June 21, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane freshman Nicolette Taku and 2007 Green Wave All-American sprinter Gloria Asumnu will compete at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 20-24 at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind.
Taku, a Baton Rouge native, is competing in the triple jump in the 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships for a place in the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
Asumnu, a two-time Outdoor Track and Field All-American in 2007 and native of Houston, will run in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She is competing for a spot on the national team for the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan and the 2007 NACAC Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Taku qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Mideast Regional in the Triple Jump as a freshman in 2007. She also placed fifth at the Conference USA Championships in the Triple Jump. She qualified for the regional meet and set a personal record at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational with a jump of 12.34 meters.
Asumnu was named an Outdoor All-American June 11 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, after earning All-America honors in the Indoor 60-meter dash. In the Outdoor season, Asumnu set school records in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash and was part of school-record-setting 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams. She also won the C-USA Championship and the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in the 100-meter dash, and ran in the finals of the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Championships.