Jan. 17, 2009


Courtesy of Tulane

USAF Academy, CO - Tulane women's track & field opened the 2009 portion of their indoor schedule with six podium finishes, including three champions at the Air Force All-Comers. Freshman Kasey Rodgers won the 60-meter dash, while junior Olivia Kizzee was the top finisher in the 200-meter. Tulane also won the 4x440 relay.


The Green Wave finished 1-2 in both the 60-meter and the 200-meter. Rodgers posted a 7.59 for the top spot, with Kizzee second in 7.62. Kizzee's 24.88 and senior Shaina Pelham's 25.07 were the top two times in the finals of the 200-meter. 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.


In the 400-meter, senior Vanessa Kienast placed fifth in 59.72, while sophomore Zandria Debowles was 12th in 61.42. Wilson turned in a time of 65.26 in her heat, placing 28th.


Sophomore Rebecca Coady placed fifth in the 800-meter run, turning in a 2:26 time, while freshman Johanna Gretschel was 12th in 2:40.


Junior Arielle Minor was Tulane's top finisher in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.61.


In the high jump, freshman Kelly Curtis placed second, posting a 1.60 meter height, while fellow freshman Raquelle Collins was eighth with a mark of 1.55m.


Sophomore Brree Carter was third in the long jump at 5.22 meters, while Minor was ninth with a mark of 4.97


Minor lobbed Tulane's top shot put mark, finishing 14th with a distance of 11.34. Collins placed 29th with a toss of 9.10m, and Curtis posted a 8.84-meter distance for 30th.


Senior Katarina Busljeta placed 11th in the weight throw, with a mark of 13.61-meters.


The Green Wave are back in action on January 22, at the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational, a two-day event in Baton Rouge.