March 15, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Purdue track and field team wrapped up the second day of the Shamrock Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina University on Friday. Emily Becker won the heptathlon to highlight action for the Boilermakers over the first two days.
Becker competed in four events Thursday and three on Friday. In Thursday’s action, Becker finished the 100m hurdles with a first place finish in 15.24 seconds which earned her 810 points. In the high jump, she cleared 1.55m (5-01) which tied her for second place and earned her 678 points. Becker then added to her total as she won the shot put with a distance of 11.09m (36-04.75) to earn 601 points. She then wrapped up her day with the 200m dash. She finished sixth in the event with a time of 27.54 seconds earning 668 points.
On Friday, Becker didn’t have quite the day she did the previous day, but it was still enough to win the event. She finished 10th in the heptathlon long jump. She leapt 4.72m (15-06) which earned her 485 points. Becker wrapped up the day by earning 448 points in the high jump and 673 in the 800m run to finish with 4,363 points and won by 88 points over second place. Emily Watkins was also in the event and finished 13th with 3,559 points. Watkins’ place and point total would have been right near the top, but she was unable to clear a bar in the high jump and therefore did not score in the event.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was the top finisher for Purdue in the hammer throw which was completed on Thursday. The freshman finished sixth overall after throwing 58.89m (193-02). Coy Blair also competed in the event and was the second Boilermaker to finish. He took 15th overall with a distance of 51.79m (169-11).
The women’s 4x800m relay team had a nice afternoon for the Boilermakers. Megan Plenus, Bre’Anna Smith, Dana Payonk, and McKenzie Carney teamed to finish third in the event. The women finished behind Ohio State and Coastal Carolina after crossing the finish line in 9:07.85.
The Boilermakers had one man and one woman qualify to the finals in the hurdles. Brandon Winters ran a time just 0.1 second off his personal best to finish third in the prelims of the 110m hurdles. Winters ran a time of 14.17 seconds to advance to Saturday’s finals. Ciana Tabb finished fifth in the women’s 100m hurdles. Tabb finished with the same time as Winters, 14.17 seconds, and will compete in Saturday’s finals.
Purdue has the majority of its competitors left to compete on Saturday. The meet will resume at 9 a.m. ET and is set to conclude at approximately 6 p.m. A full recap and results will be posted upon completion.