May 30, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Nathan Junius (New Orleans, La.) matched Tulane University's best ever performance at the NCAA Championships by finishing third in the javelin at the 2001 Outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon Wednesday evening.
Junius had a throw of 233-11 to finish behind Oregon sophomore John Stiegeler (252-10) and UTEP junior Vesa Jappinen (239-07).
The New Orleans native joins current teammate Solomon Kandie (Nairobi, Kenya) and former Green Wave star Hanne Lyngstad with third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. Kandie took third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last year's outdoor championships, while Lyngstad earned third place in the 1,500-meter run at the 1999 Outdoor Championships.
Junius finished 10th last year at the championships.
Sophomore Nadja Petersen (Stockholm, Sweden), competing in the 400-meter hurdles, was eliminated in the preliminary round Wednesday. Her time of 58.54 was placed her ninth of 21 competitors. Only the top eight advanced to the finals.
Kandie will be in action Thursday as he tries to improve on his All-America performance from last year in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The race starts at 9:15 p.m. (CST).
Sophomore Marie Ahlander (Arsta, Sweden), 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, junior Catherine Betz (Metairie, La.), will make her first appearance at the National Championships, throwing the javelin at 8 p.m.
Senior Noel Comrie (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) will close out the NCAA Championships for the Wave. He competes in the triple jump at 6 p.m. Saturday.