Jan. 23, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams hit the road on Friday after back-to-back home meets. The Boilermakers travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the two-day, 21-team Gladstein Invitational.
The Boilermakers will compete against a pair of Big Ten teams, including Indiana who Purdue beat in the annual Purdue & Indiana Dual last weekend. The Boilermakers will also get their first look at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have a pair of the top women’s 60m dashers and two of the top three men’s 60m hurdlers in the country.
-The Gladstein Invite is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. Friday’s action will conclude at 9 p.m.
-The meet will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. and conclude around 3 p.m.
-All action will be held inside Gladstein Fieldhouse.
-Austin Peay, Ball State, Belmont, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Greenville College, Hillsdale College, Indiana, Jacksonville State, Kent State, Loyola University Chicago, Marshall, Missouri State, Ohio State, Purdue, Shorter University, Southern Indiana, St. Louis University, St. Norbert, Wright State, Xavier.
-Purdue is scheduled to travel 33 women and 32 men to compete.
-The women are led by Cierra Brown, Dani Bunch, Savannah Carson, Devynne Charlton, Carmeisha Cox, Aarin Jones, Nikki Nunn, Kari Shoolbraid, BreAnna Smith and Ciana Tabb.
-The men are led by Tyler Askew, Coy Blair, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Kevin Griffith, Andrew Kendrick, Raheem Mostert, Andre’ Peart and Brandon Winters.
What to Watch
-The throwers. Bunch and Enekwechi are the top weight throwers in the country this year on the women’s and men’s side, respectively. They aren’t bad in the shot put, either, as Bunch is second and Enekwechi seventh. Blair and Enekwechi will go at it in the shot put as Blair is 18th in the country and both are looking to move up.
-The women’s triple jump. Brown has the fifth-best mark in the country this year, but will be up against Robiann Broomfield of Missouri State, who has the 18th-best mark in the country, and Dior Delophont of Kent Stat, who has the nation’s 27th-best jump, among several others.
-Women’s sprints. The Boilermakers will run six underclassmen in the 60m dash. They all boast great speed, but this will be their first test against some of the nation’s best, including Chesna Sykes and Ashlee Abraham, both from Ohio State. The Buckeyes each have a time in the top-11 nationally. The women’s 200m invitational field has three Boilermakers who will be up against some of the same national-level talent, and the 60m hurdles could have some top-10 national times posted.
-The relays. The Boilermaker women clinched the win over IU last week with wins in the relays and the men’s 4x400m team is 23rd in the country. This week’s race will be the first of the year against a large field.
-The middle distances. The men’s and women’s races feature Boilermakers with nationally ranked times. Griffith on the men’s side and Shoolbraid and Plenus on the women’s side will be among the Boilermakers competing for the top spot.
Full results and a recap will be posted at the end of each day. Follow @PurdueTrackXC on twitter for live updates. Live scoring will also be available on PurdueSports.com.