April 19, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams and back in action this weekend as they host the Dave Rankin Invitational. This weekend is also Track and Field Alumni Weekend and more than 20 former Purdue athletes will be on hand.
More than 400 student-athletes from nine schools will compete over the two day invitational. Friday, the action will begin at 3 p.m. with the men's hammer throw and the women to follow. The Boilermakers have five individuals scheduled to compete in the events with Cal Luby and Jakob Engel on the men's side and Dani Bunch, Emily Leckenby, and Breann Fife for the women. A total of seven individuals will compete on the men's side and eight in the women's event.
On Saturday, the action is scheduled to being at 11 a.m. ET with the women's javelin and the men's 10,000 meter run. Kaitlyn Brace will lead the way in the javelin as she has the top seed mark. However, Theresa McHugh of IPFW will push for the top spot as her mark is just 10 feet shorter. Four Boilermakers will be up against some of the best women's pole vaulters. Natalia Bartnovskaya of Vincennes has one of the nation's best marks. It does not show on the nation's top lists because Vincennes is a junior college, but her seed mark of 4.23m (13-10.50) would be the nation's 12th best mark this year.
Bunch and Terri Anderson will be the favorites in the 13 person field women's shot put. Vincennes has a pair that will challenge, though, with Tatiana Zhuravleva and Zakeya Stinson. Anderson also has the top seed mark in the discus. Sarah Morris, unattached, and Zhuravleva look to be the top competition as their marks are all over 50 meters (164-00.50). Nikki Nunn has the top mark entered into the women's long jump field. Leah Eber, the current Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, will not compete in the event, though she is scheduled to be a member of the women's 4x100m relay team.
The women's 1500m run looks to have a very competitive field. Western Michigan's Rachel Whitley will be one to watch as her personal best is just 10 seconds off of the facility record. The 100m hurdles also should prove to be exciting. Purdue's Ciana Tabb and Vincennes' Kenrisha Brathwaite both have seed times under 14 seconds.
On the men's side, Mitch Erickson and Zack Saunders are the top two seeded pole vaulters. Indianapolis' Blaze Hurley will also be among the top competitors. Seth Virgil and Gordon Burnell of Lincoln College look to go jump for jump with each other in the long jump. The two are seeded just half an inch apart. Geoff Davis looks to be the favorite in the high jump. Xavier Carr of Vincennes will push for the title as well as Purdue's Derrick Spight.
Shane Mikesky recently finished with spring football practice and will be on the outdoor track for the first time. He will compete as a member of the 4x100m relay team and in the 100m hurdles. Brandon Winters will also compete in those two events and has the best seed time in the hurdles. Da'Quann Warren of Vincennes will be among the best in the 400m dash. Andrew Kendrick and Rob McNair will be among the top speedsters in the race.
Live results will be available for all of the action at PurdueSports.com. Complete heat sheets are also available at the top of the page.