Feb. 26, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Purdue men's track and field team put together seven team points on Saturday and is in 10th place after the first day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Illinois at the Armory. Senior Bill Hardcastle highlighted the first day with a fourth-place effort in the shot put, good for five team points.
Hardcastle put forth a solid effort in his final indoor conference championship meet, hurling the shot put 18.28 meters (59-11.75) to capture fourth place. The Boilermaker senior captain was just six centimeters shy of medalist honors, but he picked up the majority of Purdue's day-one points.
Fellow senior Chris Kirtz added the other two points, posting a seventh-place effort in the men's long jump. Kirtz tied for the sixth longest mark on the day at 7.32 meters (24-00.25), but lost the tie with Penn State junior Doug Moppert as they went all the way to their third-longest mark to break the deadlock.
Seniors Shane Crawford and Jacob Palmer advanced to the finals on the track tomorrow as Crawford moves on in the 60-meter dash, while Palmer looks to score in the 800-meter run. Crawford turned in the third-fastest qualifying mark, winning his heat with a time of 6.74 seconds, while Palmer grabbed the last spot in the 800 with his time of 1:52.95.
Competition resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. as the heptathlon resumes, while the Boilermakers get underway in the high jump at noon and on the track at 2:10 in the 60-meter dash finals.