Feb. 14, 2009
AMES, Iowa - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the Iowa State Classic, hosted by the Cyclones in Lied Recreational Center on Friday and Saturday, in grand fashion, posting their fastest 4x400-meter relay times of the season on both the men's and women's sides.
The Purdue men clocked a season-best in the 4x400-meter relay as well as sophomore Andy Dunn and freshmen Mike Willey, Josh Lee and Gabe Pirtle teamed for a time of 3:14.29. Juniors Ashlee Lengacher and Rachel Stalzer combined with senior Lauren Scott and freshman Elise Glass to score the women's' best 4x400-meter relay of the season, completing the race in 3:48.32.
Sophomore Josh Hembrough surpassed the NCAA provisional standard for the fifth and sixth times this season, posting a preliminary time of 7.89 and following with a time of 7.88 in the finals to take fifth place overall. Sophomore Chris Thoman and senior Ben Pax were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the men's pole vault with matching heights of 5.05 meters (16-06.75). Junior Adetayo Adesanya was seventh in the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.07 meters (6-09.50).
The Purdue women claimed several place-winning performances, including junior Nkeiru Ugwoaba's fifth-place showing in the triple jump and sophomore Emily Breslin's sixth-place effort in the high jump. Ugwoaba posted a mark of 12.26 (40-02.75), while Breslin cleared 1.71 meters (5-07.25). Senior Ranay Harvey was seventh in the women's 60-meter hurdles, advancing through the prelims with a time of 8.58, and crossing the line in 8.54 in the finals.
Lengacher narrowly missed the NCAA provisional time in the women's 800-meter run, crossing the line ninth in a season-best time of 2:09.33. Stalzer had an impressive performance in the women's 600-yard run, taking ninth overall with her time of 1:26.21, and posting the fifth fastest by a Big Ten runner.
Sophomore Jacob Palmer posted a huge season best in the men's unseeded 800-meter run, crossing the line fourth in 1:53.62 and marking the second-fastest time by a Boilermaker this season, and sophomore Andy Dunn and freshman Gabe Pirtle grabbed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the men's unseeded 400-meter dash. Pirtle's time of 49.33 is his season-best mark in the event. On the women's side, sophomore NaTasha Blair was sixth in the unseeded 400-meter dash, crossing the line in a season-best time of 58.48.
The Boilermakers have just one meet left before the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosting the annual Boilermaker Invitational next Saturday in Lambert Fieldhouse.