Feb. 25, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -
Two more Boilermakers podiumed on the final day of the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday as Dani Bunch repeated as champion in the women's weight throw and Geoff Davis finished runner-up in the high jump.
Bunch followed up a silver medal in the shot put on Friday with an even better performance in the weight throw Saturday. With her third throw in the competition, Bunch threw a personal best of 20.93m (68-08.00). That put her in first place heading into the finals. There, Bunch watched as three other competitors threw distances within one meter of her mark, but none could top the Boilermaker's mark. Bunch earned first place in the event and 10 points for the Purdue women. On the weekend, Bunch earned 18 of Purdue's 31 points.
Leah Eber qualified for the finals in the women's triple jump. The senior needed her best mark on her third and final jump of the prelims in order to advance. She was able to leap 12.23m (40-01.50) which put her in the top nine to advance. From there, she was unable to put together a better jump and ended the event in ninth place. Stephanie Bonk ran in the women's 5000m run. She crossed the finish line in 17:15.48 which was good for 24th place.
On the men's side, the Boilermakers had some strong individual performances highlighted by Geoff Davis in the high jump. Davis cruised through his first five jumps, clearing them all on his first attempt. However, Darius King from Indiana was going bar-for-bar with him until he got to 2.16m (7-01.00). Davis cleared on his first attempt, but it took King two tries which gave the Boilermaker junior the edge. However, Davis was unable to clear 2.22m (7-03.25) which King made on his second attempt giving the Hoosier the high jump title. Davis finished second in the conference with a height of 2.19m (7-02.25).
Raheem Mostert showed his speed in the 60m dash finals. Mostert was the second last time to qualify, which put him in lane one. From there, Mostert put up the fifth fastest time in school history and a personal record of 6.77 seconds en route to a fourth place finish. His time was 0.01 seconds off of a podium finish.
Brandon Winters showed off his wheels in the 60m high hurdles finals. Winters put together a solid back half of the race and finished with a 7.97 second time. That time was originally called fourth place, but he was eventually given fifth place behind Japeth Cato of Wisconsin who beat him by mere thousandths of a second. Cale Allen ran in the men's 5k. He finished in 14th with a 14:26.91.
The Purdue women finished in ninth place overall with 31 total points. Nebraska won in its first year in the conference. On the men's side, Purdue finished 11th with 21 points. Indiana won a very close battle that came down to the 4x400 relay. Indiana ended up first with 104 points, Minnesota second with 100 and Nebraska third with 99.