Jan. 20, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams return home this weekend as they host the 17th annual Gene Edmonds Cup. The Boilermakers have won all 16 previous meets including last year's 188-136 decision.
Every year since 1996, the Purdue and Indiana State track and field teams have gotten together in Lambert Fieldhouse to battle for the coveted Gene Edmonds Cup. The meet will be scored by awarding scores to the top two finishers from each team. Five points will be given to the individual who finishes first, three for second, two for third, and one for the fourth place finisher. In relays, only the top finishing team from Purdue and Indiana State will be awarded points, five for first and three for second.
The field events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. starting with the men's weight throw. Connor McCulley and Jakob Engel will compete for the Boilermakers against a very good Indiana State group. Brandon Pounds leads the Sycamores in the event as he threw a mark of 20.61m (67-01.50) last week. That mark was a personal best and ranks second in Sycamore lore. Engel and McCulley will also compete in the shot put.
Seth Virgil leads the men's long jumpers for Purdue. The junior jumped a personal best of 7.24m (23-09.00) last weekend at Indiana. Sophomore Gary Bush will also compete in the event, his first collegiate track and field event. Mitch Erickson will return the Purdue pole vault lineup after sitting out last weekend. The junior cleared 5.15m (16-10.75), a personal best, at the season opening Purdue Invitational.
Geoff Davis will lead the Purdue men's high jump group. The junior opened his season last week by winning the event at the Purdue/Indiana Dual after clearing the bar at 2.14m (07-00.25). Davis will go up against Indiana State's best, Major Clay. Clay has a personal best of 2.25m (07-04.50) which also is tied for the school record.
Three Boilermakers will make their season debut in the men's 60m dash. Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt will join Bush to run their first track race at Purdue. Mario Cosey will also represent the Old Gold and Black in the event. Cosey will also run in the 200m dash alongside teammates Josh Lee, Mike Willey, Brandon Winters, Andrew Kendrick, and Rob McNair. Highly touted freshman Shane Mikesky will also make his Purdue debut in the 60m hurdles alongside Winters and Willey.
On the women's side, Dani Bunch will lead the Boilermaker women in the weight throw. That group will go up against a strong Indiana State team led by Felisha Johnson. Johnson has a career best of 22.69m and threw 17.53m (57-06.25) last week. Those two will also square off in the shot put as well as Purdue stand out Terri Anderson.
Leah Eber and Nikki Nunn will be back in action in the women's long jump. Both opened their season last week at Indiana with Eber winning the event with a distance of 5.94m (19-06.00). Eber and Nunn will also compete in the women's triple jump which Eber also won last week. In the pole vault, Elizabeth Stover and Katie Vierk will head the Boilermaker group against a strong Sycamore bunch. Nicole Hope leads Indiana State and has a personal best of 4.08m. Vierk will also compete in the 60m hurdles with sophomore Ciana Tabb. Tabb set a personal record in season opening meet with a time of 8.63 seconds.
Elise Glass and Ebony Woodard will compete alongside Taylor Morrison in the women's 400m dash for Purdue. Morrison won the Purdue/Indiana Dual last week with a meet record and personal best time of 56.30 seconds. Those three will also compete in the 200m dash.
Saturday's meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with the final event set for 3:10 p.m. Live results can be found at PurdueSports.com and live updates and select highlights will be posted on the Purdue Track & Field page on Facebook and Twitter (@PurduetrackXC).