Jan. 25, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Day one of the Indiana Relays is in the books and the Boilermakers had a solid day including six individuals who advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.
“I am very pleased with everyone who competed today,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “We had a number of individuals advance to the semis and the finals and that is all you can ask for. Tomorrow we have to close the deal. Every meet is preparing us for the Big Ten Championships and that’s what we are working towards.”
Geoff Davis had his best performance of the season in the high jump. The senior jumped the second-best height of his career as he cleared 2.22m (7-03.25). Davis cleared his first three bars on his first attempts, 2.06m (6-09.00), 2.11m (6-11.00), and 2.16m (7-01.00). After missing his first attempt at 2.22m (7-03.25), Davis regained his composure and cleared the height. Though he was unable to make the next bar, the Boilermaker senior’s mark was good for second place. Derek Drouin of Indiana won the event. The 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist tied the national lead after clearing 2.29m (7-06.00) in his first meet of the season. Davis improved on his national mark, though did not move up in the ranks due to Drouin’s mark being added to the top. Davis still sits as the nation’s seventh-best jumper.
“Geoff had very good attempts today,” said Greene. “He is jumping very well. When you go up against an Olympic medalist, that changes the game. You have to respect Derek Drouin. He jumped very well. Geoff competed really well and was with him for a long time. I think his best is yet to come this season.”
Purdue advanced three men to the semifinals of the 60m hurdles. Brandon Winters turned in the top time among the competitors donning the Old Gold and Black. He finished fourth in the prelims with a time of 8.06 seconds. Andre’ Peart also advanced through the prelims. Peart finished 10th with a time of 8.31 seconds. Shane Mikesky is the third Boilermaker to advance to the semis. Mikesky finished 14th in the prelims with a time of 8.37 seconds.
Ciana Tabb and Cierra Brown qualified for the semis in the women’s 60m hurdles. Tabb finished ninth with a time of 8.79 seconds while Brown was 15th after finishing in 8.92 seconds. Twyla Winfrey qualified for the semis in the 60m dash. She finished 10th in the prelims with a time of 7.80 seconds.
Jakob Engel and Coy Blair finished second and third in the men’s weight throw. Engel threw 17.68m (58-00.25) while Blair finished with a distance of 17.65m (57-11.00). Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will compete in the weight throw invitational on Saturday for Purdue. He currently has the nation’s 10th best throw.
The Boilermakers have the majority of their events on Saturday. On top of the aforementioned semifinals, there will be several great events. Enekwechi will battle some of the world’s best in the weight throw and shot put on the men’s side while Dani Bunch will battle the nation’s best in the women’s shot put and weight throw. Live results can be found on PurdueSports.com for all of Saturday’s action.