Feb. 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up their final indoor home meet of the season and tied a school record in the process. Geoff Davis cleared 2.26m (7-05.00) in the high jump to tie Shaun Guice's record from 2001.
"Meets like this are a great confidence booster," head coach Lonnie Greene said. "It's exciting to me that these kids are seeing what we have been telling them all along. They have stepped up in some big spots and now they're going to have a chance on a big stage. These kids are capable of doing big things and they have showed that all season. We have improved every week and showed that we are capable of running with people in the Big Ten. We have the confidence, now we need to get rested and recover because this is it."
Davis was ready to go from the start in the high jump. The senior started at 2.00m (6-06.75) and cleared it with room on his first attempt. He then cleared the next two bars, again on his first attempt with both, until he had an attempt at his personal record, 2.23m (7-03.75). Again, Davis stepped up and cleared it on his first attempt. Next was his shot at tying the school record. With the crowd on its feet, Davis cleared it on his first shot. It was the first time a Boilermaker cleared 2.26m (7-05.00) since 2001 with Guice. Davis also tied the facility record, also held by Guice, with his winning jump.
"I think we are peaking at the right time this season," said Greene. "It is all coming together at the right time. It is all coming together. This group is improving and getting better and better every week. I can't wait until we transition to the Big Ten and National Championships phase. We have some big things ahead of us."
The men's throwers had a huge day as well. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi moved into fourth place all-time in program history in the shot put. The freshman ended with a mark of 18.66m (61-02.75) to win the event. That distance is also good for the nation's 16th-best mark this season. Coy Blair didn't make it easy on his teammate. The freshman also threw a personal best of 18.58m (60-11.50) to move into fifth place all-time in Purdue history and finish second in the event. Blair's distance is 17th-best in the nation this season. Jakob Engel finished third in the event with a throw of 18.01m (59-01.25) which would be 39th in the country, though he already possesses the 32nd-best distance. Jordan Roos took fourth in the event with a personal best of 17.65m (57-11.00). That distance is 55th in the country.
Dani Bunch had a solid day in the women's throws. The junior finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 20.29m (66-07.00). Bunch also finished third in the shot put with a throw of 16.54m (54-03.25). Her shot put distance would have been a facility record, though Brittany Smith of Illinois State won the event with a throw of 16.93m (55-06.50). Ashley Duncan, unattached, finished second with a throw of 16.80m (55-01.50).
Ciana Tabb ran a PR in the women's 60m hurdles on Saturday. Tabb qualified for the finals with a prelim time of 8.55 seconds. That was the fastest time in the prelims. In the finals, Tabb finished second overall with a time of 8.52 seconds. Tamika Robinson, unattached, won the race with a time of 8.51 seconds. Twylan Winfrey won the women's 60m dash in personal record timing. The freshman ran a time of 7.68 seconds in the finals to win the event by .08 second.
Kristin Fritts had a personal-best time in the women's mile. The sophomore won the event with a time of 5:04.11. With conversions, her time is listed as 5:01.13. The women's 4x400m relay team won the race by nearly nine seconds. The team ran a season-best of 3:45.49 which is converted to 3:42.54.
On the men's side, Eric Harris and Mario Cosey went one-two in the 200m dash. Harris finished with a time of 21.67 seconds while Cosey crossed the line in 22.05 seconds. Andrew Kendrick was also a winner on the day. He finished the 400m dash in 48.98 seconds. The Boilermakers won 17 events total on the day.
Purdue will compete next at the Big Ten Championships. The two-day meet will take place on Friday, Feb. 22nd and Saturday, Feb. 23rd in Geneva, Ohio. Live scoring and blogging will be available on PurdueSports.com.