Feb. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track teams set a total of 19 personal records at the Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday. That number is the highest in the final weekend before Big Ten Championships according to head coach Jack Warner.
The women's throws group had an outstanding afternoon. Dani Bunch won the weight throw with a distance of 20.15m (66-01.50). That mark is good for her season best in the event and currently ranks 16th in the nation. Emily Leckenby finished second with an all-time personal best. Leckenby's first throw was a personal best and went 18.15m (59-06.00). The senior followed that throw up with an even better mark of 18.46m (60-06.75) which earned her the runner-up finish. Breann Fife also had a PR in the weight throw. Fife threw a distance of 17.12m (56-02.00) with her fourth throw to earn fourth place.
Kendria Kelly-Taylor posted a personal record in the women's long jump. The sophomore earned third place with a jump of 5.31m (17-05.25). Kelly-Taylor also had a personal best in the triple jump. She leapt 11.36m (37-03.25) to win the event. Bunch had a nice day in the shot put in addition to her weight throw performance. The sophomore finished second in the event with an all-time best of 16.09m (52-09.50). Terri Anderson also had a career best in the event. Anderson finished third with a mark of 15.01m (49-03.00). Liberty Slinden finished fourth with a distance of 14.62m (47-11.75).
Emily Becker matched her best in the high jump. Becker cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) to earn the top finish. A number of Boilermakers had career days in the women's mile. Stephanie Bonk finished second with a time of 5:05.90 while Autumn Beachy finished third with a time of 5:06.28. Both of those times were PRs. Dani Sullivan ran a PR while unattached. She finished seventh with a time of 5:09.92. Maria Paolillo also had a personal best with a time of 5:36.78.
Ciana Tabb had a nice day in the 60m hurdles. She finished first with a time of 8.66 seconds, just off of her career best. Bre'Anna Smith ran her best time en route to a win in the 600m run. She posted a time of 1:34.90. Megan Plenus finished second in the event with a 1:37.59. Alice Feslier Holmes won the 1000m run with a career best time of 2:57.09. Dana Payonk finished second in the event with a 3:06.23.
On the men's side, the Boilermakers had a nice day as well. Gary Bush won the long jump with a leap of 6.89m (22-07.25). Akeem Hunt finished fourth in the event with a jump of 6.58m (21-07.25). In the pole vault, Kyle Campbell and Zack Saunders took the top two spots. Campbell cleared a height of 4.95m (16-02.75) while Saunders cleared 4.80 (15-09.00). Jakob Engel finished second in the shot put. The junior threw a distance of 16.73m (54-10.75).
Three Boilermakers qualified for the 60m high hurdles finals. Brandon Winters took the top spot with a career best-tying time of 7.97 seconds. Shane Mikesky finished with a season best time of 8.09 seconds which was good for third while Mike Willey finished in sixth with a time of 8.30 seconds. Josh Lee won the men's 400m dash. He crossed the finish line in 49.64 seconds.
Five Purdue men qualified for the finals in the 60m dash. Akeem Hunt ran a personal best time of 6.89 seconds in the prelims to advance while Mario Cosey ran a 6.99 to move on. Ishmael Aristide, Winters, and Mikesky also advanced. In the finals, Cosey finished second with a time of 7.01 seconds while Aristide finished fourth with a 7.06. Cosey also finished second in the 200m dash with a time of 22.05 seconds.
Kevin Griffith ran a career best time in the 600m run. He finished first with a time of 1:20.38 while Mitch Keyser was just behind him with a time of 1:21.16, good for second place. Dan Porter and Tyler Wynn finished one-two in the 1000m run. Porter finished in 2:31.73 and Wynn crossed the line in 2:34.43.
The Boilermakers wrapped up their indoor home schedule with Saturday's meet. They will travel to Lincoln, Neb., next week for the two day Big Ten Indoor Championships. The Championships will begin on Friday and wrap up the following day.