May 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue track and field teams finished the first day at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Friday. The men currently sit in ninth place with five points while the women are tied for ninth with zero points as only two events have been completed.
On the women's side, Emily Leckenby and Dani Bunch competed in the hammer throw. Leckenby finished in a tie for 13th with a throw of 54.24m (177-11) while Bunch finished in 23rd with a distance of 51.27m (168-02). The winner was Beth Rohl of Michigan State. She threw 62.87m (206-03). Emily Becker was the only other Boilermaker to compete on the day and she was in the heptathlon. She finished 16th in the 200m dash with a time of 26.72 seconds. She finished 13th in the 100m dash after crossing the line in 14.56 seconds. The sophomore's best event on the day was the high jump where she finished third. Becker cleared 1.70m (5-07.00) which was two and a quarter inches short of the top finisher. In the shot put, Becker finished ninth. She threw 11.19m (36-08.50).
On the men's side, Mitch Erickson put Purdue on the board with a fourth place finish in the pole vault. The sophomore cleared 5.16m (16-11.00) to earn five points for the Boilermakers. Zach Saunders and Byron Ferrell both cleared 4.81m (15-09.25) to tie for 18th place. Cal Luby was the only other Purdue male to compete on Friday. The senior finished 21st in the hammer throw with a distance of 54.02m (177-03).
Penn State leads on the women's side with 18 points. Nebraska and Ohio State are in a tie for second with 13 apiece. Wisconsin has the lead on the men's side with 26 points. Minnesota is in second with 21.5 points while Michigan is in third with 18.
The Boilermakers will be back in action on Saturday as they continue their quest at the Big Ten Championships.