May 10, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams head to the Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex at the University of Wisconsin for the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet is three days and go from Friday to Sunday.
On the men’s side, Purdue looks to improve on its eighth place performance from a year ago at the conference meet. Geoff Davis will try to defend his high jump title as he won last year with a mark of 2.16m (7-01.00). This season, the Purdue junior has the fourth best mark in the conference. Jeffery Herron of Iowa has the best mark in the conference at 2.24m (7-04.25). Derek Drouin and Darius King of Indiana have the next best marks, respectively.
Zack Saunders finished sixth in the pole vault a year ago. He currently has the 19th best mark in the conference while teammates Byron Ferrell and Mitch Erickson have the 12th and 16th best marks, respectively. Mario Cosey has the top time for Purdue in the 100m dash. The freshman’s time of 10.79 seconds is 20th in the conference. Andrew Riley of Illinois holds the top time this season for the Big Ten in the event with a mark of 10.28 seconds. Cosey also has the team’s best mark in the 200m dash with a time of 21.41 seconds. That time is the Big Ten’s 17th best this season.
Cale Allen will make a push to score for the men in the 5k. His time of 14:03.91 at the Sun Angel Classic earlier this year is 11th best in the conference. Andrew Bayer of Indiana has the top time this season in the event for the Big Ten with as he finished in 13:33.25. Brandon Winters has the 10th best time for the conference in the 110m hurdles. His time of 14.20 seconds from the Dave Rankin Invite earlier this season is .12 seconds out of eight place and .92 seconds off Riley’s top mark. Jakob Engel will vie for a conference title in the shot put. He has the Big Ten’s seventh best mark heading in with a distance of 18.01m (59-01.25). Joe Kovacs of Penn State has the lead mark at 19.94m (65-05.00).
On the women’s side, Leah Eber will try to add to her illustrious career and defend her Big Ten title in the long jump from last year. Eber’s winning mark was 5.96m (19-06.75) a year ago, a distance that was hindered by driving wind, rain, and sleet. This season, the Boilermaker senior has the conference’s top mark with a leap of 6.45m (21-02.00). That mark is six inches farther than anyone else in the league.
Kari Shoolbraid placed eighth a year ago in the 800m at the conference meet. This season, she has the sixth fastest time heading in with a time of 2:07.63. The top time in the event prior to the meet is 2:03.33 by Ashley Miller of Nebraska. Ciana Tabb finished eighth a year ago in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.91 seconds. This season, she has the ninth best mark in the Big Ten with a time of 13.84 seconds. Dani Bunch, Terri Anderson, and Liberty Slinden qualified for the finals last year in the shot put. Anderson finished fifth with a distance of 14.56m (47-09.25). This year, Bunch has the third best mark in the conference with a throw of 16.21m (53-02.25). Veronica Grizzle leads the Big Ten with a distance of 16.30m (53-05.75). Anderson will also vie for a shot at the discus title.
Kaitlyn Brace will lead a Purdue group of javelin throwers. She has the sixth best Big Ten mark this year with a throw of 43.76m (143-07). Laura Loht of Penn State has the top distance this year with a throw of 49.91m (163-09).
Wisconsin has a meet website available to follow the action. That website can be found here as well as on PurdueSports.com.