Purdue Wins 16th Straight Gene Edmonds Cup

Track & Field Captures 16th Straight Gene Edmonds Cup, 188-136

The Boilermakers won 21 of the 30 events contested on Saturday.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s and women’s track and field teams kept the Boilermakers’ streak intact on Saturday, winning their 16th consecutive Gene Edmonds Cup with a 188-136 victory over intrastate rival Indiana State University. Freshman Dani Bunch led the Purdue women to a dominating 100-62 victory, while the Boilermaker men, led by sophomore Geoff Davis, edged out the Sycamores, 88-74.

The Boilermakers’ 52-point victory on Saturday was their biggest in the series since 2008, continuing their reign in the series over the Sycamores. Purdue won 21 total events on Saturday, taking home 10 victories on the men’s side and 11 on the women’s.

Eleven of those wins led 1-2 finishes for the Boilermakers, including seven on the women’s side, and the Old Gold and Black won thrilling 4×400-meter relays in both the men’s and women’s races, edging out the Sycamores by just 0.28 seconds in the men’s contest and 0.36 seconds in the women’s.

Davis came up big at the Gene Edmonds Cup for the second straight season, edging out Indiana State junior Major Clay and clearing an indoor career best and meet record 2.21 meters (7-03.00).

Davis and Clay dueled back-and-forth as Clay led after 2.14 meters, Davis took the lead back after soaring over 2.17 meters on his first attempt, and both athletes cleared 2.21 on their second attempts. The height is good for second in the Big Ten this season and is tied for fifth in NCAA Division I.

Bunch had her second huge meet in the last three weeks, setting new personal records in both the weight throw and shot put. She finished second in the weight throw behind NCAA Division I leader Felisha Johnson of Indiana State, throwing 19.63 meters (64-05.00), good for fourth all-time at Purdue and 12th in the nation.

Bunch’s shot put toss of 15.78 meters (51-09.25) climbed all the way to second on the Boilermakers’ record list, winning the event and moving up to fourth in the conference and 12th in NCAA Division I.

Boilermaker junior Leah Eber piled up 10 team points on the day, winning the women’s long jump and 60-meter dash events with season-best marks. Eber bounced 5.94 meters (19-06.00) in the long jump, moving up to second in the conference this season, and crossed the line in 7.73 seconds in the 60-meter dash.

Senior Chris Kirtz put up a similar performance on the men’s side, winning the long jump and placing in the 60-meter dash and triple jump for nine team points. Kirtz marked 7.17 meters (23-06.25) in the long jump, falling just shy of his season best, ran 6.95 to take third in the 60-meter dash and leapt 14.40 meters (47-03.00) to take third in his first career triple jump competition.

Senior co-captain Bill Hardcastle led all Purdue men’s scorers, winning both the weight throw and shot put to accumulate 10 points. Hardcastle threw 17.52 meters (57-05.75) in the weight throw and tossed the shot put 17.47 meters (57-03.75).

Next weekend the Old Gold and Black leaves home for the first time this season, heading to the University of Kentucky for the Rod McCravy Memorial. Action starts Friday at 4 p.m., and continues on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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