News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Purdue had nine individuals honored.
Andre Peart and Raheem Mostert won their heats on Thursday.
The Boilers have 28 entries for the three-day meet.
The Boilermakers will compete in Jacksonville, Fla., next weekend.
2014: Ran a personal record in the 800m with a time of 1:48.64 at the Kentucky Relays, a time that ranks fifth in Purdue all-time outdoor history ... finished fifth at the Outdoor Big Ten Track and Field Championships in the 800m run with a time of 1:49.93 ... finished ninth at the Indoor Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:51.99 ... helped Purdue's distance medley relay team take eight at indoor Big Tens ... was part of the DMR team that won the Meyo Invite with a time of 9:55.61 ... won four 800m races during the indoor and outdoor seasons, including the USC Trojan Invite in March ... NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifier in the 800m, where he finished 27th ... part of the sprint medley relay team that took third at the Drake Relays with a time of 3:18.76, just 0.21 of a second of the school record ... won the only 1,500m race he competed in, the Dave Rankin Invite, with a time of 3:51.20 ... won the indoor 600m event at the Gene Edmonds Invite,despite only running the event twice during the season, with a time of 1:20.93.
2013: As a junior, finished 12that the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a time of 1:51.06 in the 800-meter run; finished secondat the Purdue/Indiana Dual with a time of 1:20.79 in the 600-meter run; took thirdat the Gene Edmonds Cup with a time of 1:21.11 in the 600-meter run; also finished thirdin the 800-meter run at the IU relays with a time of 1:52.73; Personal record and team best in the outdoor 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.06 at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, where he finished ninth in the prelims ... tookseventh in the finals at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.53 ...qualified for the NCAA East Regionals and placed 20th in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.17 ... top 10 finisher in all races for the 800-meter run, prior to the NCAA East Regionals ... competed in the 4x400-meter relay finishing with a time of 3:18.48 at the Sea Ray Relays in 16th place and 3:20.09 at the Tiger Track Classic in 15th place ... only relay team to participate all year in the 1600-meter sprint medley and finished with a time of 3:19.08 at the Drake Relays to take fourth.
2012: Transfered to Purdue from UC Davis at the start of the spring semester; was consistantly the top 800m runner for Purdue on the season; captured first place at the Boilermaker Invite (2/18) in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:20.38; took third at the Tyson Invitational (2/10) in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.88; also competed at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Hoosier Indoors Invite, and the Meyo Invitational; in the outdoor season, took the top finish at the Dave Rankin Invite (4/21) with an 800m time of 1:52.35; finished 10th at the Jesse Owens Track Classic (4/14) with a time of 1:53.40; Griffith also competed in the outdoor Big Ten Championships in the 800m and finished 11th with a time of 1:49.69 which was his season best; in the NCAA Prelims, Griffith finished 36th with a time of 1:51.94; also was a part of several 4x400m relay teams.
Prior to Purdue: 2011 (FRESHMAN): Competed for UC Davis in both track and cross country; helped cross country team to Big West Conference Championship; qualified for NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championship; finished fifth in Big West Conference 800M final; ran a 800m season best of 1:50.66;
HIGH SCHOOL: Competed in track and soccer for four years and cross country for one; won six East Bay Athletic League track titles, including three straight in the 800M; CIF-NCS champion in 800M as a senior after two runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009; placed seventh in 800 (1:54.04) at state meet as a junior, then improved to fifth place (1:51.31) as a senior; twice named team's Most Outstanding Runner in track; set school records in 800m, 1,600m and 4x400m relay (3:16.04); led cross country team to section title in his senior year placing third individually; placed 44th overall at 2010 CIF state cross country championship; also a four-year letterwinner in soccer, twice earning All-EBAL honors as a defender; played club ball for Mustang Soccer, helping Ajax squad win 2009 State Cup U-17 title; selected as SRV Senior Athlete of the Year for 2009-10; CIF-NCS Scholar-Athlete all eight semesters.
PERSONAL: Kevin Michael Griffith was born August 22, 1991, in Walnut Creek, Calif.; son of Doug and Maura Griffith; has a sister, Sarah, who runs track for UC Davis, and a brother, David, a junior in high school; majoring in industrial engineering; achieved rank of Eagle Scout during sophomore year.