Nov. 26, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's track and field teams named their team captains for the 2008 season on Monday, announcing seniors Rayland Currie and Brian Kaluf and junior Ben Harpenau for the men's team, and juniors Kara Patterson and Lauren Scott for the women.
This marks the second straight season that Currie, Kaluf and Patterson have earned the honor from their teammates, while Harpenau and Scott take on captainship for the first time. The Boilermakers vote within the team to elect their peer leaders, with the outstanding vote recipients earning the job.
Currie competes for the Boilermakers in the triple jump, holding a career-best mark of 15.17 meters (49-09.25). He qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships last season and has placed in the event twice at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, taking sixth in 2005 and eighth in 2007. His top jump was good for a second-place finish at the 2007 Dave Rankin Invitational.
Kaluf is one of the most talented hurdlers in school history, boasting one of the top 60-meter hurdle times on the Purdue record board, and not falling far of the board in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. His career-best of 7.98 in the 60-hurdles ranks fifth all-time at Purdue, while his top times in the 110-hurdles (14.22) and 400-hurdles (52.13) earned him a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2007. He scored for the Boilermakers in all three races at the conference level in 2007, notching fourth in the 60, and eighth in the 110 and 400. He also earned seventh in the 110 at the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Harpenau leads the Purdue throwers after a solid 2007 campaign. He grabbed a pair of Big Ten bronze medals last season, nabbing third in the 35-lb. weight throw indoors with a toss of 19.77 meters (64-10.50) and taking third in the hammer throw outdoors with a career-best toss of 60.77 meters (199-04). He qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in the hammer throw, where he placed 10th with a distance of 59.89 meters (196-06), while his top weight throw mark at the indoor conference meet was a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships and ranks fifth all-time at Purdue.
Patterson looks to come back strong after missing the entire 2007 outdoor season with an injury. She is already one of the top javelin throwers in school history, ranking second in Purdue history with a mark of 56.19 meters (184-04), which also holds the Dave Rankin Track and Field record. She is a two-time NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier and NCAA Mideast Regional Champion, and also won the 2005 Big Ten Championship and qualified for the 2005 Pan American Games, where she brought home the silver. Patterson has never finished lower than second place in the javelin in any regular-season meet in her collegiate career.
Scott has her sights set on her first trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships this season after a pair of solid collegiate seasons. With a career-best mark of 56.92 in the 400-meter dash, Scott was a member of the Boilermakers' top 4x400-meter relay squad in each of the past two years, and is also a leg of the school-record holding indoor distance medley relay team. Her foursome broke the school mark with a time of 11:17.96 at last season's Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational.
The Boilermakers start their indoor season shortly after the New Year as they host the Purdue Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 12.