May 9, 2001
TAMPA, Fla. - Tulane University travels to the University of South Florida this weekend to compete for the 2001 Conference USA Outdoor Track Championships. The action begins on Thursday and will wrap up on Saturday evening with an awards ceremony at approximately 8:25 p.m. (CST).
Both the Green Wave men's and women's teams earned second-place finishes in last year's championships, which were held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. The women won the outdoor championship in 1999.
A veteran group leads the Tulane men into the championship, while the women will rely heavily on a talented group of newcomers, as well as seasoned veterans.
The men will look to All-American juniors Solomon Kandie (Nairobi, Kenya) and Nathan Junius (New Orleans, La.). Kandie, the Athlete of the Year from last year's championship, is scheduled to compete in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase (Friday, 8:35 p.m.), the 1,500 Meter Run (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.), and the 5,000 Meter Run (Saturday, 7:15 p.m.). He won the Steeplechase and the 1,500 last year, while taking second in the 5,000. Junius, meanwhile, looks to win the Javelin Throw (Saturday, 1 p.m.) for the third consecutive year. Both Kandie and Junius earned All-America honors at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships - Kandie in the Steeplechase and Junius in the javelin.
In addition, juniors Clement Abai (Port Moresby, New Guinea) and Delando Davis (New Orleans, La.) are being counted on for strong showings. Abai has the top 800-meter (Trials: Friday, 7:25 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:25 p.m.) time in the league this year, while Davis could contend for the title in the 110-meter hurdles (Trials: Friday, 6:15 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 5:50 p.m.). Senior Noel Comrie (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) will be one of the top contenders in the Long Jump (Friday, 5:00 p.m.) and the Triple Jump (Saturday, 5:00 p.m.).
For the Tulane women, sophomore newcomers Nadja Petersen (Stockholm, Sweden) and Marie Ahlander (Arsta, Sweden) are expected to turn in standout performances. Both joined the Green Wave for the Indoor season and went on to earn All-America distinctions. Petersen is slated to run in the 400 Meter Dash (Trials: Friday, 6:30 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Saturday) and the 400 Meter Hurdles (Trials: Friday, 7:40 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:40 p.m.), as well as in the relays. Ahlander will look for titles in the Long Jump (Friday, 3 p.m.) and the Triple Jump (Saturday, 3 p.m.).
Junior Catherine Betz (Metairie, La.) won the Javelin Throw (Friday, 1 p.m.) in 1998 and looks to return to her league-leading form this year. Senior Nikelola Balogun (Los Angeles, Calif.) is the top-seeded runner in the 400-Meter Dash (Trials: Friday, 6:30 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Saturday) and will also compete in the 200-Meter Dash (Trials: Friday, 8:00 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:45 p.m.), as well as with the relay teams.
Senior Angela Milner (Modesto, Calif.) will be another key runner for the Wave in the relays. She is also the top-seeded runner in the 800-Meter Run (Trials: Friday, 7:10 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:20 p.m.). Juniors Asha James (Pickering, Ontario) and Katrina Gemmell (Palmerston North, New Zealand) will also look to score key points for the Wave. James will run in the relays and the 100-Meter Dash (Trials: Friday, 6:50 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:10 p.m.) and the 200-Meter Dash (Trials: Friday, 8:00 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:45 p.m.). Gemmell, this year's Indoor C-USA Champion in the mile, is scheduled to run in the 800-Meter Run (Trials: Friday, 7:10 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 6:20 p.m.) and the 1,500-Meter Run (Trials: Friday, 5:30 p.m., Finals: Saturday, 5:20 p.m.).
Following the C-USA Championships, qualifiers will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 30.