March 31, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up the Mike Poehlein Invitational on Saturday at Rankin Track and Field. The Boilermakers won eight events on the day and nine in all for the invitational.
On the women's side, Maria Paolillo, Kari Shoolbraid, and Ciana Tabb had personal records. Paolillo finished 10th in the women's 5000m run with a time of 18:47.40. Shoolbraid's PR came in the 400m dash. She finished third with a time of 56.30 seconds. Tabb had a big personal best in the 100m hurdles. The sophomore finished in 13.84 seconds which was good for third place.
Terri Anderson won the women's discus throw with a throw of 46.03m (151-00). Dani Bunch finished fifth in the event with a 43.11m (141-05) throw. Bunch also took second in the shot put with a throw of 15.50m (50-10.25) while Anderson finished fourth and Liberty Slinden sixth. Nikki Nunn was the winner of the women's long jump. The sophomore jumped 5.38m (17-08.00) to win by five and a quarter inches. Morgan Monroe won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.12. The Purdue women's `A' 4x400m relay team also finished in the top spot. The group of Monroe, Shoolbraid, Ebony Woodard, and Taylor Morrison edged the Purdue `B' team, which finished second, and finished with a time of 3:48.39.
A number of other Boilermakers had nice days for the women. Kaitlyn Brace finished runner up in the javelin throw. The freshman threw 38.36m (125-10) while Kylie Hermanson and Elaine Gilbert finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Amanda Downey and Elizabeth Stover tied for second in the pole vault. Both cleared 3.45m (11-03.75). Katie Vierk finished fifth in the event while clearing the same height as her teammates.
Dana Payonk ran in good race in the women's 1500m run. She finished second with a time of 4:40.95. Jennifer Hall also had a nice comeback performance in that event. She finished fourth, crossing the finish line in 4:41.22. Blair Doney, Autumn Beachy, and Linsey Daluga finished in order for fifth, sixth, and seventh place. Morrison took second in the 400m dash. She ran a 56.08 to edge Shoolbraid as well as Woodard who finished third.
On the men's side, Geoff Davis took a shot at the school record in the high jump. After clearing 2.20m (7-02.50), he decided to try seven feet five inches, which would tie the school mark. His final attempt was his closest, but he narrowly missed. Still, he won the event with the nation's third best mark to date. Mario Cosey won the 200m dash. The freshman ran a time of 21.84 seconds which gave him the win by .01.
Seth Virgil claimed the top spot in the long jump. The junior leapt 7.20m (23-07.50) with his second overall jump. Shawn Nickelson finished second in his comeback performance. He jumped 7.03m (23-00.75). Dominic DeSantis and Brett Klosterhoff finished third and fourth in the 1500m run. DeSantis finished in 4:00.70 while Klosterhoff crossed the line in 4:01.05. Jakob Engel finished runner-up in the shot put. He finished with a distance of 17.10m (56-01.25), just 11 and one half inches shorter than the winner.
Brandon Winters was the winner of the 100m hurdles. He ran a time of 14.26 seconds which won by .15 seconds. Rob McNair was runner-up in the 400m dash. He finished with a time of 48.66 seconds. Cosey and Winters finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100m dash. Cosey was off the lead time by .23 seconds.
The Boilermakers will be back in action next weekend. The teams will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take part in the Sun Angel Classic. The start times of the two day invitational have not yet been announced, but the classic will be on Friday and Saturday.