Feb. 23, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track team will compete in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday and Saturday in the Big Ten Indoor Championships. A total of 59 student-athletes will compete for the Old Gold and Black.
On the women's side, Purdue has 31 individuals scheduled to compete including five from the throws group. Dani Bunch leads the group in both the weight throw and shot put and will look to defend her Big Ten weight throw title from a year ago. This year, Bunch has a season high in the weight throw of 20.15m (66-01.50) and a season and career high in the shot put of 16.09m (52-09.50).
Four more women will compete for Purdue in the 3000m run. Kelly McCurdy heads the group and had an impressive performance earlier this season at the Tyson Invitation winning the women's championships 3k with a time of 9:38.24. Four others will compete in the pole vault. Katie Vierk has the highest mark of the pole vaulters this season. She cleared 3.71m (12-02.00) at the Meyo Invitational.
In the women's 400m dash, four Boilermakers will compete. Taylor Morrison had the fastest time this season of the group with a 55.87. Elise Glass, Ebony Woodard, and Morgan Monroe are the other three competitors. In the 800m run, Megan Plenus heads a pair of Purdue student-athletes in the event. She had a season best of 2:13.27. Ciana Tabb will run in the 60m hurdles. She is scheduled to compete in heat two and has a season best time of 8.66 seconds. Leah Eber and Nikki Nunn will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Eber will look to defend her long jump title from a year ago as she this year leapt 6.47m, a mark that leads the Big Ten.
On the men's side, 28 individuals will compete for a chance at a Big Ten Championship for Purdue. Three Boilermakers are scheduled to compete in the pole vault. Mitch Erickson has the highest jump on the season of the three, clearing 5.15m (16-10.75). Four other Boilermakers will run in the 60m dash. Raheem Mostert has the fastest mark on the year with a time of 6.78 seconds. Akeem Hunt, Mario Cosey, and Ishmael Aristide will also run the event.
Geoff Davis and Derrick Spight represent Purdue in the high jump. Davis currently has the fourth best mark in the conference with a height of 2.16m (7-01.00) cleared. Four others will compete in the 200m dash. Mostert has the third best time in the league this year with a 21.27 second time. Cosey, Hunt, and Mike Willey will also run for Purdue. Jakob Engel will represent Purdue in the shot put. He has a season best of 17.69m (58-00.50). Connor McCulley will be in the weight throw and has a best of 18.08m (59-03.75).
Brandon Winters and Shane Mikesky are the two Boilermakers in the 60m high hurdles. Winters has the leagues fifth fastest time on the year with a best of 7.97 seconds. Cale Allen and Brett Klosterhoff represent the distance group. Allen will run in the 5000m and the mile while Klosterhoff will compete in the 3000m.
Action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT on Friday with the first event in the men's heptathlon. Friday's final event will be the men's distance medley relay which is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, action will again begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 2 p.m. with the men's high jump and women's triple jump. Nebraska will have a GameDay Central link which can be found on their homepage or by clicking here. Live results will also be available at PurdueSports.com, the Purdue Track & Field Facebook page, and most up-to-date on Twitter (@PurdueTrackXC).