Relays Key Tulane Efforts at Penn Relay Carnival



April 29, 2000

PHILADELPHIA -- The Tulane track and field relay teams continued its run of strong showings at the 106th edition of the Penn Relay Carnival by earning a berth in one final and posting a top-15 finish in another.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team advanced to the college finals by posting a time of 3:41.17 in the preliminary heats. The quartet of Quasheba Lee, Rebecca Murphy, Nikelola Balogun and Lana Garner will run in the event finals late Saturday evening.

The women's Distance Medley Relay team of Hanna Ritakallio, Lee, Garner, and Hanne Lyngstad finished 13th in the Championship of Americas final Saturday afternoon with a time of 11:25.10. The clocking was a season beat for the Green Wave. Tulane was the defending champion in this event at the Penn Relays.

On the men's side, Nathan Junius finished third in the javelin throw with a mark of 226 feet, six inches. It is the fourth-best mark in school history for Junius, the school record holder.

Delando Davis posted a time of 14.80 seconds in the preliminary heats of the men's 110-meter hurdles and did not advance to the finals. Davis' time was three-tenths of a second off his best effort this season.

The Tulane track and field team will be idle until May 11-13, when the team will host the 2000 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.