April 17, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams took full advantage of competing on their home track on Saturday, rolling out a series of impressive marks at the fourth-annual Dave Rankin Invitational. Senior Brianna Neumann and freshman Geoff Davis highlighted the list as Neumann broke the Boilermakers school record in the women's pole vault for the second straight week, while Davis nearly broke the Purdue record in the men's high jump.
Neumann pushed the Boilermakers' outdoor record in the women's pole vault to 4.17 meters (13-08.25) last weekend at the Georgia Spec Towns National Team Invitational, but climbed higher on Saturday, clearing 4.20 meters (13-09.75) to win the meet. Her mark is second in the Big Ten this season and matches the 20th-best mark in the country.
Davis cleared a career-best 2.22 meters (7-03.25) on Saturday, matching the top mark in the Big Ten and the No. 5 height in the nation this season to win the men's high jump. He just missed clearing a Purdue record height of 2.26 meters (7-05.00), but his mark did tie the second-best outdoor clearance in school history, matching Boilermaker great Shaun Guice.
Sophomore Terri Anderson crushed her previous career best in the discus throw, topping the field with a toss of 51.27 meters (168-02). She surpassed Amy Hogan on the Boilermakers' all-time list in the event, moving to fourth in school history and now ranks third in the Big Ten and 18th in the country.
Junior teammate Emily Breslin smashed her personal record in the women's high jump, taking home the meet title with a mark of 1.80 meters (5-10.75). She's now tied for the conference lead in the event and is tied for eighth in the nation. Sophomore Leah Eber posted similar success in the women's long jump, winning the event and stretching her career best to 6.26 meters (20-06.50), good for second in the conference and tied for 22nd in the nation.
The impressive showings continued on the track as senior Sarah Klaczynski ran her second straight personal record on her home track in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, besting the field on Saturday with a time of 10:45.12. The mark improves the fourth-fastest time in school history and is good for third in the Big Ten this year.
Seniors Eric Sparks and Nkeiru Ugwoaba turned in other winning marks on the day as Sparks topped the men's pole vault with a mark of 5.20 meters (17-00.75) and Ugwoaba won the women's triple jump at 12.36 meters (40-06.75). The Boilermakers' women's and men's 4x400-meter relay squads emerged victorious as well as the women posted a time of 3:51.93, while the men crossed the line in 3:18.19.
The Boilermakers remain home next weekend, hosting the Purdue Outdoor Open on Friday and Saturday at Rankin Track.