Feb. 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams have a busy weekend ahead as they will split up and travel to three different meets. A large group of the team will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Tyson Invitation, while another big group will head to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Hills Invitational. Two others will travel to Grand Rapids, Mich., for The Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State University.
The Tyson Invitational will be one of the toughest midseason meets in the country for the whole year. On the men's side, 10 teams in the top 25 will compete. Among those, three are from the Big Ten Conference as No. 13 Nebraska, No. 17 Wisconsin, and No. 20 will also compete. For the women, nine teams are in the top 25, though none from the Big Ten. Host Arkansas holds the nation's top spot for the men while the women are No. 4.
Simon Rogers will be among the group of 29 travelling to Arkansas. He will compete in the men's mile where a week ago he finished third with a time of 4:09.01. Raheem Mostert, the ninth fastest football/track athlete in the country in the 60m dash, will compete in that event. Last week at the Meyo Invitational, Mostert ran a personal best in the finals, 6.78 seconds, which earned him third place overall. Mostert's time is just .02 seconds off of the fourth fastest football/track time in the event which is shared by Isaiah Sweeny of Houston and Damiere Byrd of South Carolina. Mostert is also scheduled to run in his first career 200m dash.
Shane Mikesky will compete in the 60m high hurdles at the Tyson Invitational. Mikesky currently has the eighth fastest football/track time in the event with a best of 8.24 seconds set at the Gene Edmonds Cup. Brandon Winters will also compete in the event. He finished seventh a week ago at the Meyo Invitational. Mitch Erickson earned a spot in the men's pole vault championships and Geoff Davis will compete in the high jump championships.
On the women's side at the Tyson Invitational, Nikki Nunn will compete in the long jump. She set her personal best in the event last week with a leap of 6.10m (20-00.25). Leah Eber will be in the women's championship long jump. Eber earned a spot in the event after leaping an NCAA best and school record 6.47m (21-02.75) last week. Dani Bunch and Terri Anderson will be in the women's shot put.
Linsey Daluga and Blair Doney are scheduled to compete in the women's 3000m run. In the women's 800m run, Elise Glass will represent the Old Gold and Black. Kelly McCurdy earned a spot in the women's championship 3000m run. A week ago, McCurdy won the women's mile with a time of 4:52.92 which was a personal best.
A group of 31 individuals are scheduled to travel to the Hoosier Hills Invitational. For the women, Breann Fife and Emily Leckenby will compete in the weight throw while Alice Feslier Holmes and Bre'Anna Smith will be in the 800m run. Beatrice Turpin will represent Purdue in the high jump.
On the men's side, Ishmael Aristide will get his first action of the season in the 60m dash. Andrew Kendrick, Josh Lee, and Rob McNair will run in the 400m as well as be a part of the 4x400 relay team. Derrick Spight will be in the high jump.
The Tyson Invitational and The Big Meet are two day invitationals while Purdue will only compete on day one at the Hoosier Hills Invitational. A full recap of the day's action will be posted on PurdueSports.com following the completion of the final event of the day.