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TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Freshman Estefany Cruz Was Named Louisiana Freshman of the Year by the States Sports Writers
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Freshman Estefany Cruz Was Named Louisiana Freshman of the Year by the States Sports Writers
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July 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - When the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced their 2012 All-Louisiana Track and Field squads, seven Green Wave student-athletes found their names among the state's best in their respective event. Estefany Cruz earned the only specialty award when she was selected as the Co-Freshman of the Year for her performance in the triple jump during the outdoor season.

The women's team grabbed five individual selections to the All-Louisiana squad and the men's team placed a pair of student-athletes on the team. Ana Ruzevic (Javelin) was the lone Green Wave performer to earn First Team All-State accolades, while Katherine Crabtree (5000 Meter) and Geoffery Zelek (10000 Meter) each earned Second Team All-State honors. Cruz (Triple Jump), Zandria Debowles (400 Hurdles), Melanie Mainor (High Jump) and Garrett Myer all earned a Third Team All-State nod.

Cruz had an outstanding rookie campaign for the Green Wave as she earned a spot at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. Her outdoor-best of 12.83 was the third best jump in school history and earned her Third Team All-State honors and her overall stellar season was good enough to bring home the Freshman of the Year award from the LSWA. The Guatemala City native became just the third women in Tulane history to clear the 13-meter mark when she landed a 13.03-meter leap at the Conference USA Indoor Championships. The rookie earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors during the indoor and outdoor campaigns, as well.

Ruzevic claimed First Team All-State laurels for the third straight season in the javelin and grabbed Second Team All-America honors in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University. The Split, Croatia native narrowly missed breaking her own school record in the event when she posted her season best toss of 51.32-meters at the LSU Relays. That toss won the event and set the meet record in her second meet of the season. She defended her Conference USA crown in the event and finished the season 11th nationally in the event. Ruzevic was able to win four of her eight competitions in 2012 and posted six top-five finishes on the season.

 

 

A pair of distance runners grabbed Second Team All-Louisiana honors, with Crabtree claiming the accolade in the 5000 meter and Zelek in the 10000 meter. Crabtree earned her first nod to the all-state squad by setting her career-best time at the 5000-meter distance at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships. The junior covered the distance in 18:04.79 and ran under 18:15.00 three times during the season. Zelek competed in all three distance races during the 2012 season and was the first runner to compete in the 10000 meter since the program was brought back in 2008. His time of 35:25.29 was the second best mark in the state and came at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships.

Myer capped his career with a selection to the All-Louisiana Third Team in the decathlon as he set the school record in the event at the Conference USA Championships. The senior posted a score of 5,615 points at the conference summit to move his personal best up by nearly 500 points. He set personal bests in three events and scored team points at the C-USA Championship for the third straight season.

DeBowles makes an appearance on the All-Louisiana squad for the second straight season in the 400-meter hurdles and Mainor earns her first selection among the state's best. DeBowles qualified for the NCAA East Regional for the second consecutive year and posted a season-best time of 59.38 in her specialty event. The senior earned third team honors this season after being a second team pick last year. Mainor owned the team's top high jump mark and set a career-best mark of 1.70-meters to move her into a tie for fourth on the all-time charts at Tulane. The sophomore cleared 1.60-meters in four of her five meets and jumped 1.65-meters twice during the year.

The LSWA team is based on a list of the top three times or distances in outdoor events, which serves as the All-Louisiana team in each event, with the specialty awards voted on by the states sports writers and sports information directors.

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2012 LSWA All-Louisiana Track and Field
Men's Team Women's Team
Men's Special Honors
Track Athlete of the Year - Barrett Nugent, LSU
Field Athlete of the Year - Damar Forbes, LSU
Freshman of the Year - Aaron Ernst, LSU
Newcomer of the Year - Jeff Milliron, Southeastern La.
Coach of the Year - Dennis Shaver, LSU

100 Meters
Aaron Ernest, Fr. - LSU
Keyth Talley, Sr. - LSU
Barrett Nugent, Sr. - LSU
Rynell Parson, So. - LSU

200 Meters
Aaron Ernest, Fr. - LSU
Kendal Taylor, Jr. - Northwestern State
Akeem Williams, Jr. - Grambling

400 Meters
Caleb Williams, Jr. - LSU
Riker Hylton, Sr. - LSU
Robert Simmons, Sr. - LSU

800 Meters
Howard Shepard, Jr. - LSU
James Thurn, Sr. - LSU
Darwin Price, Sr. - Grambling

1500 Meters
Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Jr. - McNeese State
David Rooney, Jr. - McNeese State
Cullen Doody, Jr. - LSU

5000 Meters
David Rooney, Jr. - McNeese State
Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Jr. - McNeese State
Jonathan Koenck, Sr. - McNeese State

10000 Meters
Daniel Mutai, Jr. - UL-Monroe
Geoffery Zelek, Fr. - Tulane

110 Hurdles
Barrett Nugent, Sr. - LSU
Kendall Hayes, So. - Louisiana Tech
Sylvester Daisder, So. - Grambling

400 Hurdles
Yusuf Muhammad, So. - Louisiana Tech
James Thurn, Sr. - LSU
Jamel Sams, Fr. - UL-Monroe

3000 Steeplechase
Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Jr. - McNeese State
Daniel Mutai, Jr. - UL-Monroe
Jonathon Koenck, Sr. - McNeese State

4x100 Relay
LSU
Northwestern State
Louisiana Tech

4x400 Relay
LSU
UL-Monroe
Grambling

High Jump
Clint Broussard, Jr. - UL-Monroe
Sander Maes, Fr. - UL-Lafayette
William LeBlanc, Fr. - LSU

Pole Vault
Chris Roy, Sr. - UL-Lafayette
Andreas Duplantis, Fr. - LSU
Kovey Simmons, Sr. - Southeastern La.

