Jan. 21, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker track and field teams brought home a mixed bag of results from Bloomington, Ind., where they competed in a quadrangular meet with Indiana, Ohio State and Indiana State on Saturday. Purdue athletes won six combined event titles, including an upset win by junior Astin Steward in the women's weight throw.
Steward faced off with OSU's Keturah Lofton, who ranked seventh nationally in the event, and came out with the weight throw title with a toss of 62-3 ¾ (18.99m).
Also coming through with event victories on the women's side were middle distance runners Corrie Whisner and Brooke Woodruff, and pole vaulter Brianna Neumann. Whisner (West Chester, Ohio) won the mile title with a personal best time of 4:55.08, while Brooke Woodruff (Cape Girardo, Mo.) took the 800m in 2:13.70. Neumann (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led a Boilermaker sweep in the pole vault with a season-best clearance of 12-7 ½ (3.85m). Senior Jocelyn Lindsay (Waynesburg, Pa.) and freshman Mallory Peck (Sioux Falls, S.D.) followed with identical clearances of 11-11 ¾ (3.65m).
Purdue finished 1-2 in the 800 as junior Laura Farley (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished just behind Woodruff at 2:16.70. Sophomore Laura Kincaid finished second in the triple jump (39-5 ¾), while sophomore Sheena James (Clinton, Iowa) was the runner-up in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 49-0 ¾. Kincaid also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles, while LaShauna Harris (60m dash) and the 4x400 relay team also posted third-place finishes for Purdue.
The Boilermaker women finished third in the meet with 137 points, behind OSU (155) and Indiana (147).
On the men's side, junior Justin Stadt (Crown Point, Ind.) and junior Rickey Pinkney (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned event titles. Stadt won the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:30.2, while Pinkney picked up his second straight 60-meter hurdles title with a time of 7.92. Purdue also took third in the 60 hurdles as sophomore Keith Hopkins (Chicago, Ill.) finished third (8.12).
In the pole vault, the Boilermakers took second, third and fourth place led by Eric Sparks' clearance of 16-4 ¾ , which tied Indiana's Jeff Coover for the best mark of the day. Sophomore Andrew Rademacher ( Hermitage, Pa.) posted a personal best height of 15-11 (4.85m), while junior John Porter (Cincinnati, Ohio) rounded out the group with a clearance of 15-5 (4.70m).
Sophomore Brian Kaluf (St. John, Ind.) was the runner-up in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:21.68, while junior Rayland Currie (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished third in the triple jump (45-10) and the long jump (22-0 ¼). Sophomore Tyler Miller (Goshen, Ind.) finished third in the shot put (55-7 ½) and posted a personal best toss of 52-10 in the weight throw.
The Purdue men finished fourth in the meet with 122 points, just one point behind third-place Ohio State. Indiana State won the meet with 148 points.
"Rickey Pinkney was solid for us on the men's side," head coach Jack Warner said. "We scored 122 points, which was a few more than I thought we would. We should have beaten the OSU men but that is what happens in a meet like this. On the ladies side, I thought we had some good performances especially Astin's upset win in the weight throw. "
Overall, Warner's view of the future is a bright one.
"We have several athletes knocking on the door, now they just have to go through it," he said. "I think some of them are starting to believe. We will have to see where they go from here. We just have to regroup on Monday and get ready for another meet next week and continue to improve our performances."