Jan. 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track teams wrapped up the Indiana Relays at Indiana University on Sunday. A number of Boilermakers placed well in the final round of their competitions.
On the women's side, Dani Bunch threw a season-best distance of 20.11m (65-11.75) in the weight throw. That mark was good enough for sixth overall. Bunch also finished sixth in the shot put with a mark of 15.69m (51-05.75). Ciana Tabb finished 15th overall in the 60m hurdles. The sophomore finished with a time of 8.94 seconds.
Leah Eber took the top spot in the long jump. The reigning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week leapt a distance of 6.21m (20-04.50) which was .21m better than the second place finisher. Taylor Morrison finished fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 56.65 seconds. Megan Plenus finished sixth in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:14.59. That mark is a personal best in the event for the sophomore. Bre'Anna Smith finished 22nd after crossing the finish line in 2:20.02.
On the men's side, Raheem Mostert finished fourth in the semifinals of the 60m dash with a time of 6.83 seconds. That mark was a personal best for the freshman and good enough to advance him to the finals. There, the track and football star was up against two other such two sport athletes among others. Moster ran a 6.86 in the finals which was good enough for sixth overall and was faster than the other two sport athletes.
In the 60m high hurdles, Brandon Winters and Shane Mikesky were in the semifinals. Winters ran a time of 8.16 seconds which was good enough for fifth while Mikesky ran an 8.30 to put him in eleventh. Winters' time advanced him to the finals. There, Winters saved his best for last as he ran a personal best time of 8.02 seconds which gave him a second place finish. His time was just .03 behind the winning time and was .01 seconds better than his previous best. That mark is also the fastest for any Purdue athlete in the last two years.
Gary Bush and Akeem Hunt competed in the men's long jump on Saturday. In a foul-filled event, there were 22 total for 10 competitors, Bush was able to earn fifth place with a distance of 6.94m (22-09.25). Hunt, in his first collegiate long jump appearance, finished eighth with a mark of 6.61m (21-08.25).
Geoff Davis finished second in the men's high jump invitational. Davis and Zack Reiley, unattached, both finished with marks of 2.15m (7-00.50), but Reiley cleared 2.12m on his first jump while it took Davis until his third. Andrew Kendrick finished sixth in the men's 400m dash. His time of 49.49 seconds was an indoor best for him in the event. Josh Lee ran a 49.81 in the event, good for ninth overall, and Rob McNair finished in 15th place with a time of 50.29 seconds.
Simon Rogers finished ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:54.74 while Dan Porter was right behind in 10th with a time of 1:54.85. Tyler Wynn finished 23rd with a time of 1:56.44. Kevin Griffith finished 9th in the men's 800m invitational. He finished with a time of 1:51.93. That time is a personal best while at Purdue for the transfer.
The men's 4x400m was the last event of the weekend. The Purdue `A' team made up of Chris Arvia, McNair, Lee, and Kendrick finished first in its heat with a time of 3:17.25. That time is a season best for the men's relay.
The Boilermakers will return to action on Friday when they travel to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the Meyo Invitational. Start time has not been officially announced, but will be early in the week.