April 21, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up the Dave Rankin Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Rankin Track and Field. The Boilermakers won a total of 17 events during the weekend's action.
On the men's side, Jakob Engel took the top spot in the shot put. The junior threw a best of 17.68m (58-00.25). That mark won by more than six feet. Zack Saunders was the top finisher in the pole vault. Though he cleared the same height as teammates Kyle Campbell and Byron Ferrell, Saunders' 4.81m (15-09.25) won based on the fact that he cleared the height on his first attempt. Seth Virgil won the long jump with a mark of 7.15m (23-05.50). Shawn Nickleson finished third in the event with a 6.84 (22-05.25). Geoff Davis took the top spot in the high jump. Davis cleared 2.18m (7-01.75) to win by seven inches.
The men's 4x100m relay team finished with the fastest time. Virgil, Brandon Winters, Shane Mikesky, and Mario Cosey finished in 42.17 to earn the victory. That time won by .77 seconds. Winters and Mikesky also went one-two in the 110m hurdles. Winters ran a 14.20 while Mikesky was right behind with a 14.86 second time. Kevin Griffith, Tyler Wynn, and Dan Porter swept the top three spots in the 800m run. Griffith ran a 1:52.35 while Wynn posted a 1:55.07 and Porter crossed the line in 1:55.83. Cosey finished first in the 200m dash. The freshman ran a 21.41 second time to win by nine hundredths of a second. The Purdue men also won the 4x400m relay. The team of Chris Arvia, Rob McNair, Andrew Kendrick, and Griffith finished in 3:17.75 which won by over a second.
On the women's side, Dani Bunch and Terri Anderson took the top two spots in the shot put. Bunch threw 15.25m (50-00.50) while Anderson finished with a distance of 14.81m (48-07.25). Nikki Nunn finished runner-up in the long jump. The sophomore finished with a mark of 5.57m (18-3.25), just 6.75 inches short of the top distance. Elise Glass, Taylor Morrison, and Ebony Woodard finished two-three-four in the 400m dash. Glass ran a 56.06 while Morrison and Woodard had times of 56.46 and 56.63, respectively.
Kari Shoolbraid won the women's 800m run. She finished more than four seconds out front with a time of 2:07.63. That time is also less than a second off the school record. Morgan Monroe won the women's 400m hurdles. She finished in 1:00.91 which was more than two seconds ahead of the next finisher. Glass and Woodard also finished second and third in the 200m run. Glass ran 24.92 and Woodard had a time of 24.95 seconds. The Purdue women won the 4x400m relay. Woodard, Shoolbraid, Monroe, and Morrison finished in 3:48.06 to win by more than four seconds.
The Boilermakers will be back in home action again next weekend. The teams will host the annual Purdue Open.