April 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field team won 28 total events at the Dave Rankin Invitational over the weekend including 26 on Saturday. The team battled cold and windy conditions all day long.
"It went well this weekend," head coach Lonnie Greene said. "The kids competed well and I was happy about that. It wasn't quite as cold as I thought it would be, but it was tough. Overall I thought it was a good day and I was pleased."
Dani Bunch won three events over the weekend. After taking the hammer throw on Friday, she came back on Saturday with the discus and the shot put. She won the shot put by two feet, 11.75 inches with a throw of 15.64m (51-03.75). In the discus, Bunch won by nearly six feet as she had a winning throw of 48.86m (160-04). That mark is a PR for the junior by more than seven feet.
Twyla Winfrey won the 100m dash with the fastest official time of her career. The freshman posted a time of 12.35 seconds to win by .2 second. It broke her previous best by a tenth of a second, though she had a wind-aided time of 12.32 at the Sea Ray Relays a week ago. Lindsey Daluga also won her event with a personal record. Daluga posted a time of 4:39.31 to win the 1,500-meter run. That time was almost three seconds better than her previous best which she ran last season. Sharise Lund was just behind Daluga as she finished second with a time of 4:39.81. That was her first career race in the event.
Haley Goers ran a lifetime-PR in the 5,000-meter run. She won the race by more than 14 seconds with a time of 17:26.35. Her previous best was 17:33.58 which she ran at the Shamrock Invite to open the outdoor season. Kristin Fritts won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal record despite falling on the final lap. She finished in 11:16.15 which is more than three seconds better than her previous best. That time also won the race by more than 24 seconds.
On the men's side, Chris Arvia ran a season best in the 400m dash. He posted a time of 49.74 seconds to win the event by .19 second. His previous season-best time was 50.33 seconds. Brandon Winters finished second in the 110m high hurdles, just a hundredth of a second behind Purdue alum Josh Hembrough who competed unattached. Winters finished with a time of 14.11 seconds.
Jakob Engel led the talented group of shot putters in the event on Saturday. The senior threw 18.51m (60-08.75) to win by more than three feet. That mark is just seven inches shy of his outdoor best. Coy Blair took second in the event with a throw of 17.51m (57-05.50) while Chukwuebuka Enekwechi finished third with a mark of 17.29m (56-08.75).
Caleb Reiff helped round out a strong meet by the Purdue throwers. The freshman won the discus with a mark of 51.19m (167-11). That mark is a PR by 14 feet, three inches, and won the event by more than four feet. The runner-up was Caleb Fricke who threw a mark of 49.86m (163-07). That distance is just shy of his career best.
"Keith McBride led an outstanding group again today," said Greene. "All I can do is continue to tip my cap to him for the way he gets his group ready. They drop their heads and compete. Keith does great work to get his group ready to compete. They come ready to battle in the rain, snow, sunshine, and wind. Keith and his group are doing a great job."
In California at the Mt. SAC Relays, Kelly McCurdy and Matthew McClintock ran races late Friday night. McCurdy finished 30th in the 5k with a time of 16:45.82 while McClintock took 26th with a time of 14:06.25.