LAFAYETTE, La. – Tulane’s outdoor track & field squad notched ten additional personal bests and nine top-three finishes on Saturday afternoon in the final day of the Louisiana Classics hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility. The Green Wave wrapped up the second meet of the young season with eighteen total personal bests, landing fifteen student-athletes on the podium on the weekend.
“Given the fact that this is only our second meet of the outdoor season, I’m very encouraged by the individual victories that we experienced here at this meet. We’ve also had a lot of personal records and other strong, early-season performances that are an indication that we have a lot to look forward to with this team. It’s still early, but we have a lot of young athletes that are gaining some valuable experience, and our senior athletes are doing a great job of leading this team.”
–Director of Track & Field Eric Peterson
HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY TWO OF THE LOUISIANA CLASSICS
For the second straight day, the Green Wave would put on a handful of solid performances in the field events, with freshman Ryan Singer opening on a personal best in the discus on a mark of 42.64m. Taylor Potts would follow in the shot put, posting her second event title of the young season on a mark of 15.33m. On the men’s side, Anthony Taylor notched a season-high mark of 15.01m in the shot.
Caleb Bertrand then took second in the pole vault following a tie-breaking jump off, as the senior jumped for his highest mark this season on a height of 4.86m.
On the track, Tulane posted an additional nine personal bests from freshmen and upperclassmen alike. Distance runners Mikayla Sonneborn and Mckenzie Melius were the first to compete in running events, finishing 1-2 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Tulane would also fare well in the men’s and women’s 1,500m races, with Lauren Bartels and Emma Newton placing 2-3 and Moses Aloiloi sealing a third-place finish. With her podium finish, Bartels would run a career-best in the race.
In their first hurdle event of the outdoor season, Jessica Duckett and Brandi Hughes would finish the 100m hurdles in third and fifth, respectively, with Hughes notching a personal best as Duckett finished just two tenths of a second away from a school record.
Other personal bests came from freshmen Maya Harewood and Madison Brown in the 400m dash, junior Jennifer LaMori in the women’s 1,500m, redshirt freshman Pierce Hill in the men’s 1,500m and seniors Mac Bartkus and Kade Kistner in the 400m and 800m, respectively.
Tulane will head further west next weekend as the Green Wave travel to Houston for Rice’s Victor Lopez Invitational, another two-day meet that will take place Friday, March 24 through Saturday, March 25. Tulane will also send a handful of male runners to the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina.
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Tulane Results from Day Two of the Louisiana Classics
Women’s 400m Dash
7. Maya Harewood, 55.78*
26. Kyra Ness-Lanckriet, 1:00.52
34. Madison Brown, 1:04.64*
Women’s 800m Run
2. Jessica Adamson, 2:10.23
6. Paige Fatland, 2:20.45*
12. Emily-Kathryn Hoey, 2:28.91
2. Lauren Bartels, 4:41.40*
3. Emma Newton, 4:47.02
4. Jennifer LaMori, 4:49.01*
9. Aislinn Roberts, 5:08.49*
10. Mary Catherine Stovall, 5:09.59
13. Madeline Held, 5:14.35
14. Evelyn Bentch, 5:22.03*
19. Celeste White, 5:36.01
20. Erika Chelales, 5:38.62
21. Katharine Smiley, 5:39.37
Women’s 100m Hurdles
3. Jessica Duckett, 13.63
5. Brandi Hughes, 14.43*
Women’s 400m Hurdles
8. Dominique Hever, 1:07.67
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase
1. Mckenzie Melius, 11:14.37
2. Mikayla Sonneborn, 11:21.86
— Taylor Potts, Foul
Women’s Shot Put
1. Taylor Potts, 15.33m (50-3.50)
Men’s 400m Dash
27. Mac Bartkus, 58.14*
Men’s 800m Run
25. Kade Kistner, 2:05.51*
3. Moses Aloiloi, 4:07.63
8. Joshua Cheruyot, 4:13.58
23. Pierce Hill, 4:33.72*
Men’s 400m Hurdles
7. Antonius Prader, 56.61
9. Ryan Singer, 42.64m (139-11)*
— Thomas Morris, Foul
— Anthony Taylor, Foul
Men’s Pole Vault
2. Caleb Bertrand, 4.86m (15-11.25)
Men’s Shot Put
5. Anthony Taylor, 15.01m (49-3.00)