Feb. 8, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue University men's and women's track and field teams head to Ames, Iowa this weekend for the Iowa State Classic. The meet will feature elite talent from all over the country and will begin Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Boilers return to the ISU Classic after an impressive performance last year where both the men's and women's squads posted five top-10 finishes apiece. The women's team also came away with a pair of NCAA provisional qualifying marks and an indoor school record as then-sophomore Leah Kincaid placed third in the long jump with a record-breaking distance of 6.18 meters (20-03.50), while former Boilermaker Brooke Woodruff grabbed 11th in the 800-meter run with a provisional time of 2:08.92.
Purdue is primed to go after several of the top spots this year as well, hot on the trail of three of the most impressive track meets in three-year head coach Jack Warner's tenure.
Kincaid looks to go after a pair of her own school records this weekend as she's been knocking on the door in both events. She has been within .05 seconds of her Purdue record in the 60-meter hurdles three times in the past two weeks, and was just .03 meters shy of her mark in the long jump at last weekend's Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame. Junior Sheena James will make her return to the throwers' ring after a two-week absence, and hopes to improve upon her school-record shot-put toss of 15.55 meters (51-00.25), which she set at the Indiana Invitational on Jan. 20. Also looking to place high on the women's side will be sophomore Mallory Peck and the distance medley relay squad. Peck is fresh off a career-best height of 4.06 meters (13-03.75) in the pole vault, good for first place at the Meyo Invitational and the second-highest mark in school history, while seniors Corrie Whisner and Laura Farley will welcome sophomore Lauren Scott and freshman Kristin Phillips to the DMR team in pursuit of the school record. Whisner and Farley are both part of the current record-holding relay, along with Woodruff and fellow alum Ina Jackson, which set the mark of 11:38.49 at the 2006 Meyo Invitational.
On the men's side, junior Keith Hopkins will look to follow up his school-record breaking mark in the 60-meter hurdles with another impressive performance. He will be challenged within the team ranks by former record-holder senior Rickey Pinkney and junior captain Brian Kaluf as the trials will be conducted Friday with the finals on Saturday. Senior captain John Porter has his sights set on his personal record in the pole vault, finishing just shy with a clearance of 5.10 meters (16-08.75) last weekend. Sophomore Zach Logan narrowly missed NCAA provisional qualification last weekend in the 400-meter dash and will take another shot at the mark on Saturday afternoon, while freshman Jonathan Pullum will aim for his fourth consecutive meet with a personal record in the 35-pound weight throw.
Friday's action looks to run from about 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., while Saturday will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and should continue until nearly 7 p.m.