Jan. 22, 2009
Minor in Third Halfway Through Pentathalon in Day One of LSU Purple Tiger Invite
BATON ROUGE, La - Halfway through the pentathlon, Tulane indoor track & field's junior Arielle Minor ranks third in the standings after day one of the LSU Purple Tiger Inivitational at Maddox Field House. Freshman Kelly Curtis ranks 10th.
Minor placed second in the 60-meter hurdles portion with a time of 9.38, and second in the shot put with a throw of 10.70 meters. She was seventh in three events: the high jump (1.53m), long jump (4.99m), and 800-meter run, with a time of 2:46. Her score of 3123 ranks third, 450 points behind Arkansas State's Amy Bowman, who leads halfway through the events.
Curtis placed second in the high jump (1.59), fifth in the long jump (5.17), ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (10.03) and 10th in the shot put (8.86). She also ranked 13th in the 800-meter run (3:11) for a sub-total of 2758 at the halfway point.
Freshman Raquelle Collins turned in a third place finish in the long jump portion with a 5.24 distance. She was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.75, seventh in the shot put (9.24m) and 10th in the high jump (1.47m).
The Purple Tiger Invitational continues Friday with individual track and field events beginning at 3 p.m.
Participants include; Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas State, Grambling, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, LSU, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, South Alabama, Southern University (New Orleans), Southern Miss, and Southeastern Louisiana, as well as Mississippi College, Hinds Community College and a host of unattached or club athletes
"This meet is another opportunity to compete," head coach Heather Van Norman
said. "It's local so the team gets to sleep in their own bed and it allows them to continue with a normal routine. We are preparing for February."
The Green Wave are coming off an impressive showing at the Air Force All-Comers, in which Tulane won three events, finishing 1-2 in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, while winning the 4x440 relay.
"We had a good start at Air Force, and the important thing is that we build off of that performance," head coach Heather Van Norman said. "My main concern is that we see a steady improvement through out the season."
Freshman Kasey Rodgers won the 60m at Air Force in 7.59 with junior Olivia Kizzee second in 7.62. Kizzee was the top finisher in the 200m, at 24.88, and senior Shaina Pelham's 25.07 was second. Tulane dominated the 200, as Rodgers placed fourth in 25.53, with senior Jasmine Momoh sixth in 25.79. Senior Valencia Wilson was the anchor of the 4x440 yard relay, which took first in 3:56. Wilson, Pelham and Momoh were Tulane's first three runners in the event.