Gene Edmonds Open Kicks Off Home Slate
Jan. 12, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The track & field teams open 2018 with their first home meet of the year as the Boilermakers host the Gene Edmonds Open. Purdue will be joined by 11 other schools in the meet, which is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET at Lambert Fieldhouse with the men’s weight throw. Track events will begin at 12:15 with the women’s 60-meter dash.

The Gene Edmonds Open is named after the former Purdue throws coach and Hall of Fame official. The event is in its 23rd-consecutive year. For the first 18 years, the meet was a dual between Purdue and Indiana State, with the Gene Edmonds Cup presented to the winner. The Boilermakers won the trophy all 18 years.

Edmonds coached the Purdue throwers for eight years during the 1990s and mentored several elite student-athletes, including national champion Toyinda Smith. Edmonds also has been an official from youth to Olympic level and was inducted into the USATF National Officials Hall of Fame on Dec. 6. 2013.

This year, Purdue welcomes Calumet-St. Joseph, Indianapolis, IUPUI, Indiana Tech, Kennesaw State, Lindenwood, Maryville, Murray State, Southern Indiana, Vincennes and Western Kentucky.

The 26th-ranked women’s team enters the meet with four top-12 marks in the country. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team currently has the fastest time in the nation. That race will wrap up the day’s action at approximately 5:45 p.m. Among the runners on that relay team is Symone Black, who ranks sixth in the country in the 400-meter dash so far in the season.

The women’s throws have a pair of individuals in the top 12. Sarah Loesch is currently 10th in the country in the weight throw, while Micaela Hazlewood is 12th in the shot put. Both are scheduled to compete Saturday.

On the men’s side, Justin Veteto and Waseem Williams had strong starts to the season and both rank in the top 15 in the country. Williams, a redshirt freshman, is 13th in the country in the 60-meter dash, while Veteto, a senior, is 12th in the 60-meter hurdles. Another freshman who had a great debut is Rahman Minor. The high jumper is currently seventh in the country and will jump at Lambert Fieldhouse for the first time as a Boilermaker on Saturday. He will compete alongside senior Eric Blackman, who ranks 15th nationally in the event.

A live results link and heat sheets will be posted as soon as they become available.

For live updates, including results and pictures, throughout the meet, follow @PurdueTrackXC on Twitter.



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