Wave shines at Alabama Relays

Jordan Figueredo, Associate Sports Editor

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Five Tulane track and field athletes achieved personal bests Friday and Saturday at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

On the track, sophomore Chris Lowery recorded a time of 1:51:30 in the 800 meter run to finish No. 4 overall. With his time, Lowery recorded a new personal best and now ranks No. 6 in school history. 

“I feel pretty good [breaking another school record] especially since it’s happening this early in the season,” Lowery said.

Junior sprinter Lilla McMillan made her outdoor debut in the 400-meter dash and placed No. 5 with a time of 54.61. Her time ranks No. 7 in school history.

Junior Jill Doyle finished No. 1 in the B section of the Women’s Pole Vault Saturday with a 3.70 meter mark, a new personal best. Senior Katerina Vodova finished second place finish in the A section of the Women’s Pole Vault with 3.95 meters. Vodova’s performance ranks No. 4 in Tulane history.

Senior Jessica Knierim finished No. 8 with a personal season-high mark of 3.85 meters, while sophomore Mary Carson Pitts recorded a mark of 3.70 meters and finished No. 11.

“It was a fun and exciting weekend seeing the whole team out there,” senior Michelle Kreutzberg said. 

“I’m pleased with the progress that we’re making, but expectations are high moving forward,” Director of Track and Field Eric Peterson said. “It’s an ongoing process, and we’re training hard and making sure the kids are physically, mentally and emotionally ready to compete.” 

Tulane now has a week of training before it departs for Atlanta to compete at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational Friday and Saturday.