Tulane Outdoor Track & Field wraps West Coast trip with Kibet’s school record in 400m dash

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TORRANCE, Calif. – Tulane’s outdoor track & field squad capped a weekend with four school records on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays, putting an end to this year’s California road trip on a career best from freshman Raymond Kibet in the 400m. On the weekend, the Green Wave also posted records in the women’s shot put, women’s hammer throw and women’s javelin on seven career bests and a dozen top-five finishes.

“From a big-picture perspective, I am very pleased with the progress that our team made this weekend. We broke four school records and finished today off with Kibet breaking a long-standing Tulane record. I’m really happy for him and pleased about what it may mean for our team’s ability to perform in the postseason. We also saw some really positive things from Alyssa Applebee who competed very well in an elite field. I feel great about the high-level performances that our leading athletes produced this weekend.”

–Director of track & field Eric Peterson

After flirting with Tulane’s top sprint times throughout the first month of the outdoor season, freshman Raymond Kibet broke the fourth school record of the weekend on a quick time of 45.67 in the 400m dash. Running in the second heat, Kibet finished third overall in the event to reinforce his spot at the top of the conference standings. His sub-46 second time ranks him in the top ten in the nation and broke a Tulane record set in 1965.

Redshirt senior Alyssa Applebee cleared over four meters in the pole vault for the fifth time this outdoor season, posting her second-highest mark of the year on a jump of 4.20m (13-9.25). Coming within two centimeters of her school record, Applebee landed in fourth place in the invitation-only section of the event that opened at a height of 4.05m and featured some of the country’s best jumpers.

Both Kibet and Applebee now rank near the top of their respective qualifying lists for the NCAA East Regional, which will take place May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Tulane will remain in-state next weekend for the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 22.

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