March 2, 2008
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue men's track and field team came within 25 points of the first conference championship in school history, scoring a school record 102 team points at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin over the weekend. The Boilermakers won four individual championships en route to the third second-place finish in Purdue's history.
Sophomore Jonathan Pullum won his second career Big Ten Championship, launching a 21.57-meter weight throw to eclipse the Camp Randall Fieldhouse record and the NCAA Indoor Championship automatic qualifying mark. Senior Tyler Miller picked up another team point in the weight throw, following yesterday's bronze-medal showing in the shot put with an eighth-place mark of 18.44 meters (60-06.00).
Sophomore Adetayo Adesanya tasted Big Ten gold for the first time in his career, winning the high jump with a career-best leap of 2.14 meters (7-00.25). He led a parade of Boilermakers in the event as fellow sophomore Lance Moe placed fourth with a jump of 2.08 meters (6-09.75) and junior Chris Kirkwood grabbed seventh with a career-best mark of 2.08 meters (6-09.75).
The Boilermakers went first and third in the 60-meter hurdles as freshman Josh Hembrough took home the gold with a facility-record time of 7.81 and senior Brian Kaluf earned bronze with a career-best time of 7.94.
Senior Jh'Rome Tuggle picked up team points in a pair of events, winning the gold in the 200-meter dash and earning fourth in the 400-meter dash. Tuggle topped the 200 field with a time of 21.35 and clocked a time of 48.19 in the 400. Junior Stephen Bach followed suit in the 600-meter run, grabbing fourth with a time of 1:19.22.
Junior Nolan Petties scored in his second event of the championships, securing the bronze medal in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 15.44 meters (50-08.00).
A few athletes will take one last shot at NCAA qualification next weekend at the Notre Dame Last Chance meet before the NCAA Indoor Championships at the University of Arkansas on March 14th and 15th.