April 7, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Purdue track and field teams had a great opening day at the Sun Angel Classic on Friday. The Boilermakers swept the collegiate 5000m races including the second fastest time in school history by Cale Allen.
Allen ran a career-best race for the Purdue men. The junior finished with a time of 14:03.91. Not only is that the second fastest time in program lore, but it also is the ninth fastest time in the nation and tops for the Big Ten Conference. He won by a wide margin of more than seven seconds.
For the women, Kelly McCurdy ran a great race for the Boilermakers. The junior won the collegiate race by over 11 seconds with a time of 16:39.04. That time is currently the 23rd fastest time in the country and the second best in the Big Ten.
Purdue also competed in the hammer throws on Friday. Emily Leckenby finished 17th with a distance of 48.66m (159-08) while Dani Bunch did not place after fouling on all three attempts. On the men's side, Cal Luby finished eighth and Jakob Engel took 13th. Luby threw 55.15m (180-11) while Engel finished with a mark of 48.44m (158-11).
The Boilermakers will continue the meet tomorrow. Full heat sheets can be found in the events preview at PurdueSports.com. Though live results won't be available, check PurdueSports.com for a live blog of the day's action.