March 17, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up their first outdoor meet of the season at the Shamrock Invitational on Saturday evening. The Boilermakers won several events including some top-five performances in program history.
The men swept the top three and took four of the top five spots in the shot put on the final day of the competition. Jakob Engel picked up where he left off at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The senior won the shot put with a meet record distance of 18.69m (61-04). That distance is currently third in the nation and ties for the fourth-best distance in program history with Tyler Miller from 2008. Engel moved ahead of Chris Spurrier, who held the fifth-place spot in Purdue lore, with his personal-best mark on Saturday.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi took second in the shot put for the men with a throw of 17.68m (58-00.25). That distance currently ranks 17th in the nation for outdoor marks. Jordan Roos took third with a distance of 17.37m (57-00). That mark is currently the eighth best in the nation early in the season. Coy Blair rounded out the top five in the event with a throw of 17.00m (55-09.25). That throw is currently 14th in the country.
In the women’s 1500m run, Katie Hoevet took the top collegiate spot and third place overall. The freshman ran a time of 4:35.09. That time is currently 22nd in the nation and tops in the Big Ten. Kelly McCurdy and Samantha Walkow finished fourth and fifth overall in the event. McCurdy finished in 4:36.09 while Walkow crossed the line in 4:40.78.
McCurdy also ran a great race in the 5k. The senior broke the meet record in the event by nearly three seconds as she ran a winning time of 16:39.89. That time is currently fourth in the nation. Blair Doney took third in the same event. Doney finished third with a time of 17:15.78 which is currently 16th in the nation. Walkow took fourth in the event with a time of 17:16.41 which is the nation’s 17th-best mark at the moment.
The Boilermakers also had a nice meet in the women’s long jump. Nikki Nunn won the event with a mark of 5.86m (19-02.75). Andrew Kendrick had a nice meet on the men’s side. He picked up a pair of top-10 finishes as he placed seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 21.63 seconds and third in the 400m dash with a time of 48.30 seconds.
Geoff Davis won the men’s high jump just a week after placing top five at the indoor championships. Davis cleared 2.20m (7-02.50). That height is currently tied for the national lead. Brandon Winters took second in the 110m hurdles a day after qualifying for the finals. Winters finished the final in 14.13 seconds which is just .06 second slower than his personal best. Caleb Fricke had a solid debut for the Boilermakers in the discus. The freshman took second place with a distance of 51.09m (167-07). That distance was just seven inches short of the winning mark.
The Boilermakers will return to action next weekend. The teams will travel to Starkville, Miss., to compete in the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. The event will run from Friday to Saturday.