GENEVA, Ohio (Purdue Sports) – Raheem Mostert stole the show and proved he is the fastest man in the Big Ten both days of the championships.
After tying his personal record in the 60m dash on Friday in the prelims with a time of 6.73 seconds, Mostert took down Timothy Faust of Ohio State, who had the fastest prelim time by 0.01 of a second over Mostert, and the rest of the field on Saturday. Mostert broke the Purdue school record and the SPIRE Institute record in the event with an incredible 6.63 seconds time. He ran away with the final by 0.07 of a second over Faust.
“It all started with my starts,” Mostert said after the championships. “I just progressed as time went by. Yesterday, I ran my then-PR. Today, championships, I felt I had to go all out. `Go hard or go home,’ that was my motto, so I stuck with it.
“Setting the school record was a big surprise. I have wanted to break that record for so long. I know Shane Crawford held it, and I kept looking at his record every day in practice. I was like, alright. I’m going to beat it someday. I am going to beat that record someday. Today happened to be that day and I then carried the momentum over into the 200m.”
One hour and six minutes after winning the 60m, Mostert was back on the track for the 200m. The junior ran a personal-best time of 21.00 seconds, the fastest in the prelim, on Friday to advance to the finals. Mostert turned heads with his performance Saturday. The New Smyrna Beach, Fla., native ran a time of 20.73 seconds which shattered the Big Ten Championships record set by Faust last year, a time of 21.12 seconds. Mostert’s time also broke the SPIRE Institute record, but ranks second in Purdue history behind Big Ten all-time record holder Kenneth Baxter, who ran a time of 20.57 seconds in 2004. Faust finished second with a mark of 20.77 seconds, while Ricco Hall of Nebraska finished third with a time of 21.06 seconds.
Mostert is the first Purdue male to win a gold medal at the Big Ten Indoor Championships since Shane Crawford won the 60m dash title in 2010. He is the third Boilermaker to win the Big Ten Championship in the event, including Crawford and Prentice Stovall in 2003. Mostert is Purdue’s first Big Ten Champion in the 200m dash since 2008 when Jh’Rome Tuggle won the event. He is the fourth Boilermaker all-time to win the event, and second Purdue football player to win the event. Brian Alford was the first in 1998.
As if the two gold medals weren’t enough, Mostert anchored the final leg of the men’s 4x400m relay. His 400m time in the relay was roughly 47 seconds. He was named First Team All-Big Ten after the meet, Purdue’s first first-teamer since 2010 with Crawford. Mostert will be up for the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships, an award voted on by the conference coaches and announced early next week.
“Raheem gave us 20 points and then came back and helped us in the relay,” Greene said with a smile on his face. “He is real. He will now go to the national championship in the 60- and 200-meters. He can play at that level. He makes us so much better. Come outdoor season with the talent we get back with Eric Harris and some of the other guys, we could be a 38-second 4x100m relay team. That plays for the national championship. I am speechless. His performance was second to none. That’s the way you represent a brand. He represented the Purdue brand in a way that makes us all proud. The thing about Raheem, it couldn’t have happened to a better man.”