April 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams will travel 21 women and 17 men for a total of 38 student-athletes to the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend. The Boilermakers will compete on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the classic will host the men's and women's hammer throws as well as one of the men's 1500m runs and the men's and women's 5000m runs. The women's hammer throw has a very competitive field. For the Boilermakers, Dani Bunch and Emily Leckenby will compete against some of the nation's best. Laishema Hampton is the top seed among to two non-premier flights. She currently has the nation's 22nd best throw with a mark of 58.63m (192-04.00). Bunch's best is the nation's 87th best.
In the discus on Saturday, Terri Anderson is one of the favorites as she has the second best seed mark. Bunch and Liberty Slinden will also compete in the event. Leah Eber will make her outdoor debut in the long jump. She and teammate Nikki Nunn will be up against tough groups from Nebraska and Arizona State. Arizona State is led by Christabel Nettey who has the nation's fourth best jump of the season with a mark of 6.58m (21-07.25).
The Boilermaker women are well represented and respected in the shot put. Bunch and Anderson are the top two seeds while Slinden is also in the final flight. Kaitlyn Brace will be up against some of the country's best in the javelin. The freshman has a win and a runner-up finish so far this season, but will need to bring her best against Liz Gleadle, the top seed. Brace is in the final flight.
In the 100m hurdles, Ciana Tabb will be in the final flight. She is going up a speedy pair from Kansas State among others.
On the men's side, Geoff Davis will be back in action in the high jump. The junior and current co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week will be up against a very competitive field. Davis currently is tied for the seventh best jump in the country. One of the people he is tied with, Bryan McBride, is also competing this weekend.
Brandon Winters is in the final flight of the men's 110m hurdles. Tre' Lathan and Nathaniel Winfrey from Oklahoma will be some of the favorites alongside Winters. Andrew Kendrick and Rob McNair are in the final flight of the men's 400m dash for Purdue. Nebraska's London Hawk is also in the flight and is one of the Big Ten Conference's best. Gabe Pirtle and Chris Arvia are also in the race for Purdue. Kevin Griffith qualified for the men's 800m dash premier for Purdue. He will be in the first section of the finals.
A full list of start times and heat sheets can be found at the top of the page. Live results will not be available during the meet due to connectivity issues, but a live blog of the action can be found at PurdueSports.com. A full recap and results will be posted following the completion of the action each day.