June 20, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior thrower Dani Bunch and junior sprinter and running back Raheem Mostert were named Purdue's Athletes of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. They were selected by a vote of the athletics department administrators from a list consisting of each sport's Most Valuable Player or similar designee.
Bunch was a three-time first team All-American, finishing third in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put during the indoor season and fifth in the shot put outdoors. She scored all 10 of the Purdue women's points at the NCAA Indoor Championships, good for 19th place in the country, and all four at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which earned the team a tie for 47th place. Bunch won the Big Ten indoor weight throw championship, the third of her career, to become the first Big Ten woman to win three weight throw titles in her career. She was runner-up in the Big Ten in the shot put, indoors and outdoors, and also scored in the hammer throw with a second place finish. She was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season and swept the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships and Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year awards for the outdoor campaign.
Meanwhile, Mostert joined the track and field team in January after racking up 258 kick return yards and a touchdown during the football season. On the track, Mostert broke the Big Ten Championships record in the 200-meter dash and the school record in the 60-meter dash en route to a pair of indoor Big Ten titles. He also ran on the school's 4x400-meter relay team that placed sixth at the indoor championships and was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships. During the outdoor season, Mostert picked up two more conference titles, claiming the 100-meter and 200-meter crowns. He also ran the final leg of the team's 4x100m relay, which finished second just 0.02 of a second behind the winners, and the final leg of the fourth-place 4x400m relay team. Mostert again was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships. He qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes and picked up a pair of second-team All-America honors. Mostert advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4x100m relay and picked up a pair of second team All-America honors as well as an honorable mention nod. He was named the Great Lakes Regional Men's Track Athlete of the Year.
Bunch and Mostert now represent the Boilermakers in the voting for the Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year awards. The Big Ten winners will be voted on by a panel of conference media members and announced on BTN on June 23.
Purdue's last Big Ten Athlete of the Year winners were diver David Boudia in 2011 and golfer Maria Hernandez in 2009.
Bunch and Mostert completed the first track and field sweep of the Purdue awards since 1989 when Jamie McNeair, an All-American in the heptathlon, and Brian Kiser, a shot put specialist, were honored.
NCAA Track and Field Championships Wrap Up
Six individuals and two relay teams earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded last Saturday in Eugene, Ore.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, second team - hammer throw
Raheem Mostert, second team - 100 meters; honorable mention - 200 meters
4x100 Relay (Tyler Askew, Eric Harris II, Andrew Kendrick and Mostert), second team
Caleb Fricke, honorable mention - discus
Jake Waterman, honorable mention - steeplechase
Dani Bunch, first team - shot put
BreAnna Smith, second team - 800 meters
4x400 Relay (Aarin Jones, Taylor Morrison, Kari Shoolbraid and Smith), honorable mention
Single-Game Football Tickets on Sale to JPC Members
Single-game tickets for the 2014 football season went on sale to John Purdue Club members Wednesday. They will be available to the general public Aug. 1 and to Purdue students Aug. 25. Season tickets and 3-Game Mini Plans remain available to all fans. Click here for ticket information and here to buy tickets online.
Purdue ranked 23rd in men's basketball attendance with an average of 12,738 fans per home game during the 2013-14 season. The Big Ten led all conferences for the 38th consecutive year with an average of 13,534 fans per home contest. That figure is a Big Ten record, topping the average of 13,449 in 1990.