April 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up action at the Jesse Owens Track Classic on Saturday. Leah Eber was the top finisher for Purdue as she tied the school record in the long jump with a mark of 6.45m (21-02.00).
On the men's side, Geoff Davis won the high jump. The junior cleared 2.10m (6-10.75) to win the event by four inches. Mitch Erickson had a top five finish in the pole vault. He cleared 4.90m (16-00.75) on his second attempt at the height which gave him the fifth place finish. Zack Saunders and Byron Ferrell finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Both cleared 4.75m (15-07.00).
Brandon Winters took fourth in the men's 110m hurdles. He finished in 14.24 seconds. That time was just 0.21 seconds off the top collegiate time. Rob McNair took fifth in the 400m dash while Andrew Kendrick took seventh. McNair finished in 49.15 while Kendrick posted a 49.52. Mario Cosey had a terrific day on the track. He finished second in the 100m dash. He ran a time of 10.79 seconds, just .04 behind the winner. Cosey saved his best performace for the 200m dash. He won the event with a 21.77 second time. Winters finished fifth in the 200m exactly half a second behind Cosey.
For the women, Eber won the long jump with her school record tying mark. She tied Leah Kincaid's mark from 2008. Dani Bunch took third in the shot put. The sophomore threw 15.67m (51-05.00). That distance was a half inch out of second place and two inches from the top mark. Terri Anderson took seventh in the event. She threw 14.17m (46-06.00).
Ciana Tabb finished 12th in the women's 100m hurdles. She finished with a time of 14.33 seconds. Taylor Morrison took eighth in the 400m dash. She ran a time of 56.10 seconds. Elise Glass was 11th in that race. She crossed the finish line in 56.75 seconds. Kari Shoolbraid took second in the 800m run. She finished less than a second off the top time. Shoolbraid ran a 2:10.12.
The Boilermakers will be home for the next two weekends as they host a pair of events. Next weekend, Purdue will host the Dave Rankin Invitational. The following weekend, the Old Gold and Black will put on the Purdue Open.