May 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrapped up and two Boilermakers are Big Ten Champions. Leah Eber repeated as the women's long jump champion and Dani Bunch won the shot put title to put the women in third place.
Eber repeated as the long jump champion after she leapt 6.21m (20-04.50). Last year she won the event with a jump of 5.96m (19-06.75) though the conditions were not favorable. Eber won this year's event over Todea-Kay Willis of Minnesota who jumped 6.17m (20-03.00). Nikki Nunn also competed in the event and finished 13th after posting 5.57m (18-03.25). Bunch brought it in a big way in the shot put. The sophomore threw 16.46m (54-00.00) to win by more than eight inches over Monique Riddick of Indiana. Bunch's throw eclipsed last year's winning mark of 16.10m (52-09.75) by Faith Sherrill. She also broke the facility record and her own personal record. Terri Anderson also scored for the Boilermakers in the event. She finished sixth with a throw of 15.61m (51-02.50) to earn four points.
Stephanie Bonk and Kaitlyn Brace also scored for the Purdue women. Bonk finished fourth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:16.94. That time was just over 4.5 seconds off the winning time run by Michigan State's Leah O'Connor. Brace picked up fifth place points in the javelin throw. The freshman threw a distance of 44.87m (147-02). Penn State took the top two spots in the event with Laura Loht finished first and Lauren Kenney taking second with throws of 49.05m (160-11) and 48.57 (159-04), respectively. Kari Shoolbraid also advanced through the prelims. The junior qualified for the finals in the 800m run with a time of 2:07.24. That time was second fastest in the event.
Bre'Anna Smith just missed qualifying for the finals in the 800m run. She finished in 12th place with a time of 2:09.24. That time was just 0.80 seconds off the final qualifying time. Ciana Tabb qualified for the women's 100m hurdles finals. Tabb ran a time of 13.75 seconds which put her in eighth place. The 4x100m relay team also qualified for the finals. The team consisting of Tabb, Eber, Elise Glass, and Taylor Morrison ran a time of 46.42 seconds to finish eighth in the prelims.
On the men's side, Geoff Davis finished tied for third in the high jump. Davis cleared 2.17m (7-01.50) which was the same as the second place finisher, Darius King of Indiana. Derek Druin of Indiana won the event after clearing 2.31m (7-07.00). Brandon Winters qualified for the finals in the 110m hurdles. Winters finished in fifth place with a time of 14.07 seconds. The men's 4x100m relay team also pushed through the prelims. The team of Shawn Nickleson, Andrew Kendrick, Winters, and Mario Cosey finished in 40.54 seconds. Kevin Griffith narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the 800m run. Griffith ran a time of 1:49.69 to finished 11th. The final qualifying time was 1:49.28.
The Purdue women are in third place with 32 points. Wisconsin leads the way with 52 points and Penn State is second with 39. The Boilermaker men are in 11th place with 10.5 points. Wisconsin is in the lead with 62 points while Indiana is second with 44. Nebraska is third with 42.5 points.
The third and final day of the championships will be Sunday. Start times can be found at the top of the page. Live results will be available at PurdueSports.com.