May 26, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Purdue track and field teams completed the NCAA East Preliminary round on Saturday with four more Boilermakers in action. Mitch Erickson, Geoff Davis, Cale Allen, and Jakob Engel took their final chance at qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Erickson finished in a tie for 16th place in the pole vault with a new personal best. Erickson cleared 5.27m (17-03.50) which was the same height as the three individuals that tied for 10th place and advanced to the NCAA Championships. However, based on a jump off, Erickson came up short on his championships hopes. Hunter Hall and Kevin Schipper tied for the top spot in the pole vault. The seniors from Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, respectively, cleared 5.32m (17-05.50).
Davis finished just one bar from qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The junior cleared 2.16m (7-01.00). However, the height was one and a quarter inch shy of qualifying. The top 12 finishers all cleared the same height, 2.19m (7-02.25). Engel also came up short on his bid for a trip to Drake University and a shot at the NCAA Championships. The junior threw 17.21m (56-05.75) on his second throw while his first and third attempts were foul. Engel’s third throw drew a protest as it was called foul, but seemed to be very close. Despite the pleas of the Purdue coaching staff, the ruling was upheld leaving Engel in 28th place.
Allen was the final competitor for the Old Gold and Black. The junior ran in the men’s 5k and took 44th place with a time of 14:59.49. That time was just over 40 seconds off of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Paul Chelimo of UNC-Greensboro took the top spot as the sophomore crossed the line in 14:00.51.
A full recap of Saturday's results can be found here.
Two Boilermakers did qualify for the Championships on Thursday. Leah Eber will compete in two weeks at Drake in the long jump. Dani Bunch also qualified and will vie for the shot put title. A full preview of the event will be available at PurdueSports.com the week leading up to the championships.