Track Shines at USTCA Collegiate Series Meet



April 16, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Tulane track and field team put forth another solid effort at Saturday's United States Track Coaches Association Collegiate Series meet in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Green Wave received strong performances from both the men and women, as the team combined to set three new school records and post four NCAA provisional qualifying marks. In the team scoring, the Tulane women finished third, while the men finished fourth.

Leading the way for the Tulane men was sophomore Solomon Kandie, who set a school record and earned two event wins. Kandie won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 8:52.44. The time was more than seven seconds ahead of teammate Jacob Busienei and was also an NCAA provisional qualifier. Kandie also won the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 3:49.89.

Senior Edrige Darling continues to perform well this spring, as the reigning Conference USA Athlete of the Week won the men's 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 50.70 seconds. That clocking was the second-fastest time in school history and an NCAA provisional qualifier.

Also performing well for the Green Wave was junior Nathan Junius, who picked up two event wins. The New Orleans native won the discus throw with a season-best mark of 152 feet (46.24 meters), the third-best mark in school history. He also won the javelin throw with a mark of 223 feet, seven inches, which was an NCAA provisional qualifier as well. The Tulane men's 4x400-meter relay team also set a school record in winning the event with a time of 3:08.56.

Hanne Lyngstad led the Green Wave women by earning two event wins. The senior from Elverum, Norway, won the 1,500 meters with a season-best clocking of 4:22.69 and captured the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:53.99. Her 1,500-meter time was an NCAA provisional qualifier.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor championships by winning the event with a school-record time of 3:36.85, while the 4x100-meter relay team also a school record with a time of 45.24 seconds. Sophomore Catherine Betz won the javelin throw with a mark of 145 feet, five inches (44.32 meters).