May 8, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - With one week left to prepare for the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in Houston, the Tulane track and field squad will send a limited number of student-athletes to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Seminole Twilight.
The Green Wave are coming off a solid weekend in which seven new personal bests were set at the Black and Gold Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss. Three of the competitors from last week who notched new top marks will compete again in their specialty event on Friday.
Many of the team's long distance runners and jumpers will not compete over the weekend, as Tulane is wrapping up their final exams. However, those who will compete on Friday night - mainly the sprinters and throwers - will use this meet as a way to continue their momentum heading into the Conference USA Outdoor Championships.
"This will be a final tune-up meet for us," said Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. "The Conference USA Outdoor Championships begin next week, and we are working through our final exam period, so we are balancing a few different things. We are trying to get all of our athletes to peak at this point in the season while also working through these finals, which is a challenge. We are serious about how well our athletes do academically, so some of our students will not compete this week because of finals. But the squad that will compete will use this meet as an opportunity to tune-up before the championship schedule. Our jumpers and most of our distance runners will stay behind and train outside of competition."
Freshman shot putter Taylor Potts recorded a toss of 14.88 meters (48-10) that moved her into second place in the league standings while also ranking her 37th on the NCAA East Regional Qualifying list at the Black and Gold Invitational. Her toss earned her the event title - her second of the season - and the mark was good for second place in Tulane outdoor school history. Senior Hilary Woods notched a second-place finish of 56.18 in the 400 meters at the Black and Gold Invitational, good for a new high mark for the veteran from New Orleans. On the men's side, freshman shot putter Eldrick Washington recorded the longest throw of his career at the Black and Gold Invitational, as the native of Harvey, La., posted a toss of 14.50 meters (47-7). All three will compete in the same event on Friday.
League frontrunner Daliadiz Ortiz will also make her return to the field as she will compete in the javelin on Friday after sitting out last week's competition. Ortiz owns C-USA's top throw of 49.28 meters (161-8) from the Stanford Invitational. That mark also ranks the native of Puerto Rico 15th on the NCAA East Qualifying list.
The men will put together 4 x 100 meter and 4 x 400 meter relay teams over the weekend, as they currently sit at seventh and tenth in the league standings, respectively.
Discus thrower Thomas Lynch will look to jump into the league standings, as he will head into the weekend sitting ninth in his event. The thrower from Washington, D.C., posted a fourth-place toss of 46.49 meters (153-2) last weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss. His best throw of the year came at the Stanford Invitational on April 4th when he recorded a toss of 48.44 meters (158-11).
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Tulane Entries for the Florida State Seminole Twilight
Women's 200m Dash
Women's 400m Dash
Women's 100m High Hurdles
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
Women's Shot Put
Women's Discus Throw
Women's Hammer Throw
Men's 400m Dash
Men's 800m Run
Men's 400m Intermediate Hurdles
Men's 4 x 100m Relay
Men's 4 x 400m Relay
Men's Shot Put
Men's Discus Throw