Five Track Team Members Qualify for NCAA Championships



May 26, 2000

NEW ORLEANS - Five Tulane track and field team members have qualified for the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held June 2-6 in Raleigh, N.C.

Leading the way for the Green Wave is senior Hanne Lyngstad. The native of Elverum, Norway, will compete in the women's 1,500-meter run. Lyngstad currently ranks eighth nationally in the event with a qualifying time of 4:17.85. It is her third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She earned All-America honors last season with a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters.

Also making a return trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships is Edrige Darling. The Kingston, Jamaica, native will compete in the men's 400-meter hurdles. He currently ranks 14th nationally in this event with a qualifying time of 50.37 seconds. Darling finished 17th in this event at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Junior Nathan Junius is one of three first-time qualifiers to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. A native of New Orleans, Junius will compete in the men's javelin. The two-time defending Conference USA champion in the javelin, he currently ranks third nationally in the event with a mark of 240 feet, 4 inches (73.26 meters). That mark is a school and C-USA record.

Sophomore Solomon Kandie qualified for the Championships in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Kandie is the reigning C-USA champion in the steeplechase and the 1,500 meters. He currently ranks 11th nationally in the steeplechase with a qualifying time of 8:40.81.

Junior Cecilie Rise makes her first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the women's triple jump. The Sandane, Norway, native is an all-conference performer in the event and the school record holder. She ranks 19th nationally with a qualifying mark of 42 feet, 10 ? inches (13.06 meters). Rise qualified for both the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump as well.

Junius, Kandie and Lyngstad were automatic qualifiers, while Darling and Rise earned NCAA berths Thursday based on their provisional qualifying marks.