CLEMSON, S.C. – Freshman Zhane Smith added her name to the school’s top 10 list in the long jump by setting the indoor freshman school record, while six other Boilermakers made finals on the first day of the Clemson Invitational. Purdue has one more day at the meet to compete against some of the nation’s top athletes, before the meet wraps up Saturday.
Smith was in the first flight of the long jump. After fouling her first two attempts, she recorded the best jump of her young career as she leapt 6.04 meters (19-9.75). That distance ranks eighth in school history and broke the freshman school record, previously held by Nikki Nunn, by one centimeter. Nunn’s jump of 6.03m (9-9.50) came at the 2011 Grand Valley State Big Meet. While Smith made finals, she passed on her final three attempts and finished seventh overall.
Freshman Jalil Brewer made finals in the men’s shot put, before placing ninth. Brewer recorded a best distance of 16.64m (54-7.25), which came on his second attempt. That is his best throw as a Boilermaker. In the women’s shot put, freshman Molly Leppelmeier made finals and placed fourth. She had a best throw of 15.18m (49-9.75), which is her second best mark of the year. Micaela Hazlewood was also in the competition and placed third. The senior had a best throw of 15.62m (51-3.00), which came on her final attempt. That is also the second best mark of her career.
Senior Justin Veteto made finals in the 60-meter hurdles and ran both races under 8.00 seconds. In the prelims, he finished eighth overall with a time of 7.98 seconds. Then, in the finals, he placed sixth with a time of 7.96 seconds. That is his fastest time this season and within 0.08 of a second of his personal record. In the 60-meter dash, freshman Waseem Williams made finals after finishing seventh in prelims with a time of 6.80 seconds. In the finals, he took fifth after crossing the line in 6.76 seconds.
Junior Susan Hubbard competed in the mile for the first time in her career and was just shy of adding her name to Purdue’s all-time top-10 list. She finished third overall with a time of 4:52.57. Hubbard, normally an 800-meter runner, is within five seconds of 10th on Purdue’s all-time list. In the men’s mile, freshman Kyle Griffith was also within a few seconds of Purdue’s top 10. He finished seventh with a time of 4:13.04.
The Boilermakers will be busy Saturday. Smith will compete in the triple jump, an event she is already within an inch of joining the school’s top-10 list. The men’s high jump will also be contested and features a pair of Boilermakers who rank in the top 25 nationally. Both men’s and women’s weight throws and 200-meter dashes will also be contested Saturday, among other events.
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