Jan. 21, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams won the Gene Edmonds Cup for the 17th consecutive year on Saturday, knocking off Indiana State by a score of 168-155. The Purdue women shined as they beat the Indiana State women, 89-73, while the Sycamore men topped Purdue for the first time, 82-79.
"It was a hard fought battle," said Purdue head coach Jack Warner. "They've got some really good individual athletes. They have a great passion to try to win that cup because they never have. I thought this was one of their better team efforts that they've ever had coming in here. I felt like our team did a good job of handling the challenge. When things looked like they weren't going our way, we turned it right around in another event and put it right to them. I liked the way our team responded."
On the women's side, Leah Eber had a monumental day for the Boilermakers. The senior won all three events that she was entered in. The senior started the afternoon off by setting a Gene Edmonds Cup record en route to a victory over teammate Nikki Nunn in the long jump with a distance of 6.25m (20-06.25). That distance shattered the previous meet record of 6.19m set in 2010 by Christina Madison. Eber's distance was a season best and misses her career best by .05m.
In the triple jump, Eber came right back and leapt a distance of 12.10m (39-08.50) on her final jump. That took first place again over teammate Nunn. Nunn set a personal best in the event by .35m after the sophomore jumped 11.89m (39-00.25). Kendria Kelly-Taylor also set a personal best in the event with a distance of 11.01m (36-01.50).
Eber then competed in the 60m dash, an event she wasn't even entered into until the night before. The senior beat her best time by .01 seconds from a year ago to win the event with a 7.72 seconds time. Ciana Tabb finished second in the event with a PR time of 7.78 seconds. Tatyana Fykes also ran her fastest career time in the event with a time of 7.90 seconds. Fykes also ran a career best in the 200m dash. In all, Eber earned 15 of the women's 89 points.
"Leah was right on today," Warner said. "She had one of the leading jumps in the country in the long jump. It was a solid PR. She then came back and won the dash. I just put her in it last night because I felt like the meet would be so close and we would need the extra points. Luckily it was a good move on my part."
In the weight throw, Dani Bunch threw a season best of 19.83m (65-00.75). That distance was only good enough for second as the sophomore was up against the defending national champion from last year, Felisha Johnson. The Sycamore junior hit a distance of 20.49m (67-02.75). Breann Fife and Liberty Slinden both set personal records in the event for the Boilermakers. Fife threw a distance of 16.58m (54-04.75) and Slinden 15.84 (51-11.75).
Bunch also finished in second behind Johnson in the shot put. Johnson set a meet record with a distance of 16.64m (54-07.25) while Bunch came in at 15.61m (51-02.75). Slinden also set a personal record for herself in the shot put as she hit a mark of 14.64m (48-00.50).
Emily Becker took the top spot with a personal best in the women's high jump. The sophomore cleared a height of 1.65m (5-05.00). Beatrice Turpin also set a personal best in the event as she cleared 1.60m *5-03.00). That height was good enough to earn fourth place and one point for Purdue.
Kelly McCurdy and Blair Doney set personal bests in the women's one mile run. McCurdy finished first with a time of 4:55.42 while Doney crossed the line second in 5:04.14. Megan Plenus and Alexandra Parks set PRs in the women's 600m run. Plenus won the event with a 1:36.49 while Parks finished in 1:36.47. Stephanie Bonk ran a career best in the women's 3000m en route to a victory. Bonk finished in 10:01.87.
On the men's side, Jacob Engel set a PR in the weight throw with a distance of 16.99m (55-09.00). He finished fourth in the event. Seth Virgil also set a personal best on the day. Virgil jumped a distance of 7.28m (23-10.75) to win the event over teammate Gary Bush. Bush was in his first collegiate appearance and leapt 7.22m (23.08.25) in his first jump on the day. He followed that leap up with one that seemed a bit farther, but had stepped just too far and it was a foul. Bush finished with the mark on his first jump which was good enough for second place and three points.
In the pole vault, the Boilermakers went 1-2-3 as Mitch Erickson took the top spot, clearing a height of 5.06m (16-07.25) on his first attempt. Kyle Campbell set a PR and cleared the same height on his second attempt. Zack Saunders also cleared 5.06m and took third because his was cleared on his third attempt.
Brandon Winters ran a career best time in the 60m hurdles. Winters finished in 8.03 seconds which was good enough for second because Greggmar Swift of Indiana State set a meet record with a time of 7.77 seconds. Shane Mikesky, in his first collegiate meet, finished the event in 8.24 seconds which was good for fourth place.
The men's 60m dash was full of fresh faces for the Old Gold and Black. Raheem Mostert, Akeem Hunt, and Bush were running the event for the first time in their careers alongside teammate Mario Cosey. Mostert showed why he is a two sport athlete as he won the event with a time of 6.85 seconds. Cosey set a personal best with a time of 6.96 seconds, good for third place, while Bush and Hunt finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 7.03 and 7.05 seconds. Cosey also set a PR with a 22.38 second effort in the 200m dash, good for second place.
"I thought the football guys did a great job for us today," said Warner. "Raheem Mostert coming out, first race and winning. Akeem Hunt was right there as well as Shane Mikesy in the hurdles. Gary Bush also did a great job in the long jump getting second place. That wasn't even where we projected him so it was great to see. It's really a nice thing to have those guys around."
Tyler Wynn won the men's 800m run with a personal best time. The freshman crossed the line in 1:54.99 seconds while teammate Mitch Keyser took third. Cale Allen ran a career best in the 3000m run. The junior ran a time of 8:18.89 seconds to earn first place and five points for Purdue.
The Boilermakers will be back at it next weekend when they take part in the two day Hoosier Indoor Invitational.