Sept. 26, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's and women's cross country teams head west on I-10 for Saturday's LSU Tiger Festival on Saturday morning. The collegiate competition begins at 8 a.m. with the women's 6K race. The men follow at 10 a.m. with an 8K race at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge.
Tulane is one of eight Louisiana teams competing, including Louisiana Tech, Loyola, McNeese State, Southern, Southern-New Orleans, UL-Lafayette and host LSU. Houston and Jackson State will round out the field.
The Green Wave women enter their second meet of the season after a strong showing two weeks ago in the Brooks Memphis Twilight. Tulane placed sixth of 36 teams, with Rebecca Coady leading Tulane in 15th place. Senior Aubrey Phillips will look to lead the Wave at LSU, as she came in nine seconds back of Coady at Memphis.
At Memphis, it was a pair of freshmen coming in third and fourth for the Green Wave making the difference.
"The freshmen looked great," head coach Heather Van Norman said. "Johanna Gretschel was very solid in the first meet. And Julia Whitrock, who's a red-shirt freshman, was strong and should only get better. I'm really proud of our freshman for the way they stepped up."
Whitrock placed 20th in Memphis, with a time of 19:21, while Gretshel was the fourth Wave runner, coming in 47th with a time of 20:02.
The Tulane men, reestablishing the program in the first meet since 2004, came in 22nd, led by freshman Jordon Holtzman with a time of 29:23. Sophomore Kyle Esteves was the second Greenie across the line with a 29:36 time.
"We have a very young team, except for our two seniors, Eric Sweeney and Tim Cullen. And every one is in their first year running for us," Van Norman continued. "At this stage, we're looking for improvement. Our goal is to go out there, continually improve and keep setting personal bests."