May 29, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - While Tulane University prepares to host the much-publicized NCAA Super Regional Baseball Tournament at Zephyr Field, the Green Wave will also be sending six members of its track and field teams to Eugene, Ore., for the 2001 Outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships.
For the Wave women, junior Catherine Betz (Metairie, La.) and sophomores Nadja Petersen (Stockholm, Sweden) and Marie Ahlander (Arsta, Sweden) will compete for national titles. For the men, it will be senior Noel Comrie (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) and juniors Nathan Junius (New Orleans, La.) and Solomon Kandie (Nairobi, Kenya) in action.
Petersen will be the first Green Wave competitor looking for a title. An All-American in the 400-meter dash during the indoor season, Petersen changes things a bit, by competing in the 400-meter hurdles at 7:25 p.m. (CST) Wednesday. An All-America selection last year, Junius, a New Orleans native, will compete in the javelin throw at 8 p.m. (CST) Wednesday.
Thursday will see All-American Kandie in action. The junior expects to compete for the national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:15 p.m. (CST). He finished third in the event last year.
Ahlander, a triple jump All-American during the indoor season, looks to match her performance on the outdoor track Friday. She jumps at 7:45 p.m. (CST). Following that, Tulane's second javelin star, Betz, will make her first appearance at the National Championships, throwing the javelin at 8 p.m.
Comrie will close out the NCAA Championships for the Wave. He competes in the triple jump at 6 p.m. Saturday.