May 2, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's track and field program will return to action on Saturday after a weekend off as they will travel north on I-59 to the campus of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., for the Black and Gold Invitational.
Results for the meet will be made available on TulaneGreenWave.com at the conclusion of the competition.
The Green Wave spent last weekend helping with the sixth annual Tulane athletics 5K on the Uptown campus. Many of the middle and long distance runners got in on the action during the 3.1-mile trek in and around the Tulane campus. That event came on the heels of a double-duty weekend for the track and field team, as many of the student-athletes took part in the Southeastern Louisiana Invitational on Friday, April 18 before heading to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold the very next day.
With an open weekend in their schedule this week, the Green Wave jumped at the opportunity to get some of their athletes more work. However, some of the squad's members will not compete this weekend because of final exams at Tulane.
"We are trying to navigate through the Tulane University final exam schedule while also giving these kids an opportunity to compete and stay sharp moving towards the Conference USA Outdoor Championships," stated Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. "We are going to have some of our athletes competing this weekend at Southern Miss, we are going to have some of our athletes competing next weekend at the Florida State Seminole Twilight, and we are going to have some of our athletes competing in both. Right now, we are peaking and putting the finishing touches on everybody's ability to be as competitive as they can be for the conference championship."
Sophomores Jessica Adamson helped her stock at the LSU Alumni Gold, as she ran the second-best time in the league in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:11.30. Adamson, along with fellow top 800 meter runners Sara Kebede and Michelle Kreutzberg, will compete in the event again on Saturday.
Sophomore jumper Tamika Brazzel is scheduled to compete in both the long jump and the triple jump on Saturday. Brazzel is currently on the cusp of breaking into the top-eight in the C-USA rankings in the long jump, as she sits at ninth with a jump of 5.87 meters (19-3.25). However, the Oceanside, Calif., native owns the sixth-best triple jump in the league at 12.43 meters (40-9.5).
On the men's side, a slew individuals will look to continue to climb the league rankings, while the squad's 4 x 400 meter relay team will get back to work, as well.
Sophomore distance runner Jack White, who currently sits at third in the league rankings in the 3,000 meter run, will try to make up some ground in the 1,500 meter run. White posted a personal best time of 3:54.70 at the Alabama Relays in late March, and has competed in the event on six occasions this season.
Fellow sophomore Devon Breaux, who has only competed individually three times this year, will take to the long jump for the fourth time this season. Breaux leapt 7.27 meters (23-10.25) at the Stanford Invitational on April 4, placing fourth at the meet, and ranking sixth in the league.
Freshman Caleb Bertrand will pole vault on Saturday, and is coming off polar opposite results during his last two competitions. The Elton, La., native notched a personal best 4.95 meter (16-2.75) jump at the South Alabama Invitational on April 11 only to no height the following weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold. Bertrand's vault at South Alabama stands as the third-best leap in the conference this year.
Junior Thomas Lynch, the school record holder in the discus, will throw on Saturday, as he looks to move up from his eight-best mark in the event in the league. Lynch had a season-best toss of 48.44 meters (158-11) at the Stanford Invitational on April 4, placing fifth in that meet. The Washington, D.C., native has only placed outside the top-ten in a meet on two occasions this year.
Following the meet on Saturday, part of the Green Wave track and field squad will head out to Tallahassee, Fla., next weekend for the Seminole Twilight, one week before the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in Houston from May 15-18.
Tulane Entries for the Black and Gold Invitational
Women's 200m Dash
Women's 400m Dash
Women's 800m Run
Women's 1,500m Run
Women's 100m High Hurdles
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
Women's High Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Mary Carson Pitts
Women's Long Jump
Women's Triple Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's Discus Throw
Women's Hammer Throw
Men's 100m Dash
Men's 400m Dash
Men's 800m Run
Men's 1,500m Run
Men's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
Men's Pole Vault
Men's Long Jump
Men's Shot Put
Men's Discus Throw