HOUSTON – Tulane closed out the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships earning eight medals in six events on Sunday afternoon at the Carl Lewis International Complex, capping a historical weekend full of school records and personal bests in Houston. After three days of competition, Tulane posted ten podium-finishes and saw strong performances from athletes of all ages.
“I’m very excited about the accomplishments of our athletes today and throughout this championship. We had performances that are not only competitive at this meet, but also rank highly on Tulane’s all-time list. But I am also well aware of the fact that we are leaving far too many events uncontested, putting us in a position where we can’t afford to be off in events where we are strong. We had many high-level performances in this championship, and for that I’m very proud. We just need to continue to improve and cover more events in the future in order to be a more competitive team.”
–Director of track & field Eric Peterson
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
Jessica Duckett made history in more than one record book on Sunday afternoon, becoming the first woman ever to take gold in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the conference meet. After blowing away the competition in both prelims, Duckett opened up her third and final day in Houston with a school record in the 100m hurdles on her time of 13.37. Later in the afternoon, the sophomore would defend her 400m hurdles title from the previous year, sealing her second personal best of the day and a conference record on a time of 57.82.
With both golds around her neck, Duckett was named the Co-Woman’s Most Outstanding Track Performer alongside UConn’s Emily Durgin.
Tulane also saw immense success in the women’s pole vault, as three Green Wave athletes would climb atop the podium when the competition was all said and done. Alyssa Applebee claimed gold in the event on a jump of 4.24m, clearing a bar of 4.20m or higher for fourth time this year and claiming her fifth pole vault title in the outdoor season. Applebee was joined on the podium by fellow senior Mary Carson Pitts and sophomore Rebekah Markel, both posting marks of 4.04m in the conference meet to sweep the podium.
The Green Wave would also earn points on strong performances from two freshman, with Brandi Hughes placing sixth in the 400m hurdles on a personal-best time of 13.91 and Maya Harewood taking seventh in the 400m dash.
Though one place out of scoring position, junior Lauren Bartels would close out the individual events with a 14- second personal best in the 5,000m run.
In the women’s team competition, Tulane finished in eighth place on 66 points, leading Tulsa (38), USF (21) and Temple (6). Cincinnati took home the team title on 138 points, followed by UConn (107), East Carolina (104.5), UCF (99.5), SMU (96), Memphis (72) and host Houston (70).
ON THE MEN’S SIDE
Tulane added three more medals in the men’s competition, highlighted by a first-place finish in the 400m dash from freshman Raymond Kibet. For the second time this weekend, Kibet broke a meet record, again finishing almost a second ahead of the runner up in the race. His time of 45.84 added 10 points to the team score on Tulane’s first 400m title in nearly 20 years.
In just their second 4x100m relay of the 2017 season, Devin Glenn, Corey Dauphine, Antonius Prader and Kibet clinched the conference bronze, running the second-fastest time in school history in a quick 40.63.
Coming back from a gold-medal performance in the 3,000m steeplechase the night before, sophomore Emmanuel Rotich closed out his conference championships with a fourth-place finish in the men’s 1,500m on a time of 3:54.57 to score points in his second event of the weekend.
The Green Wave also saw two seniors close out their collegiate careers in style, with Caleb Bertrand recording a personal best and a bronze-medal finish in the pole vault. Bertrand cleared a height of 5.01m to land a podium-finish at a conference meet for the first time in his career.
Also in the field, Anthony Taylor scored points for the Green Wave with a school-record breaking mark of 51.10m in the men’s discus. Tulane’s freshman duo also posted a pair of personal bests in the event.
The Tulane men rounded out the team placings in eighth, scoring 38 points on the weekend for nearly double their 2016 total. Houston claimed the men’s title with 181.50 points, followed by UConn (136.5), Memphis (112), East Carolina (109), Tulsa (98), Cincinnati (85.5) and USF (47).
Qualifying Tulane athletes will compete at the NCAA East Regional May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Tulane Results from Day Three of the American Athletic Conference Championships
7. Maya Harewood, 55.05%
11. Jennifer LaMori, 4:46.44
9. Lauren Bartels, 17:03.94*
23. Emma Newton, 17:50.11
35. Mckenzie Melius, 18:22.39K*
37. Mikayla Sonneborn, 18:32.45*
46. Mary Catherine Stovall, 19:17.77
Women’s 100m Hurdles
1. Jessica Duckett, 13.37*#%
6. Brandi Hughes, 13.91*%
Women’s 400m Hurdles
1. Jessica Duckett, 57.82*%$
Women’s 4x400m Relay
8. Tulane A (Maya Harewood, Jessica Duckett, Brandi Hughes, Jessica Adamson), 3:46.48
Women’s Pole Vault
1. Alyssa Applebee, 4.24m (13-11)%
2. Mary Carson Pitts, 4.04m (13-03)%
3. Rebekah Markel, 4.04m (13-03)%
T11. Luisa Hellriegel, 3.64m (11-11.25)
T11. Rose Brutkiewicz, 3.64m (11-11.25)
1. Raymond Kibet, 45.84%$
4. Emmanuel Rotich, 3:54.57%
Men’s 4x100m Relay
3. Tulane A (Devin Glenn, Corey Dauphine, Antonius Prader, Raymond Kibet), 40.63%
Men’s Pole Vault
3. Caleb Bertrand, 5.01m (16-5.25)*%
Men’s Triple Jump
12. Larry Bryant, 13.29m (47-7.25)*
8. Anthony Taylor, 51.10m (167-08)*#%
16. Ryan Singer, 43.66m (143-03)*
19. Thomas Morris, 35.98m (118-00)*