Jan. 27, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue Boilermakers put together a nice performance on the first day of the Indiana Relays on Saturday. The Boilermakers had a number of personal records and individuals who advances to compete on Saturday.
On the women's side, Ciana Tabb finished 14th overall in the women's 60m hurdles. The top 16 times advance to the semifinals and Tabb's time of 8.91 seconds was good enough for her to advance. Tabb also ran a 7.97 in the 60m dash. Tatyana Fykes ran her fastest career time in the 60m dash. Fykes bested her previous best which came last weekend at the Gene Edmonds Cup of 7.90 seconds with a time of 7.87.
Dana Payonk won her heat of the women's one mile run and finished ninth overall. Payonk finished with a time of 5:06.68 while teammate Alice Feslier Holmes came in 12th with a time of 5:07.91. Breann Fife set another personal record in the women's weight throw. Fife won her flight and took ninth overall with a distance of 16.63m (54-06.75). Elise Glass and Ebony Woodard finished eighth and ninth overall in the women's 200m dash. Glass finished in 25.18 seconds while Woodard crossed the finish line in 25.21 seconds.
Alexandra Parks ran a 1:36.89 in the women's 600m. That time is less than a second off of her personal best. Parks finished eighth in the event.
On the men's side, Brandon Winters finished second overall in the men's 60m hurdle prelims. Winters ran a time of 8.08 seconds and will be in the second heat of tomorrow's semifinals. Freshman Shane Mikesky also advanced as he finished with a time of 8.30 seconds which was best in his heat. It was also good enough for 15th overall in the preliminary round.
In the men's 60m dash, it was again Raheem Mostert that showed off his speed. After winning the event in the Gene Edmonds Cup a week ago with a time of 6.85 seconds, Mostert won his heat on Saturday with a time of 6.87 seconds to finish fifth overall and be one of 16 individuals to move on to the semifinals. Of those 16 individuals, four of them are members of major college football programs, including Mostert. The other three are George Atkinson III and Josh Atkinson of Notre Dame and Nick Stoner of Indiana. Atkinson III and Mostert are known for their speed on the gridiron as the Notre Damer returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this past season while the Boilermaker returned one and led the nation in yards per kick return. Mostert ran the fastest time of those four individuals in the preliminary round.
Mario Cosey ran a personal best with a time that bested any Purdue results from this season and last season. The freshman ran a 22.03 second time which was good for fifth place overall. Andrew Kendrick also ran a personal best time in the event as he finished in 22.09 seconds, the second best Purdue time in the last two years. Josh Lee finished 15th in the event with a 22.49 second time.
Saturday will be another exciting day for the Boilermakers. Aside from the individuals who advanced from Friday, many other Boilermakers will compete for the first time. Dani Bunch will compete in the women's championship weight throw while Connor McCulley will compete in the event on the men's side. Leah Eber and Nikki Nunn will compete in the women's invitational long jump while Seth Virgil, Bush, and Hunt are scheduled to compete in the same event for the Boilermaker men. Kyle Campbell, Mitch Erickson, and Zack Saunders will compete in the men's pole vault invitational and Geoff Davis will compete in the high jump.
Action begins on Saturday morning at 10:20 a.m. ET. Live results can be found at PurdueSports.com and a full recap will be posted following the completion of the meet. Live updates will be posted on the Purdue Track & Field Facebook page as well as on Twitter (@PurdueTrackXC). Use the hashtag #PurdueTF for all posted results as well as to inquire about any meet happenings.