Boilermakers Come Close At Alex Wilson Invitational

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Junior Emily Breslin matched her career best in the women's high jump for the second straight meet on Friday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Junior Emily Breslin matched her career best in the women's high jump for the second straight meet on Friday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 5, 2010

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams had a solid showing at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational on Friday, but the Boilermakers' five entries came up short of improving their season-best marks for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Sophomore Leah Eber and senior Christina Madison were unable to improve their season bests in the women's long jump despite solid performances. Eber jumped just a centimeter shy of her school record with a mark of 6.22 meters (20-05.00), while Madison leapt of 6.09 meters (19-11.75).

Senior Eric Sparks came up just short as well, clearing 5.14 meters (16-10.50), but missing on three close attempts at 5.37 meters (17-07.50). He remains on the bubble for the NCAA Indoor Championships with his top season clearance of 5.35 meters (17-06.50). Junior Chris Thoman vaulted as well on Friday, but was unable to clear a height in the competition.

Junior Emily Breslin was one height shy of a bid to nationals in the women's high jump, nearly clearing 1.83 meters (6-00.00), but settling for a final height of 1.79 meters (5-10.50) on the evening and matching her career best mark for the second straight meet.

The Boilermakers take their last shot at the national indoor championships tomorrow at the second day of the Alex Wilson Invitational and the Iowa State Qualifier. Five Boilermakers take aim in South Bend, while a trio of Purdue throwers will compete in Ames, Iowa.