Women's Track Wins 1999 C-USA Championship



May 15, 1999

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Tulane women's track and field team used its superior depth in winning the team championship at the 1999 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis. The Green Wave swept both the indoor and outdoor team titles this season.

The Green Wave captured five event titles to clinch the team championship by a single point over runner-up South Florida, 151-150. Houston finished third with 139 points, Southern Miss placed fourth at 82 and host Marquette rounded out the top five with 73 points.

Junior Lana Garner set a Conference USA record in winning the women's 400-meter dash. Her time of 53.34 seconds was more than a second faster than the nearest competitor and was also an NCAA provisionally qualifying mark.

Junior Charlotte Plummer also set a league record and posted an NCAA provisionally qualifying mark in winning the women's 400-meter hurdles. Plummer's time of 58.61 nipped UAB's Nakeshia Jackson by 17 one-hundredths of a second.

Senior Alison Lambert led a Green Wave sweep in the women's 800 meters, as the Walnut Creek, Calif., native won the event in a time of 2:10.40, while freshman Katrina Gemmell finished second in a time of 2:11.00. It was Lambert's third career C-USA event title. Gemmell was named the women's Freshman of the Year by the league for her efforts during the event.

Junior Hanne Lyngstad earned her second individual event title of the Championships by winning the women's 1,500-meter run. Lyngstad's time of 4:25.58 topped a field of 12. Gemmell also finished second in this event as well, posting a time of 4:26.44.

Tulane's final event title of the day came in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of Garner, Plummer, Angela Milner and Quasheba Lee won the event with a time of 3:37.80.

Head coach Ron Bazil was named C-USA women's Coach of the Year in leading the Green Wave women to its first-ever outdoor track conference championship.

On the men's side, the Green Wave earned two more individual titles, as Edrige Darling and Amos Kipyegon earned wins in Saturday's finals. As a team, Tulane finished seventh with 63 points.

Darling, a junior from Kingston, Janaica, won the men's 400-meter hurdles in a time of 50.39 seconds. Darling's time was an NCAA provisional qualifier and topped the field by nearly half a second.

Kipyegon, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, won the men's 5,000 meters in a time of 14:09.30, which was also an NCAA provisionally qualifying mark. Kipyegon won the 5,000 meters for the second consecutive season and closes his C-USA career with three outdoor titles to his credit.

All told, Tulane student-athletes captured 10 individual event titles at the three-day event.