April 24, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Purdue women's track and field team got the Boilermakers off to an amazing start at the 2008 Penn Relays, winning the Championship of America in a pair of events and medaling in two others. Senior Leah Kincaid and junior Kara Patterson led the charge as Kincaid topped the field in the women's long jump, while Patterson won her second career Penn Relays title in the women's javelin.
Kincaid edged out her previous career best and Purdue outdoor record in the long jump, leaping 6.33 meters (20-09.25), while Patterson nearly broke a few records with a toss of 56.10 meters (184-00), which is the second-longest throw in the history of the Penn Relays. The mark is six centimeters shy of the record of 56.16 meters, and nine centimeters short of her personal best of 56.19 meters. Patterson also moved from third to second in the country in the javelin, passing up 2007 All-American Rachel Yurkovich of Oregon, while Kincaid climbed from 20th to 14th in the nation in the Division I long jump standings.
Sophomore Stacey Wannemacher and senior Astin Steward fell just shy of meet titles as Wannemacher took home second place in the Women's Shot Put Championship of America, and just missed matching her career record, with a mark of 15.45 meters (50-08.25), while Steward placed third in the Women's Hammer Throw Championship of American with a throw of 59.37 meters (194-09).
Wannemacher followed her shot put performance with a mark of 44.54 meters (146-01) in the collegiate division women's discus, good for third place. Fellow second-year Christina Madison competed in the collegiate women's long jump, but failed to make the finals with a preliminary distance of 5.79 meters (19-00.00).
The Boilermakers' distance medley relay squad of junior Lauren Scott, sophomores Kristin Phillips and Ashlee Lengacher and freshman Kristina Krasich closed out the day with a second-place finish in the collegiate division, nearly breaking Purdue's outdoor record with a time of 11:26.80.