Gainesville, Fla.– Two personal-best times and one season-best mark highlighted the opening day of the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational for the Purdue track & field team in Gainesville, Florida, on Friday.
Friday’s meet is the start of a two-day, two-meet weekend for the Purdue Boilermakers, as competition at Florida continues on Saturday, and the team also will compete in the Jim Freeman Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky.
Senior Camille Christopher ran the women’s 200-meter in a season-best time of 23.51. Junior Naomi Campbell recorded a personal-record best, as she broke the tape line in 23.78-w. Senior Saran Kouyeth earned a time of 23.95 to begin her weekend.
In the men’s 200m, freshman Connor Czajkawoski recorded his personal-best time in all conditions of his own, as his mark of 20.81-w placed him 16th overall. Justin Becker clocked a time of 21.00 and freshman Eric Young II finished with a time of 21.57.
The day began with the weight throw, where sophomore Cale Ayers was seventh with a throw of 56.82 meters and freshman Leo Maxwell was 14th with a mark of 50.50m.
The Tom Jones Memorial continues on Saturday, as Purdue’s day commences with the women’s discus at 9 A.M. ET, and the team’s first event on the clay is the men’s 4×100 relay at 1:10 P.M. The meet will end with the 4×400 relay at 5:10 P.M.
The Jim Freeman Louisville Invite starts off for Purdue with the men’s pole vault at 12 P.M. ET on Saturday. The team’s opening running event is the 1,500m at 1:50 P.M., and the day will end with the women’s triple jump at 4 P.M. and the 200m at 4:10 P.M.