff, and we are thankful that they are so supportive of allowing kids who really consider themselves track guys to compete for us," said Tulane director of track and field Eric Peterson. "I've been really pleased with the level of commitment from Xavier, Justyn and Albert. We are real excited about Devon's talent and ability. I believe he is a national level long jumper."

A week after missing competition due to a cold, freshman Mikayla Sonneborn will return to compete in the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the first time in her career. She was slated to compete in the event last week at the LSU Relays before her cold knocked her out of competition.

"Mikayla's technique is improving," said Peterson. "I have been impressed all year how she has been able to race at a higher level than when she trains. We are optimistic about her ability to compete at a high level. She loves the 3,000 meter steeplechase, and this will be an incredible opportunity for her."

 

 

Three of arguably the best pole vaulters in Tulane history will compete outdoors for the first time this season as the aforementioned Van Meter will make her outdoor debut for the Green Wave. Last week, sophomore Jessica Knierim notched a personal high that is also the second best jump in school history when she cleared 3.76 meters (12' 4") at the LSU Relays. Junior teammate Joanna Lapucha currently sits atop the school record book with a leap of 3.80 meters (12' 5.5") set last May. Van Meter is coming off a stellar indoor season in which she broke the school record three times, and eventually competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships.

"Merritt has time to rest and learn from her indoor experiences, and she has resumed her training and is looking good again," said Peterson. "It is time to for her to open her outdoor season, and there are few better places to do that than on the West Coast where there is a deep pool of talented collegiate pole vaulters."

Freshman speedster Lilla McMillan will compete in both the 100 and 200 meter dash races. McMillan competed in the 100 meter dash last week at the LSU relays, posting a time of 12.29.

The trio of Candice St. Etienne, Tiffanie Smith and Jessica Adamson will all compete again in the 400 meter hurdles. Last week, Smith finished fifth, Adamson finished sixth and St. Etienne finished seventh in a meet that showcased some of the nation's top talent.

Sophomore Estefany Cruz and freshman Tamika Brazzel will both compete in the triple and long jump competitions and sophomore Tiffany Kenney will join them in the long jump while junior Briana Santiago will join them in the triple jump. Brazzel notched a long jump of 5.69 meters (18' 8") at the Tulane Team Challenge earlier this year, while triple jumped a distance of 11.48 meters (37' 8") at the same meet. Both marks are tops on the season for the Green Wave.

On the men's side, senior Max Yanker will look to build upon his early season success in the high jump. Last week, he leapt 2.03 meters (6' 8"), but the New York native did post a jump of 2.06 meters (6'9") - good for fourth overall in school history - at the Tulane team Challenge earlier this month.

"We look at this as the real beginning of the outdoor season," stated Peterson. "We have worked out some of the kinks and we are up to full-strength, roster wise. We are ready to proceed and move forward in our outdoor season. This will just be a great meet for our team to compete in."

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TULANE ENTRIES FOR THE STANFORD INVITATIONAL

Women

100 Meter Dash
Lilla McMillan

200 Meter Dash
Lilla McMillan

400 Meter Dash
Kayla Quincy
Hilary Woods

3000 Meter Steeplechase
Mikayla Sonneborn

100 Meter Hurdles
Adiyah Crute
Tiffany Kenney
Dana Ohlson

400 Meter Hurdles
Jessica Adamson
Tiffanie Smith
Candice St. Etienne

4 x 400 Meter Relay
Tulane A

High Jump
Melanie Mainor

Pole Vault
Jessica Knierim
Joanna Lapucha
Merritt Van Meter

Long Jump
Estefany Cruz
Tamika Brazzel
Tiffany Kenney

Triple Jump
Estefany Cruz
Tamika Brazzel
Briana Santiago

Men

100 Meter Dash
Xavier Rush
Albert Williams

200 Meter Dash
Christopher Arechiga
Jon Frano
Jonathan Heil
John Mouton

3000 Meter Steeplechase
Mark Manion

400 Meter Hurdles
Justyn Shackleford

4 x 400 Meter Relay
Tulane A

High Jump
Max Yanker

Long Jump
Devon Breaux

Javelin
Julius Warmsley