Track & Field
Kipyegon Leads Tulane Track at Gatorade Invitational



April 3, 1999

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Senior Amos Kipyegon earned wins in two individual events to lead a strong Tulane track and field performance Saturday at the University of Miami/Gatorade Invitational.

Kipyegon, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, earned the double win by capturing the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs. His time of 14:26.36 in the 5,000 meters was a season best and topped the field by more than 22 seconds. Kipyegon also won the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:46.57.

Also putting together strong performances for the Green Wave men were juniors Edrige Darling and Jacob Busienei. Darling ran a season-best time in the 400-meter hurdles and set a school record with a clocking of 51.38. His time was eight one-hundredths of a second shy of provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Busienei won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:12.15.

The Tulane women continued its run of strong performances with two NCAA provisional qualifiers and nine seasonal best performances.

Junior Lana Garner won the women's 800-meter dash with a time of 2:06.80, which was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Her time was a season best and was just 23 one-hundredths of a second shy of an NCAA automatic qualifier.

Junior Hanne Lyngstad also posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark by winning the 3,000 meters in a time of 9:33.30. For Lyngstad, it was her second provisional qualifying mark in as many weeks.

Charlotte Plummer finished third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.67. Her time was a season best.

Also posting individual season bests for the Tulane women were Rebecca Murphy in the 100 meters (12.06), Nadia Smith in the long jump (19-11), and Cecilie Rise in the triple jump (41-1 ).

Tulane will next be in action on Sat., April 10, as the squad hosts the Tulane Invitational at Tad Gormley Stadium.




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