June 26, 2000
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane track and field team member Solomon Kandie capped his All-American season by earning Louisiana men's Newcomer of the Year honors in voting released Monday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Kandie, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, equaled the school's best-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a third-place finish in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The effort landed him All-America honors for the first time in his career and added to an already impressive list of accomplishments in 2000.
The sophomore earned Conference USA Athlete-of-the-Year honors after winning the steeplechase and 1,500 meters and finishing second in the 5,000 to claim high-point scorer honors at the conference meet. Kandie also set the school record in the school record in the steeplechase with a personal-best time of 8:40.81.
Kandie led another banner year for Green Wave track and field, as he was one of 16 Tulane student-athletes selected to the 2000 All-Louisiana Collegiate Track and Field team. He earned all-Louisiana designation in the steeplechase, 1,500 and 5,000 meters.
Other Tulane men's honorees included Clement Abai (800), Jacob Busienei (steeplechase, 5,000), Edrige Darling (400 hurdles, 4x400 relay), Carlton Davis (4x400 relay), Alberto Francis (4x400 relay), Nathan Junius (javelin), and Justin Robinson (4x400 relay).
Tulane women's honorees included Nikelola Balogun (4x400 relay), Catherine Betz (javelin), Lana Garner (800, 400 hurdles, 4x400 relay), Quasheba Lee (4x400 relay), Hanne Lyngstad (800, 1,500, 3,000), Angela Milner (4x400 relay), Cecilie Rise (triple jump), and Hanna Ritakallio (1,500).
The Tulane men's and women's outdoor track teams combined to win nine individual Conference USA titles and send five student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Additionally, 22 team members earned all-confernece accolades.