Jan. 24, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch have dominated their events during the indoor track and field season.
On Saturday against Indiana, Enekwechi set both Purdue and Lambert Fieldhouse records in the weight throw at 23.31 meters (76-5.75 inches), a mark that ranks as the best in the world this year and the ninth-best throw in collegiate history. Enekwechi also won the shot put against the Hoosiers with a throw of 19.14 meters (62-9.5 inches), which is the third-best in school history, seventh-best in the country this year and 20th-best in the world. He was named National Thrower of the Week by MAC Throw, a prominent website for NCAA throwers.
Bunch, meanwhile, broke her school records in both events at the same meet. Her weight throw toss of 22.35 meters (73-4 inches) leads all collegians and ranks third in the world this year, while her shot put of 16.93 meters (55-6.5 inches) is second collegiately and ninth in the world.
Enekwechi and Bunch both have earned all three Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors that have been awarded this season.
The men's and women's teams compete at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., today and tomorrow.
Suits and Sneakers ... and Social Media
Tomorrow's Purdue-Wisconsin men's basketball game at Mackey Arena is part of Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. The BTN, which is televising games at Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska and Northwestern over the weekend, is encouraging students on each campus to wear suits (business attire is OK) and sneakers to the games. The university with the most students "suited up" will receive a $10,000 donation to the school's Relay for Life Initiative, which raises funds for cancer research. Students will be counted as they enter the arena.
Purdue (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) and the ninth-ranked Badgers (16-2, 3-2) tip off at 5 p.m. The matchup also has been designated as the Boilermakers' Social Media Game. There will be an in-game Twitter scavenger hunt, and fans can follow @Boilermusic to request songs from the on-site disc jockey, follow #thisismackey to get access to behind-the-scenes footage of Mackey game day and use #boilerup to see their photos on the video board during the game.
Blanco Shines at SMU
Last weekend at the Classic @ SMU, junior Guillermo Blanco was selected MVP by the coaches at the meet after he scored more individual points (46) than any other swimmer. He finished second in the 200 IM, third in the 400 IM, fourth in the 200 backstroke and fifth in the 100 backstroke. Blanco set the school record in the 400 IM at 3:44.32, while his 200 IM time of 1:44.89 is the second-fastest in school history. His clocking of 1:45.22 in the 200 backstroke established a team season best.
The Boilermakers, who are ranked No. 17, return to action Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Big Ten Triple Duals with Minnesota and Wisconsin at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Wrestlers Back Home
The 21st-ranked wrestling team (5-4, 0-4 Big Ten) has its first home meet since November on Sunday against No. 10 Nebraska (8-1, 2-1). Action gets under way at 1 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium. Last weekend, the Boilermakers won a pair of non-conference duals, 26-12 over Northern Illinois and 48-0 over Ashland College.
Women's Basketball Picking up Steam
After an 0-2 start to the Big Ten season, the 22nd-ranked women's basketball team (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) has won four of its last five conference games, with road victories at No. 14 Penn State and No. 18 Nebraska and homecourt wins over intrastate rival Indiana and Northwestern. The Boilermakers play at Illinois (9-10, 2-4) on Monday.
Both tennis squads had successful opening weekends, with the 27th-ranked women defeating Miami (Ohio), Kansas and Louisville at the Purdue Invite, and the men topping Toledo 6-1. The women compete at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Clemson, S.C., tomorrow and Sunday, while the men play at Cornell tomorrow. The women face No. 32 Tennessee tomorrow and either No. 13 Clemson or No. 56 Fresno State on Sunday.
The 18th-ranked and undefeated women's swimming and diving team (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) takes on No. 11 Indiana (6-3, 3-0) in Bloomington tomorrow ... Head volleyball coach Dave Shondell announced the addition of three student-athletes to the 2014 freshman class. Defensive specialists Carissa Damler, Burgundy Price and Linnea Rohrsen join the four players - outside hitter Christina Ambrose, middle blocker Danielle Cuttino, setter/outside hitter Lydia Dimke and outside hitter Azariah Stahl - who signed national letters of intent in November. Ambrose and Dimke enrolled at Purdue at the start of the spring semester ... The cheerleading team placed sixth in the country last weekend at the UCA College Cheerleading National Championships. It marked the squad's best showing since 2009 ... Congratulations to director of video services Nick Terruso and his wife, Lauren, on the birth of their second son, John Robert ... As part of its ongoing evaluation of services, CBS Sports Interactive has announced that SMS alerts from purduesports.com will be discontinued Feb. 1.