Feb. 3, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams prepare for an exceptionally large meet this weekend as they head to the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, hosted by the Fighting Irish on Friday and Saturday at the Loftus Sports Center. A step up from last weekend's meet at Kentucky, the Meyo Invitational is scheduled to feature 36 teams on the men's side and 47 on the women's.
The Boilermakers are coming off an exceptional showing at the Rod McCravy Memorial, hosted by the University of Kentucky last Friday and Saturday, where they put forth a series of personal records and some of the best marks in school history. Sophomores Simon Rogers and Geoff Davis and freshman Dani Bunch boasted the top marks of the weekend as Rogers and Bunch had top-five all-time Purdue marks in their events, while Davis tied a meet record for the second straight week. Rogers completed the men's one-mile run in 4:07.14, marking the fourth-fastest indoor time in the race in Purdue history, while Bunch improved her career-best in the women's shot put to 16.04 meters (52-07.50), good for second all-time indoors at Purdue and 17th in NCAA Division I this season. Davis has been over 2.19 meters in the men's high jump in each of the last two meets, setting a Gene Edmonds Cup record and fracturing his own personal record with a mark of 2.21 meters (7-03.00) two weeks ago, and clearing a Rod McCravy Memorial record of 2.19 meters (7-02.25) last weekend in Kentucky.
"Simon, Geoff and Dani had a few of many great performances by our teams last weekend," said Purdue head coach Jack Warner. "Our team just tries to make improvements each week that we compete, and we're hoping that last week's successes carry over into more standout efforts this week."
Davis and Bunch will compete in the same events this weekend as last, again facing a wealth of steep competition, while Rogers will switch it up and race in the 800- and 1,000-meter runs. Davis may go head-to-head with some of the nation's best in the high jump, including the nation's No. 2-ranked Ricky Robertson from Mississippi, who cleared 2.28 meters (7-05.75) at Arkansas State on Jan. 22.
Boilermaker sophomore Camille Buscomb posted a huge personal record in the women's one-mile run last weekend, knifing her time down to 4:51.06 and finishing fourth overall at the meet. This weekend she'll look to continue improving in the race and will face several of the conference's best, including runners from Big Ten rivals Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota as well as the host Fighting Irish. The Boilermakers' top-five all-time list in the event is led by Sally Smith's time of 4:40.86, but Buscomb can break on to the list with a time of 4:45.60 or better.
Senior standout Emily Breslin matched her personal record in the women's high jump last weekend, clearing 1.79 meters (5-10.50) to tie for the meet's top mark, but finished second on missed attempts. With a potential field of the nation's elite on hand, Breslin will look to score a new best in the event and increase her chances for NCAA Indoor Championship competition. A leap of at least 1.81 meters (5-11.25) would put Breslin in the top-10 in the nation this season and earn her a spot on the Boilermakers all-time top-five in the event.
On the men's side, Davis won't be the only one defending a winning streak as senior Bill Hardcastle will attempt to win his fourth straight meet in the shot put. Hardcastle has a top mark of 17.95 meters (58-10.75), which opened his current win streak at the Indiana Dual on Jan. 15, and came up just short of that mark with a toss of 17.92 meters (58-09.50) last weekend at Kentucky. Ranked 19th in NCAA Division I this season, Hardcastle looks to crack the 18-meter barrier this weekend and vault himself toward the top of the national leaderboard.
Both the Purdue men's and women's teams will make their season debut in the distance medley relay, looking to post a solid entry mark for the upcoming Big Ten Indoor Championships. The race consists of four legs, measuring 400, 800, 1,200 and 1,600 meters, and could feature some standout teams in Indiana State, Eastern Illinois and Marquette on the men's side and Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Notre Dame on the women's.
With no live results available from Notre Dame's Loftus Sports Center, a full recap of the Boilermakers' action will be available at the end of each day of competition at PurdueSports.com.