Long Jump
Damar Forbes, Jr. - LSU
Kyron Blaise, Sr. - LSU
Joshua Sigler, Fr. - UL-Lafayette

Triple Jump
Kryon Blaise, Sr. - LSU
Kenneth Bellard, Sr. - UL-Lafayette
O'Dayton Thibeaux, Jr. - UL-Lafayette

Hammer
Michael Lauro, Sr. - LSU
Jared Crafton, Jr. - McNeese State
Jeremy Tuttle, Fr. - LSU

Javelin
Ben Chretien, Jr. - McNeese State
Richard McKay, Sr. - UL-Monroe
Aaron Moore, Sr. - LSU

Shot Put
Albert Forrette, Jr. - UL-Lafayette
Thomas Canchola, Jr. - McNeese State
Derek Dark, Sr. - UL-Monroe

Discus
Rodney  Brown, Fr. - LSU
Jeff Milliron, So. - Southeastern La.
Jonathan Kinchen, Fr. - Southeastern La.

Decathlon
Westmoreland Gonzales, So. - UL-Lafayette
Sander Maes, Fr. - UL-Lafayette
Garrett, Myer, Sr. - Tulane

Women's Special Honors
Track Athlete of the Year - Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Field Athlete of the Year - Chelsea Hayes, Louisiana Tech
Co-Freshman of the Year - Estefany Cruz, Tulane
and Ashley Aldredge, Northwestern State
Coach of the Year - Dennis Shaver, LSU

100 Meters
Kimberly Duncan, Jr./LSU
Chelsea Hayes, Sr./Louisiana Tech
Semoy Hackett, Sr./LSU

200 Meters
Kimberlyn Duncan, Jr./LSU
Semoy Hackett, Sr./LSU
Chelsea Hayes, Sr./Louisiana Tech

400 Meters
Rebecca Alexander, Sr./LSU
Jonique Day, Sr./LSU
Siedda Herbert, Jr./LSU

800 Meters
Charlene Lipsey, Jr./LSU
Samantha Levin, Fr./LSU
Laura Carleton, Jr./LSU

1500 Meters
Charlene Lipsey, Jr./LSU
Laura Carleton, Jr./LSU
Amy Talbot, So./McNeese State

5,000 Meters
Laura Carleton, Jr./LSU
Katherine Crabtree, Jr./Tulane
Fionnuala Ross, Jr./McNeese State

10,000 Meters
Fionnuala Ross, Jr./McNeese State

100 Hurdles
Jasmin Stowers, So./LSU
Shanekia Hall, Jr./LSU
Kim Francis, So./Louisiana Tech

400 Hurdles
Cassandra Tate, Sr./LSU
Cosuela Lindsay, So./Northwestern State
Zandria Debowles, Sr./Tulane

3000 Steeplechase
Amy Talbot, So./McNeese State
Kaithlyn Jeter, Fr./McNeese State
Mary Kate Hays, Fr./Louisiana Tech

4x100 Relay
LSU
Louisiana Tech
UL-Lafayette

4x400 Relay
LSU
Northwestern State
Louisiana Tech

High Jump
Lynnika Pitts, So./LSU
Danielle O'Donnell, Jr./UL-Monroe
Melanie Mainor, So./Tulane

Pole Vault
Rachel Laurent, Sr./LSU
Brittany Phantz, Jr./Southeastern La.
Ashley Pfantz, Fr./Southeastern La.

Long Jump
Chelsea Hayes, Sr./Louisiana Tech
Brittany Porter, Jr./LSU
Kenyattia Hackworth, Fr./Louisiana Tech

Triple Jump
Jasmine Manuel, Sr./UL-Lafayette
Michelle Ogashi, Sr./Southeastern La.
Estefany Cruz, Fr./Tulane

Shot Put
Tori Bliss, Fr./LSU
Micara Vassell, Jr./Louisiana Tech
Marcella LeBlanc, Jr./Louisiana Tech

Discus
Samia Stokes, Sr./LSU
Ashlee Smith, Jr./McNeese State
Brieanna Kennedy, Sr./LSU

Hammer
Brieanna Kennedy, Sr./LSU
Karen Henning, So./LSU
Denise Hinton, So./LSU

Javelin
Ana Ruzevic, Sr./Tulane
Ashley Aldredge, Fr./Northwestern State
Annie SImoneaux, So./LSU

Heptahlon
Alexandria Gochenour, Fr./LSU
Mariah Georgetown, So./McNeese State
Kayla Fontenot, Sr./McNeese State