Track Continues Strong Showing at C-USA Championships



May 15, 1999

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Tulane track and field team continues to post a strong showing at the 1999 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by capturing two more individual event titles and sending a 17 runners to Saturday's finals.

Junior Hanne Lyngstad highlighted an outstanding day for the Green Wave by winning one event and qualifying for the finals in another. Lyngstad won the women's 3,000 meters for the second year in a row with a time of 9:44.15. Teammate Alison Lambert finished fourth in the event with a time of 9:54.76. In addition to the win, Lyngstad also ran the fastest qualifying time of the day in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:35.29. Lyngstad is one of 12 Tulane women to advance to Saturday's finals.

Junior Jacob Busienei captured Tulane's fourth individual event championship of the meet by winning the 3,000-meter steelpechase in a time of 9:02.72. The Eldoret, Kenya, native was the conference's fastest steeplechase runner this season and topped the field of 11 by almost five seconds. He earned all-Conference USA honors for his efforts.

Senior Nadia Smith finished second in the women's long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 9 inches, while sophomore Noel Comrie finished fourth in the men's long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 10 inches.

Three other Green Wave women also posted the fastest qualifying times in their respective events. Charlotte Plummer set a Conference USA Championship record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.08, while Lana Garner set a Shimek Track Stadium record in the 400-meter qualifying at 54.80. In addition, Hanna Ritakallio posted a 2:13.08 to qualify for the 800-meter finals.

A handful of Green Wave men also advanced to Saturday's finals with solid efforts in preliminary heets. Junior Edrige Darling, the reigning C-USA Athlete of the Week, set a Shimek Track record in advancing to the finals of the men's 400-meter hurdles in a time of 52.71. Delando Davis and Tim Carter advanced to the 110-meter hurdle finals by posting times of 14.33 and 14.50 respectively. Carlton Davis earned a trip to the finals in the 400 meters by registering a time of 48.77, while Alex Lakhanpal's 22.07 qualified him for the finals in the 200 meters.

Through two days of competition, the Tulane women have 32 points, while the men have totaled 24 points.

The 1999 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue through Saturday. The event is being hosted by Marquette University.