The two-day Mike Poehlein is set for Friday and Saturday at Rankin Track and Field.
Thirty-two members of Purdue track & field recognized for 3.0+ GPAs.
The Boilermakers are one of nearly 50 teams scheduled to compete this weekend in South Bend, Ind.
The men's and women's squads made huge improvements from a year ago and the women were within three points of victory.
2014: Competed in two outdoor meets; finished ninth in the discus at The Border Battle; PR was45.86m (150-5) in the discus.
2013: Competed in four indoor events throwing the weight; had a pair of fourth place finishes to start the season at the Indiana/Purdue Dual and the Gene Edmonds Cup; season best was 17.86m (58-7.25).
2012:Did not compete while redshirting.
High School: Four-time letterwinner for track, two-time letterwinner for football, two-time letterwinner for wrestling, one-time letterwinner for cross country; as a senior was a state qualifier for track; twice was all conference; was a two-time regional runner up; a two-time sectional champion; as a junior won the county championship; as a sophomore was a regional qualifier; as a freshman won the discus freshman county champion; football team won conference sophomore year; as a freshman was county runner up for freshman wrestlers; in high school had a 4.0 GPA; made the honor roll and the National Honors Society; as a senior was mascot and cross country manager.
Personal: Eric Alan Dean was born December 23, 1992, in Indianapolis, Indiana; is the son of Jeff and Brenda Dean; has three sisters; Jennifer, Christy and Rachel; plans to major in plant biology and botany.