Jan. 30, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams posted second-place finishes at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, hosted by the Badgers at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center on Saturday. The Purdue men finished with 184 team points, while the women notched 190 on the day as they won a combined five events and posted five NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Junior Stacey Wannemacher added her second national provisional qualifier of the season, marking a huge personal record in the weight throw and scoring the fourth-longest toss in Purdue history. Her throw of 19.28 meters (63-03.25) eclipsed her previous season best by nearly a full meter, surpassing Amy Hogan on the Boilermakers' all-time top-five list, and was good for second on the afternoon. Wannemacher also topped the women's shot put on the day, marking 15.49 meters (50-10.00), falling way short of her Purdue indoor record in the event, but still surpassing the NCAA provisional standard.
Sophomore Leah Eber put her name in the Boilermaker record books as well on Saturday, matching the Purdue indoor record in the women's long jump with a mark of 6.23 meters (20-05.25). The win vaults her from third to first in the Big Ten this season, surpassing senior teammate Christina Madison, who's third all-time at Purdue and Wisconsin senior Chavon Robinson, both of whom have NCAA provisional qualifiers this season. Eber also took second in the women's 60-meter dash on the day, crossing the line in 7.75 seconds.
Rookie Geoff Davis won the men's high jump and improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the second straight weekend, clearing 2.19 meters (7-02.25) to top the field. Davis' mark tied the No. 4 mark in Purdue's indoor history and the No. 6 mark in the country this season as he topped a trio of fellow national qualifiers in teammate Adetayo Adesanya, Indiana State's Major Clay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Quinn Mongoven.
The women's pole vault provided a second straight solid matchup with Purdue senior Brianna Neumann
and Indiana State's Kylie Hutson vaulting against each other for the second straight week and Wisconsin's former All-American Jenny Soceka throwing her hat in the ring as well. Hutson topped the competition for the second consecutive meet, clearing the NCAA automatic height of 4.25 meters (13-11.25), but Neumann better her indoor personal record for the second straight meet, clearing 4.17 meters (13-08.25) to close the gap. Soceka was third in the meet with her first clearance of the year (3.97m/13-00.25). Neumann's height is the third best in indoor school history at Purdue and bumps her to 10th on the national list this season.
Purdue junior Rashad Cannon increased his NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the men's long jump for the second consecutive week, winning the meet with a mark of 7.56 meters (24-09.75). He's 17th in NCAA Division I this season and is now just nine centimeters short of the Boilermakers' indoor top-five list in the event. Classmate Chris Kirtz increased his season best in the long jump as well on Saturday, leaping 7.26 meters (23-10.00) to take fourth place at the meet and climb to fifth in the Big Ten standings.
Fellow junior Bill Hardcastle claimed the Boilermakers' fifth and final event title on Saturday, topping the men's shot put with a toss of 17.29 meters (56-08.75). He moved up his season best mark on the day by seven centimeters and jumped a spot to sixth in the Big Ten this year. Hardcastle also bettered his season and career best mark in the weight throw, taking fourth place on the day with a toss of 17.92 meters (58-09.50).
Wisconsin won both the men's and women's meet titles, amassing 251.50 points on the men's side and 242 points in the women's competition. Indiana State followed the Boilermakers on the men's and women's side for the second straight week, falling by 12 points in the women's meet and 32 in the men's.
The Boilermakers return to action next weekend at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday.