Feb. 11, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up a busy day on Friday as the teams split up and travelled to three meets in three states. Large groups went to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., while two others went to The Big Meet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
At the Tyson Invitational, Nikki Nunn competed in the women's long jump. The sophomore finished 10th with a long jump of 5.74m (18-10.00). In the women's championship long jump, Leah Eber had a nice evening. The senior followed up her Purdue record performance with of 6.47m (21-02.75) with her second best career mark, a jump of 6.40m (21-00.00). Eber's jump was good for second in the event as Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes set an NCAA best mark of 6.60m (21-08.00) to win.
In the women's shot put championship, Dani Bunch had a strong performance as well. The sophomore finished third in the event with a throw of 15.84m (51-11.75). Terri Anderson finished 13th in the event with a throw of 14.27m (46-10.00).
On the men's side, Raheem Mostert qualified for the semifinals in the 60m dash. In the prelims, Mostert ran a time of 6.85 seconds. In the semis, Mostert ran a time of 6.83 second which put him in 11th place, but only the top eight advanced to the finals. Simon Rogers finished seventh in the mile. He ran a time of 4:09.23, just .22 seconds behind his third place finishing mark from a week ago.
In the men's 60m high hurdles, Brandon Winters advanced through the preliminary round with a time of 8.08 seconds. That was good for 13th place. Winters finished ninth in the semifinals, just one spot out of qualifying for the finals, with a time of 7.97. That mark is a personal best for Winters by .05 seconds. Seth Virgil took fourth in the long jump. After resting for the last couple weeks, Virgil came out and leapt a distance of 7.19m (23-07.25).
At the Hoosier Hills Invitational, the Purdue women's 4x400m relay team won its race with a time of 3:53.19. Elise Glass, Morgan Monroe, Alexandra Parks, and Bre'Anna Smith made up the team. In the triple jump, Kendria Kelly-Taylor finished second with a leap of 11.05m (36-03.00). Beatrice Turpin set a personal best in the high jump. The redshirt freshman cleared 1.61m (5-03.50) which was good for sixth place. Liberty Slinden finished third in the shot put with a throw of 14.69m (48-02.50). Her mark was the best of any thrower that was not unattached.
Emily Leckenby won the women's weight throw. She threw a distance of 17.96m (58-11.25) which shattered her previous personal best of 17.06m (55-11.75). Breann Fife finished third in the event with a throw of 16.80m (55-01.50). Fife's mark was also a personal best. Glass finished third in the 200m and 400m dashes with times of 25.48 and 57.47 seconds, respectively.
On the men's side, the 4x400m relay team of Rob McNair, Josh Lee, Chris Arvia, and Andrew Kendrick finished in second with a time of 3:19.04. Normondo Harris finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 14.30m (46-11.00). Ishmael Aristide finished fourth in the preliminary round of the 60m dash. Aristide ran a time of 7.10 seconds.
In the men's 600m, Gabe Pirtle finished third with a time of 1:21.58. Chris Arvia finished in fourth, but was clocked with the exact same time as Pirtle. Dan Porter finished second in the 800m run. He finished with a time of 1:55.74.
The Boilermakers will compete again tomorrow in the Tyson Invitational. Full results will be posted online following the day's completion.