Eva Lustigova wins the 2003 Tulane Invitational on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ned Dishman)
Sept. 5, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University swept its own cross country invitational on Friday afternoon at Lake Oaks Park as the Green Wave women tallied 19 points and the men had 26 points to lead the eight-team field.
The Green Wave women, who have now won the Tulane Invitational three straight years, were led by senior Eva Lustigova (Liberec, Czech Republic), who won the two-mile race with a time of 11:38.31. Lustigova had also won the event in 2001. On the men's side the Wave were led by junior Philip Aagaard (Linkoping, Sweden), who placed second among collegiate runners with a time of 15:49.35. The individual collegiate title went to Carlos Arrizon of Louisiana Tech, who covered the course in 15:44.93.
The overall men's winner was former Green Wave standout Solomon Kandie, who blazed to an impressive time of 15:03.03. The Nairobi, Kenya, speedster also won the race as an unattached individual in 2002 and as a Green Wave senior in 2001.
"I was very pleased with our performances," Green Wave head coach Heather Van Norman said. "Everybody has trained very hard the past couple of weeks. It is a good building block for this year's success."
Following the Green Wave in the team standings were Southern Miss (38 points), LSU (100 points), UL-Lafayette (115 points) and Southeastern La. (116 points). Nicholls State (190), Xavier (199) and Loyola (200) rounded out the women's field.
After Tulane's first place effort in the men's race, LSU earned second with 57 points, followed by Louisiana Tech's 74 points. Southeastern (105 points), UL-Lafayette (123) and Xavier (136) rounded out the field.
Tulane swept the top three positions in the women's race as Lustigova was followed by freshman Bessie Hatch (Ojai, Calif.) and sophomore Lisa Green (Marietta, Ga.). Hatch had an impressive collegiate debut, clocking a time of 11:51.08 in the race. Green posted a time of 12:04.60. Junior Mandy Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Erin Colligan (Plymouth, Mass.) rounded out the scorers for the Wave with fifth and eighth-place efforts.
"Eva is healthy and trained a lot this summer and she was ready to go," Van Norman said. "Bessie also had a great race and we think that will be a sign of good things to come from her."
In addition to Aagaard's strong race for the Wave men, freshman Kevin Martes (South Easton, Mass.) debuted with a fourth-place effort and a time of 15:53.26. Senior Ryan Gallagher (New Orleans, La.) took seventh place for the Wave while freshman Tyler Chapman (Flowermound, Texas) and senior Luke Hooper (Norman, Okla.) rounded out the Tulane scorers in seventh and 11th place.
"For our men the veterans and the newcomers pushed each other and we had excellent results," Van Norman said. "Coach Corn's experience with cross country has helped us a lot already this year."
Assistant coach Mike Corn, who specializes in distance events, joined the Green Wave in August after 16 years coaching at the high school level.
Tulane returns to action next Friday, Sept. 12, at the Southern Miss Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Tulane Invitational, September 5, 2003
1. Eva Lustigova: 11:38.31
2. Bessie Hatch: 11:51.08
3. Lisa Green: 12:04.60
5. Mandy Hopper: 12:21.31
8. Erin Colligan: 12:29.48
14. Carlyne Pradieu: 12:43.92
19. Eva Gordon: 12:58.74
24. Sheena Garwood: 13:07.54
34. Sarah Szczerbicki: 13:21.79
45. Lauren Swenson: 13:58.45
57. Allicia Ryan: 14:39.19
59. Katherine Tek: 14:41.58
60. Tahira Wiggins: 14:43.68
62. Camilla Hatlen: 14:48.75
72. Lauren Loe: 16:04.62
74. Lissie Mo: 16:18.11
76. Angel Dooley: 17:47.33
78. Lindsey Karlik: 18:16.66
80. Gloria Asumnu: 19:10.39
81. Marilyn Sauls: 19:34.99
82. Jillian Green: 19:54.32
84. Brianne Darragh: 20:43.56
85. Christina Tegbe: 22:50.00