West Lafayette, Ind. The No. 13 Indiana women and No. 21 Indiana mens track and field teams used a pair of record-breaking performances in the field events to sweep archrival Purdue Saturday in West Lafayette. The IU women defeated Purdue, 110-86, while the men held off the Boilers, 105-98.
The sweep gives Indiana an 8.5-8 advantage in The Titan Series. The points for softball, baseball and men's golf have yet to be decided.
The two highlights of the Hoosier victories were the record-breaking performances by All-Americans Ira Kharun (javelin) and Adam Judge (hammer). Kharun set the school record and the Purdue track standard with a throw of 54.44m/178-7. Based on the April 28 national rankings, this is the best throw in the country this season.
For the third time this season, Judge broke his own school record in the hammer throw (67.55m/221-7). This marks the fourth-best throw in the nation this season. Since his transfer from Southern Illinois, Judge has improved his hammer throw by nearly six feet, and he has improved over 40 feet in the last two years.
Kharun and Judge were not the only Hoosiers to excel in the throwing events on Saturday. Pat Miller threw the javelin a season-best 65.12m/213-8, while Kelly McKinney posted a personal-best 53.12m/174-3 in the hammer to finish in second place. In addition, freshman Andrea DallaRosa turned in the best performances of her career in the shot put (15.05m/49-04.5) and the discus (48.54m/159-3).
Rose Richmond entered the week with the nations fifth-best long jump, and she won the Purdue meet with a leap of 6.33m/20-9.25. Richmond will be joined at the May 30-31 NCAA Regional by Jennifer Cobbina, who was second at 6.04m/19-9.75. Aarik Wilson had his second-best long jump of the season, finishing first Saturday at 7.78m/25-6.25. Wilson also won the triple jump in 16.43m/53-11.
Ryan Ketchum is already an NCAA Regional qualifier in the shot, and he tossed a personal-best of 17.48m/57-4.25. All-American hurdler Danielle Carruthers qualified for the NCAA Regionals in her third event, the 100m dash. She won the 100m dash Saturday in 11.66. Freshman Kelly Siefker met the NCAA Regional qualifying standard in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:41.84.
The IU womens 4x100m relay team of Carruthers, Rachelle Boone, Richmond and Ara Towns set the Purdue track record with a time of 44.65. Sophomore Mindy Peterson led a 1-2-3 Indiana finish in the 1500m with a time of 4:31.44. Sean Jefferson won the mens 1500m race at 3:52.10. John Jefferson has already qualified for regionals in the 1500 and 5000, and he missed the 800m standard by .06 seconds on Saturday. Nonetheless, he won the 800m with a time of 1:51.21.
Other Hoosier individual event winners included Daniel Martin (400m hurdles, 53.29), Boone (200m, 23.33), Audrey Giesler (5000m, 17:21.34) and Stephen Haas (mens 5000m, 14:32.34).
Indiana closes out the home portion of its schedule May 11 at the Billy Hayes Invitational.