Boilermakers Take 10th At Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Ben Harpenau earned his second career bronze medal in the weight throw at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior Ben Harpenau earned his second career bronze medal in the weight throw at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 1, 2009

Complete Results

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Purdue men's track and field team took 10th place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by Penn State University this weekend. The Boilermakers finished with 41.5 points, led by seniors Ben Pax and Ben Harpenau, who posted third-place performances on the weekend.

After Pax claimed his first career Big Ten medal in the pole vault yesterday, Harpenau followed up with a third-place showing in the weight throw on Sunday. He marked 20.12 meters (66-00.25) on his final throw to climb from third to fourth and pick up six team points for the Boilermakers.

Junior Adetayo Adesanya cleared 2.12 meters (6-11.50) to secure fourth place in the high jump, notching five team points for Purdue and placing in his fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship meet. Classmate Lance Moe added 1.5 more team tallies, tying for seventh place with a mark of 2.06 meters (6-09.00). Moe just missed scoring in the heptathlon, finishing ninth with a total of 4,945 points. He opened the day with a career-best effort in the 60-meter hurdles, earning 816 points with a time of 8.69, but followed with only 645 points in the pole vault on a mark of 4.10 meters (13-05.25) and 639 points in the 1,000-meter run on a time of 3:02.57.

Senior Stephen Bach finished his final indoor season in grand fashion breaking the Boilermakers' 600-meter run record as he finished fifth with a time of 1:18.36. His time breaks the previous record of 1:18.49 set by Matt Hartman in 2002.

Sophomore Josh Hembrough finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, battling back from a bad start to post a time of 7.99 and earn four team points, while freshman Josh Lee earned seventh place in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 48.49 and nearly setting a personal record for the second consecutive day. Fellow rookie Mike Willey placed in his first career Big Ten Championship meet as well, taking eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.78.

 

 

Several Boilermakers will take one last shot at NCAA qualification next weekend traveling to either Notre Dame or Iowa State for Last Chance Qualifiers.