Jan. 11, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue broke two school records and a facility record on Saturday afternoon at the Gene Edmonds Invitational. The Boilermakers also set several personal records in the meet that featured Louisville and IUPUI.
"We competed well today," Purdue head coach Lonnie Greene said. "We are still a very young team, so there is a bit of a learning curve, but I am very pleased with the way we competed today. Any time you have athletes setting school records and personal records, that's a sign that we are headed in the right direction. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are getting better and that's something we need to be doing all year long."
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi started the day for the Boilermakers with some excitement. The sophomore broke his previous school record in the weight throw, a mark he set at the Mastodon Opener in December, with a toss of 22.25m (73-00.00) on his fifth attempt. The throw was six centimeters farther than his previous record and shattered the facility record by one foot, 11.25 inches. That record was held by Dan Taylor of Ohio State and set in 2003. Enekwechi's throw is the top overall throw in the country this year by nine and a half inches. Caleb Fricke also competed in the event and posted a huge PR. Fricke finished fourth with a distance of 17.73m (58-02.00), a total of three and a half feet farther than his previous best.
Dani Bunch also set a school record on Saturday afternoon. Bunch needed all six throws in the shot put, but on her final attempt the senior launched a throw of 16.92m (55-06.25). That mark beat her previous school record of 16.77m (55-00.25) which she threw at the Mastodon Opener in December. Her throw is currently the second best in the nation this year. Bunch also won the weight throw. She threw 21.07m (69-01.50) to win by more than six and a half feet. Bunch is the only female thrower in the country to record a weight throw of 21m this season and she has done so twice, including her school-record throw of 21.72m (71-03.25) from the Mastodon Opener.
"Keith McBride is doing outstanding work with the throws group," Greene added. "Our throws group has put together some of the best marks in the country to date. We need to get the rest of the team behind them and compete at the same level. We are putting together some great performances, especially for this time of year. The key is to stay healthy and keep getting better."
In the men's shot put, Enekwechi and Coy Blair took the top two spots. Enekwechi threw an indoor PR of 18.87m (61-11.00) which moves him into fourth place on the all-time Purdue lists. Enekwechi's throw is also the eighth best in the country this season and the second best in the Big Ten. Blair threw a best of 18.39m (60-04.00) which came on his fourth attempt. That was good enough for second in the competition and it also ranks 12th in the country this season.
Nikki Nunn won the women's long jump with the nation's fourth-best long jump this season. Nunn leapt 6.13m (20-01.50) to win the event by four inches and to improve her fourth-place mark in program history. In the men's event, Tyler Askew had a season best en route to a second place finish. Askew jumped 7.33m (24-00.75), the nation's ninth best jump of the season, but came up 5.75 inches shy of Louisville's Guillaume Victorin's winning mark.
Sophomore Cierra Brown won the women's triple jump with a personal record, the school's fourth-best mark and the nation's top overall mark. Brown leapt 12.71m (41-08.50) on her fourth attempt to win the event by 1'5.25". Vania Anane also had a PR in the event as she finished third. Anane leapt 12.01m (39-05.00) to break her previous record of 11.90m (39-00.50) by four and a half inches. Her mark is currently 18th in the country.
In the women's 60m dash, freshmen Carmiesha Cox and Devynne Charlton each won her prelim. Cox posted a 7.61 seconds time, just 0.02 of a second outside Purdue's top five, and Charlton ran a 7.69 seconds time. In the finals, it was sophomore Twyla Winfrey who took the top spot as she ran a time of 7.58 seconds, good for the fifth-best time in program history. Charlton took second with a time of 7.73 seconds and Ciana Tabb was third after crossing the line in 7.83 seconds. Cox did not compete in the finals. Winfrey's time is the 30th-best in the country this year.
In the men's 60m dash, it was Raheem Mostert who took the top spot. The two-sport star, who plays football in the fall, was back on the track for the first time since the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships where he took fourth in the 60m dash. Saturday, Mostert pulled away from the rest of the field and posted a time of 6.78 seconds to win by 0.12 of a second over Louisville's Jermaine Parrish. Mostert's time is the 16th fastest in the country this season. Tyler Askew took third in the race with a time of 6.92 seconds.
Charlton won the 60m hurdles on the women's side for Purdue. The rookie posted the nation's 19th-fastest time this season with a mark of 8.55 seconds. That time is also good for the fifth-fastest in Purdue history. Brown finished third with a time of 8.80 seconds, five thousandths of a second out of second, and Ciana Tabb took fourth with a time of 8.84 seconds.
In the men's hurdles, Brandon Winters and Andre' Peart took the top two spots. Winters ran a time of 7.88 seconds, just .06 of a second off his PR, to finish first. That time is currently the sixth-fastest in the country. Peart's time of 8.09 seconds ranks 23rd nationally. In the men's mile, Daniel Williams won the race with a PR of 4:22.35. That time was good enough to win by 1.26 seconds.
Aarin Jones and Taylor Dunlap took the top two spots in the women's 400m dash. Jones ran a 56.58 seconds time, which converts to 55.84 seconds due to Lambert's track being a `short and flat' track. Jones' converted time is 10th best in the country this year. Dunlap was runner-up with a time of 57.55 seconds which converts to 56.80 seconds. Her converted time is 30th in the country.
Andrew Kendrick and Obokhare Ikpefan took the top two spots in the men's 400m dash. Kendrick posted a time of 48.74 seconds, a time that converts to 47.98 seconds. The converted time is tied for sixth in the nation. Ikpefan ran a 49.51 seconds time, a mark that converts to 48.74 seconds. His converted time is tied for 28th in the nation.
Kari Shoolbraid took the women's 800m race with a time of 2:11.07. Shoolbraid's time converts to 2:09.58 which is the nation's best. Hope Schmelzle took second with a time of 2:16.19, a time that converts to 2:14.64, the nation's 17th-best time.
The Boilermakers swept the men's top three spots in the men's 200m dash. Mostert won his second event of the day as he finished in 21.86 seconds, a time that converts to 21.48 seconds. That time is the 11th best in the country this year. Mario Cosey took second in the event with a time of 22.02 seconds and Winters was third with a mark of 22.64 seconds.
The Purdue women won the 4x400m relay with one of the nation's best time. The team of Shoolbraid, Jones, BreAnna Smith and Tabb finished in 3:46.54, a time that converts to 3:43.58. The converted time is the fifth best in the country this year. The men's top relay team was in the same position. Ikpefan, Kendrick, Cosey and Peart finished in 3:17.73, a time that converts to 3:14.63. The converted time is 11th best in the country this year.
"Now we need to get ready for the Purdue/IU Dual next week," said Greene. "If I know the staff at IU, they are going to be ready and prepared to do a great job. Our goal is to compete well and get ready for the Big Ten Championships. Obviously, we want to win next week, but we will see how the meet goes. Indiana has a great program and they are headed by one of the best in the business in Coach Ron Helmer. If I know him, the excellent coach that he is, they'll be ready. And we will be ready as well. We'll see how it goes at the end of the day."
The Boilermakers are back at it next weekend as they host the Indiana Hoosiers in the annual Purdue/Indiana Dual. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET inside Lambert Fieldhouse.