April 26, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Boilermakers broke three more school records on the second day of the Drake Relays, bringing the two-day total to four with one more day of competition remaining. Purdue broke a pair of relay records and a program mark in a throwing event, to bring the season total for new school records, indoors and out, to 15.
Dani Bunch was the first to take down a school record on Friday, a day after Matthew McClintock broke the Purdue 5k record. The senior had easily her best and most consistent day of the season. She opened with a throw of 16.64m (54-07.00), which would have been good enough to win the event. On her next throw, Bunch broke her own school record with a throw of 17.16m (56-03.75), besting her previous mark by 1.25 inches. Though that would end up being her best throw, Bunch had one other throw over 17m, and two others over 16.90m. The reigning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week won the event by two feet, 10 inches. Her mark currently ranks sixth in the country and the best in the Big Ten.
The men’s 4x400m relay team was next to take down a program record. The team of Andre Peart, Andrew Kendrick, Obokhare Ikpefan and Chris Arvia ran a time of 3:07.78 to break the all-time Purdue record of 3:08.13 by Troy Furnival, Alvin McNair, Don Anderson and Regan Scruggs from 1984. The new Purdue record finished 11th in the race and ranks 24th in the country.
The women’s 4x800m relay team was the final group to take down a Purdue record. Running in the rarely contested event, BreAnna Smith, Megan Plenus, Kiara McIntosh and Kari Shoolbraid ran away with the race as they posted a time of 8:34.19. That shatters the 30-year old record time of 8:37.96 set by Cindy Cassell, Jymette Bonnivier, Jeannie Molohon and Becky Cotta from 1984. The new record-holders won by more than 4.5 seconds.
Several other Boilermakers also had great days on the track. The men’s 4x200m relay team of Eric Harris II, Raheem Mostert, Kendrick and Peart ran a time of 1:23.07, good for second place just over a half-second behind the winners from Georgia. The Purdue team narrowly missed the school record time of 1:22.31 that was set in 2003.
Shoolbraid had a busy day of competition. Aside from running a leg of the 4x800m relay, she also competed in the seeded section of the 800m run. A week after setting the school record in the event, the senior finished eighth with a time of 2:06.69, just over two seconds off her record time.
Brandon Winters didn’t have his fastest day on the track, but that didn’t stop the senior for qualifying for the 110m hurdles finals. Winters took sixth in the prelims with a time of 14.15 seconds, into a wind of 0.4 meters per second, and was exactly a half second off the top time. Winters will run in the finals on Saturday.
The men’s 4x100m relay team also qualified for Saturday’s finals. The team of Tyler Askew, Mostert, Kendrick and Harris II ran a time of 39.97 seconds, which was good for fifth in the prelims. The time missed the school record by 0.47 of a second, but does rank tied for 25th in the country.
Nikki Nunn had her third-best mark of the outdoor season and took fourth in the event on Friday. Nunn leapt 6.13m (20-01.50) to finish one centimeter, half an inch, behind third. The women’s 4x400m team also took fourth and will advance to Saturday’s finals. The team of Taylor Morrison, Aarin Jones, Shoolbraid and Smith finished with a time of 3:36.14 to earn an automatic qualification. The team’s time missed the school record by 0.79 of a second and ranks 28th. It is a season-best time for Purdue.
The Boilermakers have another full day of competition on Saturday, including a handful of finals. Live results can be view by clicking the link on the schedule. Full results and a recap will be posted to PurdueSports.com following the completion of the meet.