March 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams hit the road this weekend as they travel to Starkville, Miss., for the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. The Boilermakers will travel 18 women and 16 men to the meet.
This is the third year of the meet which was created by Mississippi State. This year’s field will include Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Ole Miss from the SEC and Purdue and Illinois from the Big Ten. Also at the meet will be Missouri State’s women and Louisiana Tech.
The meet will be scored to follow the international system. That means 10 points will be awarded for first place in each event, eight points for second place, third place will receive six points, four points for finishing fourth, two for fifth, and one point will be given to the sixth-place finisher. At the end of the meet, all points will be combined for each conference to determine a men’s and women’s team champion.
The meet will begin at 4 p.m. CT on Friday with the hammer throw. Saturday’s action will then begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s javelin. All track events will commence at noon on Saturday with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase kicking off the action.
Vanessa McLeod will make her outdoor season debut for the Boilermakers. Her last time out, she competed at the NCAA Championships in the 800m dash two weeks ago. Ciana Tabb has a full plate as she is scheduled to compete in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay, and the 4x400m relay. Kaitlin Brace will make her season debut as well. Brace will compete in the javelin.
On the men’s side Brandon Winters will be among those to compete in the meet. He currently has the 11th-fastest 110m hurdle time in the country. He is also scheduled to compete in the 200m dash. The men’s throwers will also look for a big weekend. Coy Blair is scheduled to compete in the shot put and the hammer throw. Caleb Reiff and Caleb Fricke will both compete in the discus and the hammer throw.
This weekend’s action will take place at the Bulldogs’ Carl Maddox Track Facility. For more information about the meet, fans can follow the Mississippi State track twitter feed, @MSUtrackSarah.