June 13, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two Purdue athletes will compete today and tomorrow to wrap up the Boilermakers' appearance at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Org.
Sophomore Caleb Frickle goes at 4 p.m. PT today in the discus, while senior Dani Bunch goes at 1 p.m. PT tomorrow in the shot put. Both hold the school record in their event.
Over the first two days of competition, the Boilermakers have earned four second team All-America honors and three honorable mentions.
On Thursday, sophomore Chukwuebuka Enekwechi achieved second team All-America status in the hammer throw (11th with an effort of 64.26 meters /210-10). Junior Raheem Mostert and senior Jake Waterman were honorable mention All-Americans in the 200-meter dash (17th with a time of 21.03 seconds) and the steeplechase (19th with a time of 8:57.13), as was the women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Taylor Morrison, sophomore Aarin Jones, senior Kari Shoolbraid and senior BreAnna Smith (20th with a time of 53.45 seconds).
On Wednesday, Mostert earned second team All-America honors in the 100-meter dash (13th overall with a time of 10.22 seconds) and as part of the 4x100-meter relay team with junior Tyler Askew, senior Andrew Kendrick and senior Eric Harris II (ninth overall with a time of 39.49 seconds). Senior BreAnna Smith also picked up second team All-America honors with her 15th-place finish in the 800 meters (2:05.83).
Greene, Mostert Earn Regional Honors
For the Great Lakes Region, Greene was named the men's Coach of the Year, while Mostert was selected the men's Track Athlete of the Year. The awards are voted on by all the coaches in the Great Lakes Region.
Read more about the recognitions here.
McHugh, Minch Selected in MLB Draft
Catcher Sean McHugh and pitcher Jordan Minch were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. McHigh was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 18th round (No. 532 overall), while Minch went in the Chicago Cubs in the 35th round (No. 1,039 overall).
The two became the first Boilermakers drafted since a program-record seven were selected in 2012 following Purdue's Big Ten championship season.
Thirty-one Purdue players have been drafted during head coach Doug Schreiber's 16-year tenure.
Kapur in U.S. Open
Former Purdue golfer Shiv Kapur (2001-04) continues play at the U.S. Open today in Pinehurst, N.C. He tees off at 2:20 p.m. from the first hole. Kapur fired an opening round 3-over-par 73 and was tied for 68th place.
Kapur has played in two other majors - a pair of British Open Championships. A year ago, he was the leader through nine holes. Kapur makes his home in his native New Delhi.
Ross-Ade South End Zone Bleachers Being Removed
The upper bleachers of the south end zone in Ross-Ade Stadium are being removed.
The decision was made in order to avoid necessary maintenance to the bleachers to ensure their safety and to repurpose the area with a new look and feel in anticipation of the previously announced proposed major renovation in the coming years.
A formal announcement on how the space will be utilized for the 2014 season will be forthcoming.
The upper bleachers account for approximately 6,100 seats. Fans that have purchased tickets in that area for the upcoming season will be contacted by the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office beginning Monday and offered seats in the lower bleachers or in section 129 of the main stands at no additional cost for the 2014 season.
The lower bleachers, which seat approximately 1,000 fans, will remain at present.
Former women's basketball coach Lin Dunn (1988-96), the winningest coach in school history with 206 victories, will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame tomorrow in Knoxville, Tenn. A number of her former Boilermaker players will be in attendance. Dunn currently is in her seventh season as head coach of the Indiana Fever. She is the WNBA franchise's winningest coach and has 669 career victories (447 collegiate and 222 professional) spanning 43 seasons... Former Purdue baseball player Terry Thompson (1974-76) has been named superintendent of the Anderson (Ind.) Community School District ... The 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships will be held at Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind. ... Happy Flag Day and Happy Father's Day.