June 6, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The track and field teams will compete in 10 events at the NCAA Championships, which run June 11 to 14 in Eugene, Ore.
Five men are qualified in six events - sophomore Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (hammer throw) sophomore Caleb Fricke (discus), junior Raheem Mostert (100 meters and 200 meters), senior Jake Waterman (3,000-meter steeplechase) and senior Brandon Winters (110-meter hurdles) - plus 4x100 relay of junior Tyler Askew, senior Andrew Kendrick, senior Eric Harris II and Mostert. There are two female qualifiers - seniors Dani Bunch (shot put) and BreAnna Smith (800 meters) - plus the 4x400 relay of senior Taylor Morrison, sophomore Aarin Jones, senior Kari Shoolbraid and Smith.
Women's Basketball Draws Florida State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
The women's basketball team will play host to Florida State in this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with the game set for Dec. 3 at Mackey Arena. It will mark just the second-ever meeting between the two schools, following a 65-39 Florida State victory in 1981.
The Seminoles return nine players from last season's team that finished 21-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection.
Football 'Fire-Up' Video Honored
The football team's video board "fire-up" video was honored at the College Sports Media Awards ceremony in Atlanta on May 28 in the category "Outstanding Promotion, PSA, Tease or Marketing Campaign." Purdue Hall of Music director Steve Hall, who serves as football game-day entertainment producer, was in attendance and received the honor from ESPN's Rece Davis, who hosted the awards ceremony.
Tickets, Tickets, Tickets
Season tickets for the 2014 volleyball and 2014-15 Purdue men's and women's basketball seasons are on sale.
Volleyball tickets are $90 for adults and $45 for youth. The renewal deadline is July 13. Chairback seating is sold out already.
Men's basketball tickets begin at just $300, while women's basketball tickets begin at just $55. Fans can renew or purchase through July 20, while student tickets will be available beginning Sept. 2.
Also, football three-game mini-plans are available for purchase. Seats in the north end zone are priced at $78 and from the 20-yard line to the goal line are $120.
Click here for more information and to order on-line.
South End Zone Survey
The athletics department is conducting a survey regarding the proposed major renovation to the Ross-Ade Stadium South End Zone.
John Purdue Club members, Purdue football season-ticket holders, young alumni (ages 25 to 35) and other Boilermaker boosters were emailed the survey earlier this week. It is geared to receive feedback that will help determine the direction the project should take. Examples include premium seat options to be considered for the area and amenities that could be included, as well as general-interest information and overall feelings about the Purdue football game-day experience.
The survey is open to all Purdue fans. To access, simply click here.
Former Purdue baseball player Cameron Perkins (2010-12) has been promoted to the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League. In just his second full season as a professional, Perkins was batting .342 with 23 extra-base hits, 20 walks and 34 RBI in 52 games for Philadelphia's Double-A affiliate in Reading, Pa. The outfielder's 19 doubles were tops in the Eastern League at the time of his promotion.
Perkins joins fellow Boilermakers Josh Lindblom (2007-08) and Dan Black (2007-09) at the Triple-A level. Lindblom is a starting pitcher for the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A's affiliate) of the Pacific Coast League, while Black is a switch-hitting first baseman/designated for the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliate) of the International League.
Future B1G Football Championship Games and Basketball Tournaments
The Big Ten Conference announced yesterday the locations for future Big Ten Football Championship Games and Big Ten Basketball Tournaments.
The Big Ten Football Championship Game will remain at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis through the 2021 season. The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will rotate between Chicago and Indianapolis, with the United Center hosting the event in 2019 and 2021 and Bankers Life Fieldhouse serving as the tournament's home in 2020 and 2022. Bankers Life Fieldhouse also will host the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament from 2017 through 2022.
The men's tournament will be held at the United Center for the ninth time in 2015 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 10th time in 2016, before making its first appearance on the East Coast when the 2017 event is held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The site of the 2018 tournament will be announced at a later date.
The women's tournament has been played in Indianapolis in 18 of 20 years since 1995. Bankers Life Fieldhouse has hosted the tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons and will host next in 2016, while Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., served as the event's home in 2013 and will host again in 2015.
Big Ten Experience
The Big Ten Experience, an interactive digital museum located at the conference's headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., will open to the public tomorrow. The new museum brings the conference's storied academic and athletic history to life and places it at fans' fingertips. Located at the conference's headquarters at 5440 Park Place in Rosemont, the museum will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the Big Ten Experience is freeý.
Senior Mara Schmidt and sophomore Krisztina Kapitany of the women's tennis team wound up at No. 58 on the final ITA doubles rankings ... On the men's side, senior Szymon Tatarczyk and freshman Ricky Medinilla finished No. 61, while senior Aaron Dujovne and junior Diego Acosta were No. 68 ... Incoming freshman volleyball middle blocker Danielle Cuttino has been selected as a member of the 12-player U.S. Women's Junior National Team, which will compete at the NORCECA Women's U-20 Continental Championship from July 6 to 14 in Guatemala ... Men's basketball will stage an Alumni Game on Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at noon in Mackey Arena. More details to follow ... Congratulations to Seth Schwartz, assistant director for student services, and his wife, Tammy, on the birth of their second daughter, Abigail May.