Jan. 26, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue University men's and women's track and field teams are set to host the 12th Annual Gene Edmonds Cup this Saturday at Lambert Fieldhouse. The Boilermakers look to retain the cup for the 12th straight season in their dual meet with Indiana State University, and welcome Illinois State University and the University of Missouri as well for competition in a four-way meet.
The event was established in 1996 by longtime USATF official Gene Edmonds, and has been won by the Boilers in every year of its existence. Last season, Purdue topped the Sycamores 174-143 to extend the streak to 11 years.
Purdue looks to follow up on an impressive performance at last weekend's University of Indiana Invitational, which head coach Jack Warner called one of the Boilers' best meets in his tenure. The men's squad captured four first-place finishes, including a 1-2-3 finish and a pair of 1-2 showings, while the women topped two events, set a new school record and posted a trio of NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Senior Rickey Pinkney headlined a clean sweep in the 60-meter hurdles as his time of 7.98 seconds edged out junior teammates Keith Hopkins and Brian Kaluf. Senior captain John Porter topped the pole-vault field with a height of 5.00 meters (16-04.75), followed closely by junior teammate Andrew Rademacher, who cleared 4.90 meters (16-00.75). Freshman John Pullum notched a first-place finish and career-best throw in the weight throw, hurling it 19.19 meters (62-11.50), while sophomore Ben Harpenau grabbed second with a mark of 8.23 meters (59-11.72). Fellow sophomore Nolan Petties rounded out the Purdue victors, winning the long jump with a distance of 7.18 meters (23-06.75), and senior Terrell Thompson broke his career-best mark in the 600-meter run by almost two seconds with a time of 1:19.87.
On the women's side, junior Sheena James fractured the school record in the shot put, tossing it 15.55 meters (51-00.20) to earn NCAA provisional qualification and second place overall. Junior captain Leah Kincaid won the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump for the second straight week, while senior Corrie Whisner and sophomore Mallory Peck each posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 1-mile run and pole vault, respectively. Whisner's time of 4:47.43 was a career-best and was good for second, while Peck missed her career best by just .01 meters (3.95m/12-11.50), taking home second place as well.
Warner looks for this weekend's meet to be a very exciting event. "It should be a great track meet to watch," said Warner. "Indiana State is a good team and they will be hungry to win their first Cup, while it will be great competition for us to have a team from the Big 12 here in Missouri." Taking down the Tigers will not be an easy task according to Warner as he praised their strength in the throws and middle distance areas. "This weekend will be a great challenge for our throwers and mid-distances runners," he continued. "At the same time, this will be a great test of our team balance to see if our sprinters, jumpers can balance out some powerful strengths by other teams."
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