May 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four Boilermakers qualified to NCAA East Preliminary finals on a weather delayed first day of the regional. Three of the advancers automatically qualified, including two who won their heat.
Andre Peart opened the day on the track for Purdue by qualifying in the 400m hurdles. The senior had the fastest time in the fifth heat after cruising across the finish line in 51.59 seconds. His time stacked up as the 14th best overall and he will compete in Friday’s final at 7:30 p.m. ET with a bid to the NCAA Championships on the line.
Raheem Mostert was the second Boilermaker on the track Thursday and he followed Peart’s lead. Mostert was in the sixth heat and watched three false starts in the prelims, including one in his heat as the runner in the lane next to him was disqualified, before coasting to a win in 10.47 seconds into a headwind of 0.8 meters per second. His time was the 12th-fastest in prelims and he will compete in the finals on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
In the men’s 400m dash, Andrew Kendrick ran a personal record and the fifth-fastest time in program history to earn an at-large bid for Friday’s finals. Kendrick took fourth in the sixth heat of the event with a time of 46.75 seconds. The time was a PR by 0.29 of second and was the second-fastest at-large qualifier. He will compete for a shot at the NCAA Championships on Friday at 6 p.m.
BreAnna Smith was the fourth Boilermaker to qualify for a Friday final. Smith took third in the first heat of the 800m to automatically qualify for Friday’s 7:15 p.m. final. Smith ran a PR and inched up her third-fastest time in Purdue history with a mark of 2:05.11. That time held up as the ninth fastest overall.
In other Thursday action, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was 16th in the shot put and made finals, but was unable to advance. Coy Blair tied with Enekwechi for 16th, but in a tiebreaker did not make finals. Eric Harris II competed in the 100m dash and ran a 10.80 seconds time, but did not make finals. Dani Bunch was in the hammer throw, and missed finals. Nikki Nunn competed in the women’s long jump, but did not qualify for the finals. Aarin Jones was in the women’s 400m dash and came up shy of Friday’s finals. Kevin Griffith ran one of his better times in the men’s 800m with a mark of 1:49.10, but the prelims were as fast as they have been in several years, and he missed finals by 0.15 of a second. Kari Shoolbraid competed in the 800m and ran a time of 2:06.90, which was just 0.09 of a second off the last autoqualifying time.
Purdue has a full slate on Friday. The full schedule can be found below.
10 a.m.: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi – men’s hammer throw trials/finals
Noon: Jessica Harter – women’s pole vault trials/finals
5 p.m.: Brandon Winters – men’s 110m hurdles trials
5:30 p.m.: Ciana Tabb – women’s 100m hurdles trials
6 p.m.: Andrew Kendrick - men’s 400m dash finals
6:30 p.m.: Raheem Mostert - men’s 100m dash finals
7:15 p.m.: BreAnna Smith - women’s 800m run finals
7:30 p.m.: Andre Peart - men’s 400m hurdles finals
8 p.m.: Raheem Mostert – men’s 200m dash trials
8:50 p.m.: Jake Waterman – men’s 3,000m steeplechase finals
9:30 p.m.: Blair Doney and Hope Schmelzle – women’s 3,000m steeplechase finals