Junius Places 10th in Javelin at NCAA Track Championships



June 2, 2000

DURHAM, N.C. - Tulane track and field team member Nathan Junius finished 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday in Durham, N.C.

Junius, a junior from New Orleans, finished 10th in the men's javelin throw with a mark of 218 feet (66.44 meters). Arizona's Esko Mikkola won the event with a throw of 238 feet, three inches. It was the first-ever appearance for Junius at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He is the two-time defending Conference USA champion in this event and was ranked third nationally prior to the championship meet.

Two other Tulane track team members advanced to the finals in their respective events with strong preliminary efforts late Thursday night. Senior Hanne Lyngstad advanced to Saturday's final in the women's 1,500 meters by running the second-fastest time in the preliminary heats. Lyngstad posted a time of 4:19.34 in heat No. 1 to advance to the final. Only Villanova's Carmen Douma ran faster, posting a time of 4:19.26.

Joining Lyngstad with a berth in the finals is sophomore Solomon Kandie. Kandie advanced to the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals with a preliminary time of 8:48.44. The reigning C-USA champion in this event has assured himself of All-America honors.

Also competing for the Green Wave at the championships is senior Edrige Darling. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Darling finished second in heat No. 2 of the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.52 seconds. He did not advance to the finals.

The 2000 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships are being held at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. The event is hosted by Duke University and runs through Saturday.