Jan. 26, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams head to Indiana for the two day Indiana Relays. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and then 10:20 a.m. on Saturday.
The Boilermakers will enter 25 men and 25 women into the meet. For the entire meet, more than 1,200 individuals are scheduled to compete from more than 20 schools. Michigan State and Indiana join Purdue to represent the Big Ten at the meet. Other notable schools include Notre Dame, Louisville, DePaul, Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Indiana State, to name a few.
The Boilermakers faced the Indiana State team a week ago in the 17th annual Gene Edmonds Cup. The Boilermakers came away with a 168-155 win including an 89-73 edge on the women's side. In that meet, senior Leah Eber won three events, the long jump, triple jump, and 60m dash, en route to a co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor. Dani Bunch threw a season best in the weight throw with a distance of 19.83m. For the men, Raheem Mostert won his first career race in the 60m dash with a time of 6.85 seconds. Seth Virgil set a personal best at the meet in the long jump en route to the event win.
This weekend, Eber looks to continue her impressive season as she will be the first Purdue student-athlete to compete in the meet. She is first scheduled for the long jump. Sophomore Nikki Nunn will also be in in that event and she is coming off of a weekend that saw her finish second. Bunch will compete in the weight throw and the shot put. Teammates Terri Anderson and Liberty Slinden are also entered in the shot put.
On the men's side, Virgil will lead the Boilermakers' long jump group that will include Gary Bush and Akeem Hunt. Bush leapt a distance of 7.22m in his first career jump at the Gene Edmonds Cup while Hunt will be in his first career long jump event. Normondo Harris will also make his first appearance for the Old Gold and Black this season as he is scheduled to compete in the triple jump. Geoff Davis will be up against some of the nation's best in the high jump. Davis finished second in the Big Ten in the event last year. Jakob Engel is entered in the men's shot put. He is the lone Boilermaker in the event.
Live scoring for the event can be found at PurdueSports.com. Live updates and select video footage will be posted on the Purdue Track & Field Facebook page as well as on Twitter (@purduetrackXC). Purdue results will be tagged with the hashtag #PurdueTF. Fans requesting updates or information can also use that hashtag on Twitter. A full recap and results will be posted following the completion of the final event each day.