Jan. 23, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams won their 15th consecutive Gene Edmonds Cup title on Saturday, downing intrastate rival Indiana State University by 41 points, 182-141. The Boilermakers had several outstanding individual performances on the day, adding three NCAA provisional qualifiers to their team total and improving four others.
Senior Christina Madison and juniors Rashad Cannon and Emily Breslin all added their names to the Boilermakers' national list on Saturday as Madison and Cannon surpassed the provisional standard in the women's and men's long jumps, while Breslin cleared the provisional mark in the women's high jump. Madison was just shy of the Purdue indoor school record, marking a career-best 6.19 meters (20-03.75) to win the women's long jump and climb to a tie for eighth place in the national rankings, while Cannon improved his season best to 7.53 meters (24-08.50) to top the men's long jump and improve his Big Ten-leading mark in the event. Breslin set a new personal record in the women's high jump, sailing over 1.78 meters (5-10.00) to equal the NCAA provisional standard and become the fourth woman in the Big Ten to qualify this season.
Purdue junior Stacey Wannemacher improved her own indoor school shot put record for the second time in as many outings this season, topping Saturday's field with a mark of 16.47 meters (54-00.50). The throw bumps her to fifth in NCAA Division I this season and just 43 centimeters shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 16.90 meters (55-05.50).
Rookie Geoff Davis bested a pair of 2009 NCAA Championship qualifiers in Indiana State's Major Clay and senior Purdue teammate Adetayo Adesanya in the men's high jump, improving his career best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark to 2.18 meters (7-01.25). The clearance is good for eighth on the NCAA Division I list this season and fifth best in Purdue's indoor history, while Adesanya bumped his top height of the season to 2.15 meters (7-00.50); good for a tie for 10th in the country. Clay matched Davis' mark of 2.18 meters, but Davis captured the meet title with fewer misses on the day.
Senior Brianna Neumann
improved her indoor career best in the women's pole vault for the second time in three outings, clearing 4.12 meters (13-06.25) to climb to eighth on the NCAA Division I list. However, Neumann was bettered on the day by defending NCAA Champion Kylie Hutson of Indiana State, who broke her own Lambert Fieldhouse record with a mark of 4.20 meters (13-09.25), and remains at seventh in the country this season. Purdue sophomore Elizabeth Stover
just missed the NCAA provisional standard of 4.00 meters (13-01.50) on the day, clearing an indoor career best 3.97 meters (13-00.25) to take third place.
Senior Eric Sparks matched the NCAA provisional mark of 5.20 meters (17-00.75) to win the men's pole vault, surpassing the standard for the second straight meet. Freshman Mitch Erickson followed Sparks in the event, clearing a career-best 5.10 meters (16-08.75).
Other event winners for the Boilermakers were Adesanya, fellow senior Nan Hammel, juniors Josh Hembrough, Shane Crawford, Jacob Palmer, Bill Hardcastle and Caden Shields, and sophomores Josh Lee, Mike Willey, Leah Eber and Stephanie Bonk. Eber improved her career best in the 60-meter dash and the long jump, winning the dash in 7.68 and following Madison in the long jump with the third-best indoor mark in school history at 6.10 meters (20-00.25).
The Boilermakers continue their indoor slate next weekend, traveling to Big Ten rival Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Elite Meet on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30.