Jan. 19, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams retained the Gene Edmonds Cup for the 18th consecutive year, but the result was as close as ever. The Boilermakers held off the Sycamores, 160-156.
The Purdue men outscored the Indiana State men 81-74. Of those points, there were none bigger than the five picked up by the men's 4x400, relay team. The Boilermakers led the combined score 155-153 which meant they needed the relay to win the meet. The top Purdue team responded with a win. Andrew Kendrick, Chris Arvia, Rob McNair, and Andre Peart posted a time of 3:18.07 on the flat track to edge the Purdue `B' team by 1.46 seconds and the top Indiana State team which finished in 3:19.95.
The men again received a boost from their veteran field athletes. Jakob Engel had his second straight huge week in the shot put. The senior threw a first place distance of 18.41m (60-05.00) which eclipsed his personal best set last week of 18.16m (59-07.00). Engel now has the fifth best throw in the country this season and is tops in the Big Ten. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi also improved his national rank. Enekwechi threw a personal best and the nation's 18th best distance with a mark of 17.74m (58-02.50). That was good for second place in the meet and now third in the Big Ten this season. Enekwechi also won the weight throw with a monster throw. The redshirt freshman moved into ninth in the nation with a throw of 19.72 (64-08.50). That distance is good for fourth in the Big Ten.
Geoff Davis had another nice day in the high jump. The senior cleared 2.18m (7-01.75) for the top finish. The Boilermakers also went one-two in the pole vault. Byron Ferrell finished first after clearing 4.95m (16-02.75). Zack Saunders finished second with the same height.
Brandon Winters ran the fastest time in the last three years for Purdue in the 60m hurdles. It took a Lambert Fieldhouse facility record to beat him as Winters finished second with a time of 7.88 seconds. The Boilers earned big points in the 5000m run after taking the top three spots. Steven Stoot finished first while Josh Haase and Allan Appiah were not far behind for second and third, respectively. Chris Arvia won the 600m run with a time just one hundredth of a second off his personal best. The sophomore finished in 1:20.70 to win by .02 second.
Eric Harris finished first in the 200m dash for the second straight week. The junior ran a time of 21.86 seconds. Mario Cosey ran a personal best in the 60m dash en route to a second place finish. The sophomore finished in 6.93 seconds.
On the women's side, Dani Bunch moved up in the national and Purdue ranks in the weight throw. The junior threw 21.02m (68-11.75) to move into fourth in the nation, second in the Big Ten, and second in Purdue history. Bunch beat her previous personal best, which was 20.93m (68-08.00) by three and a quarter inches. That improvement put her ahead of the team's supervisor of operations Toyinda Wilson-Long who competed as Toyinda Smith and had a best of 20.95m (68-08.75). Bunch won the event by a whopping 19 feet, six inches.
In the shot put, Bunch also took the top spot. The junior threw 16.27m (53-04.50). Though she didn't improve her mark, Bunch still sits in 13th in the nation for best distance, 16.39m (53-09.25), which she threw last weekend. Nikki Nunn finished first in the long jump. The junior leapt 5.90m (19-04.25) to win the event by 11 inches.
Ciana Tabb won the 60m hurdles with a personal best time of 8.55 seconds. Tabb beat her previous best by .04 second and won the race by .11 second. The junior's time is tied for 48th best in the country this season. It also improves upon her time which is fourth best in program history, but still .08 second behind Krissy Liphardt who is in third. Dana Payonk and Blair Doney finished one-two in the 3000m run which proved to be one of the closest races of the day. Payonk took first with a time of 10:03.504 while Doney finished second with a personal best time of 10:03.510.
The Indiana State women outscored the Purdue women for the first time in the history of the meet, 82-79.
The Boilermakers also hosted a race for kids eighth grade and under for the greater-Lafayette area. There were three divisions in the race. Kaumau Carlisle finished first in division one with a 60m time of 8.46 seconds. Christy Dean finished second with a time of 9.98 seconds while Rachel Dean finished third with a time of 10.2 seconds. In division two of the race, Jackson Starri finished first with a time of 14.2 seconds. Julien Hartman finished second after crossing the finish line in 18.3 seconds. Isiah Greene finished first in division three. The youngster ran a time of 9.3 seconds. Jacob Greene was second with a time of 10.0 seconds while Tristan Wilson finished third with a time of 10.9 seconds. Arthur and Aryal Wilson finished fourth and fifth with equivalent times of 11.6 seconds in the race. Rachel Williams finished sixth in 11.9 seconds while Jair Wilson finished seventh in 12.2 seconds.
The Boilermakers return to action next weekend as they travel back to Bloomington, Ind., to take part in the Hoosier Indoor Invitational.