Lyngstad Posts NCAA Automatic Qualifier in 1,500 Meters



April 22, 2000

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Tulane track and field team set two school records and posted an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday at the Jace Lacoste Invitational.

Senior Hanne Lyngstad qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third consecutive season by winning the women's 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:17.85. The time was an NCAA automatic qualifier and the second-fastest time in Tulane school history.

Junior Nathan Junius broke a 61-year-old school record in winning the men's discus. Junius recorded a mark of 160 feet (48.76 meters) to break the former record by one inch. Millard White originally set the record of 159 feet, 11 inches back in 1939.

Junior Rebecca Murphy also set a school record in winning the women's 200 meters. Murphy posted a time of 23.82 seconds, which topped the record she set in this event last year.

Also performing well for the Green Wave men was field performer Renzi Sandras, who won two events and set personal bests in three. Sandras won the shot put with a mark of 48 feet, 10 inches, won the javelin with a mark of 184 feet, two inches, and finished third in the discus with a mark of 138 feet. All three marks were personal bests for the freshman from Cutoff, La.

Senior Justin Robinson also posted a season best in winning the men's 400 meters with a time of 47.74. The Wave also swept the hurdle events and both relays, including a season-best time of 40.92 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay.

Other Green Wave women of note included Catherine Betz, who won the javelin with a mark of 157 feet, 8 inches and Brittany Hurst, who won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 4 inches.

The Tulane track and field team will next be in action on April 27-29 at the Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, Pa.