Feb. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its weekly data on the top two sport athletes, football and track, for the 2012 indoor track and field season and three Boilermakers appear on the lists.
Raheem Mostert, Shane Mikesky, and Gary Bush are among the nation's most prolific football/track athletes. Mostert, a freshman from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was an NCAA statistical leader for kickoff return average on the gridiron. He capped off his inaugural season with a Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl record with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He has been just about as good on the track.
Mostert currently ranks 11th among football/track guys in the 60m dash with a best time of 6.78 seconds. Florida speedster Jeff Demps leads the way with a time of 6.57 seconds. Mostert is just .02 seconds out of seventh place and .08 out of third for the list. The Purdue freshman's time is also good for the fifth best in the Big Ten Conference for all participants. His ability isn't limited to the 60m dash.
Mostert's most impressive event on the track has been the 200m dash. In his first collegiate race over the weekend, he ran a 21.27. That time is good for third best among football/track guys in the nation and just .02 seconds off the top pace. Rashad Ross of Arizona State leads the way with a 21.25 among football guys while Sheroid Evans of Texas is second with a 21.26. Mostert's mark isn't just impressive among football guys, though. His time is second best in the Big Ten and 29th in the country.
Mikesky sat out his freshman season on the football team while taking a redshirt. On the track, he is an exceptional hurdler. The freshman from Zionsville, Ind., has a season best time of 8.24 seconds in the 60m high hurdles. That time is good for 10th best among football/track athletes and is the fourth best by a wide receiver. Kendall Hayes, a defensive back for Louisiana Tech, leads the group with a time of 8.06 seconds.
Bush had a bit of a breakout season with the football team in the fall. He caught 29 passes for 310 yards and three scores. The receptions and yards were fourth most on the team while three touchdowns were tied for the team high. In track and field, Bush participates in the long jump as well as sprints. In the long jump, the sophomore from Miami, Fla., leapt a season best of 7.22m (23-08.25) on his first collegiate attempt. That distance ranks tied for fifth among gridiron long jumpers. Marquise Goodwin of Texas leads the group and is second in the nation with a jump of 8.10m (26-07.00). Bush's mark also ranks tied for 14th in the Big Ten.
The Purdue track and field teams return to action this weekend for one last warm-up before the Big Ten Championships. This weekend's event is Boilermaker Invitational which will be held at Lambert Fieldhouse on Purdue's campus. Action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET.