March 22, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Purdue track team wrapped up the first day of the SEC-Big Ten Challenge. Three Boilermakers were in action as Coy Blair, Caleb Fricke, and Caleb Reiff all competed in the men’s hammer throw.
Blair was the top finisher among Purdue throwers. The freshman took fifth place with a throw of 49.56m (162-7.50). Reiff and Fricke finished back-to-back with ninth and 10th place finishes, respectively. Reiff had a best throw of 41.56m (136-4.50). Fricke was just three feet and a half inch shy of that mark as he threw 40.63m (133-4). The winning mark came from Brett Ramirez of Illinois. He finished with a mark of 55.72m (182-10) to score 10 points for the Big Ten.
“Our guys did well,” throws coach Keith McBride said. “They went out and competed. All of them are learning the event and it is the secondary event for each of them. It was cold and rainy, so given the factors, they competed well. These guys are upcoming in the event so this is a good learning experience. Tomorrow is much more important day for all of them so that is what we are looking forward to. We just needed to get some work in today and I expect us to be ready to come out and compete well tomorrow.”
The SEC leads the Big Ten on the men’s side 18-13. On the women’s side, the SEC leads 30-0 as no B1G women competed in the hammer throw.
Tomorrow’s action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT with the women’s javelin. The track events will begin at noon with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.