Feb. 15, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up the home slate for the indoor season on Saturday. The Boilermakers turned in several great performances, including Cierra Brown's school-record in the triple jump.
Brown leapt a personal record on her second attempt as she recorded a mark of 12.86m (42-02.25). She wouldn't be done though. On her next attempt, the sophomore became the first Purdue woman to ever leap 13m, indoors or out, as she had a mark of 13.00m (42-08.00). That mark breaks a five-year-old school record that was held by Nkeiru Ugwoaba, who's best was 12.90m (42-04.00). She also moved ahead of now-assistant coach Angela Goodman whose career-best was 12.82m (42-00.75). The broke the Lambert Fieldhouse record of 12.93m (42-05.25) by D. Sommerville which has stood since 1991. Brown broke her own personal best by nearly a foot (11.25 inches). Her new mark ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth nationally. Brown also had a PR in the 60m hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 8.57 seconds.
Devynne Charlton was another Boilermaker with a career day in the home finale. The freshman qualified for the 60m dash finals with a prelim time of 7.66 seconds, the second-fastest time. In the finals, she turned on the jets and finished second after crossing the line in 7.58 seconds. The time beat her previous best by 0.01 of a second and moves her up to sixth-place by herself in Purdue history. Charlton also had her best performance in the 200m dash. She ran a second-place time of 25.05 seconds. That time converts to 24.67 seconds, which is the fourth-fastest time in program history. Charlton decided to carry her career day into three events as she also ran a PR in the 60m hurdles. The Nassau, Bahamas, native qualified for the finals with the second-fastest time in prelims, after finishing in 8.54 seconds. In the finals, she took second with her fastest time as a Boilermaker and the fourth-best time in program history, 8.44 seconds. Charlton is just 0.01 of a second out of third, which is held by teammate Ciana Tabb. Charlton is seventh in the conference this season.
Amanda Downey set a PR in the pole vault on her way to winning the event. Downey cleared 3.81m (12-06.00) which is an all-time personal best by 8.25 inches. She beat her teammate Jessica Harter who also had a PR on the afternoon. Harter cleared 3.66m (12-00.00), which is a PR by 10.25 inches.
In the 400m dash, Aarin Jones was out front for most of the race. She led for nearly 300m and almost came back at the finish line, before taking second with a time of 55.88 seconds. That time converts to a 55.14, which is just off her career-best time of 55.04 seconds from last year.
Kari Shoolbraid had a banner day in the women's 600m. The senior ran a personal-best time of 1:30.40 which, by itself, is the second-best time in program history. After conversion, though, Shoolbraid's time is better than Rachel Stalzer's mark of 1:30.24 from 2010. Shoolbraid's previous best was 1:31.12 from earlier this year. That time, before conversion, was the third-best in program lore.
Megan Plenus was another Boilermaker who ran a personal record. She recorded a 2:10.96 to win the women's 800m race. That time converts to a 2:09.47, which is just over one second outside the top five in program history. Plenus won the race by 0.18 of a second over Hannah Fleck of Kent State. Hope Schmelzle had a PR in the mile and finished in third place. The freshman ran a time of 4:59.05 to edge teammate Dana Payonk, who finished fourth with a time of 4:59.44. Former Boilermaker Samantha Walkow won the race with a time of 4:55.73.
The Boilermakers swept the top three spots of the women's 3k with Linsey Daluga winning with a PR. The senior finished with a time of 9:54.89, a conversion to 9:49.84. Michelle Potter finished second with a time of 9:58.40, 9:53.32 after conversion. Kristin Fritts was third with a time of 9:59.85, converted to 9:54.76. Taylor Smith was also strong in the distance, as she won the 5,000-meter run.
The women's 4x400m relay team had a season-best performance. The group of Shoolbraid, Jones, Taylor Morrison and BreAnna Smith ran a winning time of 3:43.80, which converts to 3:40.87. Dani Bunch didn't have her best day, but still did enough to win both the shot put and weight throw. The senior recorded a mark of 16.64m (54-07.25) to win the shot put and 21.37m (70-01.50) to win the weight throw. Bunch is now 12 for 12 on the year in terms of events entered and events won.
On the men's side, Raheem Mostert continued to flash his lightning speed. The junior qualified for the 60m finals with a time of 6.85 seconds in the prelims. In the finals, he took the top overall spot, after finishing with a time of 6.75 seconds. He won by 0.06 of a second. In the 200m dash, Mostert was the winner with a time of 21.45 seconds. That time converts to 21.08 seconds, which is the third-fastest time in program history. Mostert's fastest non-converted time is 21.27 seconds, which he has run twice, including last weekend.
Kevin Griffith won the men's 800m run by 2.30 seconds, after recording an impressive time. Griffith crossed the finish line in 1:51.67 seconds, which converts to 1:50.10, the third-fastest time in program history. The Boilermakers also took the top two spots in the mile with Dillon Hinen taking the top spot. Hinen finished with a time of 4:11.79, conversion to 4:08.62, while Kevin Handshoe was second after crossing the line in 4:11.97, a conversion to 4:08.80.
Caleb Kerr and Harlow Ladd finished first and second, respectively, in the 3k. Kerr finished in 8:19.43, while Ladd crossed the line in 8:31.41. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi won the men's weight throw, despite having an average day by his standards. Enekwechi finished with a mark of 22.40m (73-06.00).\
The Purdue women won their dual meet with a score of 235.5 points. Kent State was second with 141 points, while Northern Illinois was third with 48. On the men's side, the Boilermakers won with 202 points, while Ken State was second with 172. Butler was third with 11.
A handful of Boilermakers competed at Iowa State on Saturday. Jake Waterman led the group with a fifth-place finish in the 3k with a time of 8:08.89, the sixth-fastest time in Purdue history.
Purdue returns to action one final time before the Big Ten Championships. The Boilermakers head back to Notre Dame, this time for the Alex Wilson Invite.