Weight Throwers Overtake Armory

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Scott Hecht recorded a personal-best of 69-4 1/4 in the weight throw Friday at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Hecht and his throwing cohorts scored 25 points during the first day of competition.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior Scott Hecht recorded a personal-best of 69-4 1/4 in the weight throw Friday at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Hecht and his throwing cohorts scored 25 points during the first day of competition.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 13, 2004

Complete Results

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Scott Hecht and the men's distance medley relay team scored victories during the first day of competition at the New York Armory Collegiate Invitational, giving the Boilermaker men a seven-point lead over second-ranked Louisiana State University.

Eighth-ranked Purdue, which entered the two-day meet as its defending champions, collected 38 points. In addition to leading the Tigers (31 points), the Boilermakers also are ahead of No. 18 South Carolina (21), No. 5 Texas (20) and No. 13 Tennessee (11).

Hecht jump started the Boilermakers' day, leading a three-place sweep of the weight throw competition. The senior's personal best launch was measured at 69-feet, 4 1/4 inches.

Senior All-American Keith McBride and Igor Kirin placed second and third. McBride registered a throw of 68- 1/4, while Kirin posted an NCAA provisional mark of 64-4 1/2. Kirin is the fourth Purdue thrower to record an NCAA provisional mark or better this season, joining Hecht, McBride and shot put specialist Nedzad Mulabegovic.

John Paul Smolenski also collected a point with his throw of 59-7, which tied his personal record from last week. Overall, the four weight throwers tallied 25 points. Purdue later received an additional three points from Jason Carlson, who placed sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:55.61.

The Boilermaker men closed the first day of competition with a victory in the distance medley relay. Terrell Thompson, Dedrick Tillerson, Jon Hoggatt and Kyle Orender crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 10:07.92. South Carolina finished runner-up, nearly five seconds behind the Old Gold and Black quartet.

 

 

The women weight throwers also fared well on Friday. Courtney Magnuson led the Boilermakers with a third-place throw of 58-10 3/4; freshman Astin Steward followed with a personal record of 57-3 1/2 and Tiffany Britten placed sixth at 54- 1/2. The women totaled 14 of their 18 points in this event, and trail LSU, Duke and Columbia heading into Saturday's events.

On the track, Amber Ferner scored a point in the 5,000, finishing eighth in 17:19.71. In their final event, the women's distance medley relay placed sixth with a time of 12:15.09, collecting three points.

In preliminary action, senior All-American Kenneth Baxter, the Armory's defending champion in the 200-meter dash, placed fifth with a time of 21.37. Baxter will compete in the finals Saturday afternoon, as well as the 60-meter dash.

For complete meet results, go to www.armorytrack.com and click on the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational link posted at the top of their web page.