Jan. 23, 2012
CHICAGO - Fifth-year senior Leah Eber earned the Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Gene Edmonds Cup against Indiana State over the weekend. Eber won all three events in which she was entered and help Purdue retain the cup for the 17th consecutive year.
Eber started the day off by winning the long jump. She posted a mark of 6.25m, the second longest of her career and a meet record. That mark also currently ranks second in the nation trailing the leader by just .04m. Then, Eber entered the triple jump where she leapt a distance of 12.10m to earn another victory.
After those two field events, Eber got set to run in the women's 60m dash. The fifth year senior wasn't even entered into the event until the night before because head coach Jack Warner felt that the lineup needed a boost and she could be the one to give it. He was exactly right as Eber came out and ran a personal best of 7.72 seconds to win the event for Purdue.
In all, Eber earned 15 total points for Purdue which were huge as the Boilermakers beat Indiana State to retain the cup by just 13 points overall. The women also edged the Sycamore women by 16 total points largely thanks to the fifth-year senior. Eber is the first Boilermaker to win the award since now-sophomore Dani Bunch earned the nod on Jan. 24, 2011.
"Leah was right on (at the meet)," Warner said after the meet on Saturday. "She had one of the leading jumps in the country in the long jump. She then came back and won the dash. I just put her in it last night because I felt like the meet would be so close and we would need the extra points. Luckily it was a good move on my part."
Eber and the Boilermakers return to action this weekend as they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take part in the two day Hoosier Indoor Invitational.