March 2, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Purdue women's track and field team posted its best indoor conference finish in the last six years, taking home seventh at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Minnesota over the weekend. The Boilermakers tallied 40 team points on the strength of a pair of silver medal performances.
Senior Astin Steward claimed the silver medal in the weight throw, hurling it 19.57 meters (64-02.50), while sophomore Stacey Wannemacher gave the Old Gold and Black two scorers in the event, picking up sixth with a toss of 17.39 meters (57-00.75). Senior Leah Kincaid scored in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles, taking fifth in the dash with a career-best time of 7.59, and earning fourth in the hurdles in 8.37.
Second-year Christina Madison posted a personal-best in the triple jump, earning seventh place with her leap of 12.15 meters (39-10.50). Fellow sophomore Ashlee Lengacher grabbed fifth place in the 800-meter run, scoring at the conference meet for the first time in her career with a time of 2:10.11.
The Boilermakers picked up a point in the coveted Crimson and Gold Cup standings overtaking archrival Indiana University, which finished ninth. With the Purdue men topping the Hoosiers at the indoor championships as well, the Boilermakers draw even in the standings with six points apiece.
A few athletes will take one last shot at NCAA qualification next weekend at the Notre Dame Last Chance meet.