Track & Field To NCAA East Prelims
Dani Bunch, reigning Big Ten Outdoor Shot Put Champion, will try to advance to the NCAA Championships this weekend.

May 23, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams are sending 12 individuals to the NCAA First Round in Jacksonville, Fla. Six men and six women will compete in a total of 13 events in the East Preliminary Round from Thursday-Saturday.

On the men’s side, one hurdler, mid-distance, distance, jumper, and two throwers will make the trip. Brandon Winters has the 66th best time in the 110m hurdles. He will run in the fifth heat. Devin Hill of Miami has the top seed time in the event. He has the nation’s second fastest time of 13.35 seconds which won him the ACC Outdoor Championship. Kevin Griffith qualified in the 800m run. Griffith has the 86th best time with a mark of 1:49.69 and will run in the sixth and final heat. Casimir Loxsom has the top mark in the prelim with a seed time of 1:46.12, good for third in the country.

Cale Allen will run the 5000m run as he has a top-100 time in the nation with a mark of 14:03.91. Paul Chelimo will be the runner to catch in the event. The UNC-Greensboro sophomore has the nation’s third fastest time with a mark of 13:21.89. Geoff Davis will vie for the high jump title as he has the nation’s 18th best mark of 2.20m (7-02.50). Two jumpers in his flight have higher seed marks, Michael Krone of Duke with a mark of 2.23m (7-03.75), and Darius Purcell of Appalachian State with a mark of 2.22m (7-03.25). The nation’s top two jumpers are also in the event, Ricky Robertson of Mississippi with a jump of 2.32m (7-07.25) and Derek Drouin of Indiana with a mark of 2.31m (7-07.00).

Mitch Erickson qualified in the men’s pole vault. He has the nation’s 69th best mark as he cleared 5.16m (16-11.00). Marvin Reitze has the top seed in the prelim. The South Carolina senior has the nation’s fifth best mark as he cleared 5.51m (18-01.00). Jakob Engel is the final Boilermaker male to compete as he qualified in the shot put. Engel has the 41st best throw in the country with a mark of 18.01m (59-01.25). Joe Kovacs of Penn State, the Big Ten Outdoor Champion, has the nation’s top mark in the event with a throw of 20.85m (68-05.00).



For the women, Kari Shoolbraid will run in the first heat of the 800m run. Shoolbraid has the 71st best time in the nation at 2:07.24. That seed time is the fifth fastest in her heat. Charlene Lipsey of LSU highlights the field. The Tiger junior has the second fastest time in the country at 2:02.60. Stephanie Bonk will represent Purdue in the 3000m steeplechase. Bonk has the 32nd best time in the country with a mark of 10:16.94. Alyssa Kulik of Clemson is in the same heat as Bonk and has the nation’s fourth best time with a mark of 9:52.90.

Leah Eber, the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump Champion, will bring the nation’s 13th best mark into the preliminary round. Eber’s mark of 6.45m (21-02.00) ties the school record distance and is one foot, three inches short of the nation’s leader from TCU. Tori Bowie of Southern Mississippi has the best mark in the prelim with a distance of 6.78m (22-03.00). She and Eber will compete in the final flight of the long jump.

Terri Anderson and Dani Bunch will compete in the shot put. Bunch, the Big Ten Outdoor Champion in the event, has the nation’s 20th best mark with a distance of 16.46m (54-00.00) while Anderson has the 56th best mark with a throw of 15.61m (51-02.75). Chinewe Okoro has the top seed in the event. The Louisville senior has the nation’s sixth best mark with a distance of 17.39m (57-00.75). Anderson also qualified in the discus. She has a seed mark of 48.54m (159-03) and will compete in the first flight. Okoro of Louisville is also in the event as the top competitor with the nation’s third best distance of 58.25m (191-01).

Kaitlyn Brace is the final Boilermaker woman that will compete in the prelims. Brace qualified in the javelin throw with a distance of 44.87m (147-02) which is good for the nation’s 80th best distance. Jenna Wargo of Louisville has the top seed mark in the event. The sophomore has a distance of 52.04m (170-09) which is the nation’s sixth best mark.

Action in Jacksonville, Fla., is scheduled to being on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET and end that evening after 10 p.m. Action on Friday and Saturday will operate on the same time schedule. A full time schedule, heat sheets, and results can be found by clicking here.


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