Jan. 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers swept the Hoosiers in the Purdue & Indiana Dual on Saturday afternoon inside Lambert Fieldhouse. It was the first win for the Boilermakers on either side since the rivalry dual was renewed in 2010.
"We are happy with today's performance," Purdue head coach Lonnie Greene said after the meet. "Anytime you win and it's against an instate rival and a great program like IU, a program that we haven't beaten in a long time, it's a good thing. We competed well. I challenged our team to defend our house. We didn't want anyone, regardless of who it is, to come in and push us around. This was our first test to stand up and see how we compete in the Big Ten. Next week we travel to IU to do it again. We want to put up some national times and marks to build for the championships at the end of the year."
The Purdue women topped the Hoosiers 72 to 64 in the dual that was scored 5-3-1 (5-0 in relays). The entire meet came down to the 4x800m relay as the Boilermakers led 67-64. Kari Shoolbraid led off and gave Purdue a huge lead at the first exchange. Megan Plenus and Katie Hoevet ran solid legs before BreAnna Smith brought home the win for the Boilermakers.
"We knew it was coming down to the 4x800m relay, but I was confident in our group," added Greene. "I knew we had to the capabilities to win and I was happy with how we came out and ran. We needed to drop our heads and get to work and that's what we did, which is good to see."
The Boilermakers had huge performances from its throwers for the third time in as many meets this season. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch continued their streaks of breaking school records, again for the third-straight meet. Enekwechi shattered his own Purdue weight throw and Lambert Fieldhouse record as he threw the nation's leading mark of 23.31m (76-05.75). That mark currently leads the nation by four feet, three and a quarter inches. That distance is the second-best in the NCAA since Feb. 18, 2011.
Enekwechi also had an all-time personal best in the shot put as he won the event with a mark of 19.14m (62-09.50). That distance was good enough to beat teammate Coy Blair, who finished second, by two feet, nine inches. Enekwechi's shot put distance also moved him up into third place on the all-time Purdue list and seventh in the country this year. He is just two centimeters, one inch, short of Jakob Engel's second place Purdue mark from last year. Nedzad Mulabegovic holds the Purdue record with a throw of 19.94m (65-05.00) from 2005.
Bunch broke a pair of her own school records on Saturday for the women's side. She opened with the shot put where she won the event by three feet, three and a quarter inches over Indiana's Kyla Buckley. Bunch's mark was 16.93m (55-06.50) which broke her previous best, from last week, by one centimeter. Her new mark is second in the country. Bunch also stepped up in the weight throw, on a weekend where the nation had a great week, including three other marks over 21m. Bunch, though, launched her winning throw on her fifth attempt. The senior posted a mark of 22.35m (73-04.00), which is the nation's top mark by nearly two feet. Her mark is just six centimeters shy of the Lambert Fieldhouse record.
Tyler Askew picked up 10 huge points in the men's 70-65 win over the Hoosiers. Askew finished with a mark of 7.07m (23-02.50) to win by three quarters of an inch in the long jump, and also won the 60m dash by one hundredth of a second over teammate Raheem Mostert as he posted a time of 6.80 seconds. Mostert was strong, too, as he added to his second place 60m finish with a win in the 200m dash with a time of 21.87 seconds. Obokhare Ikpefan took second in the 200m with a time of 22.03 seconds, and Brandon Winters completed the Purdue sweep of the event as he finished third with a time of 22.29 seconds.
Andre' Peart had a great day on the track as he ran a PR in the 60m hurdles and just missed his own best in the 400m. Peart finished second in the 60m hurdles, just thousandths of a second behind Winters. Both had posted times of 7.98 seconds. Peart won the 400m as he out-legged Indiana's Derrick Morgan to the line. Peart posted a 49.08 seconds time to win by 0.07 of a second.
On the women's side, the Boilermakers swept the 60m dash with Twyla Winfrey taking the top spot. Winfrey posted a time of 7.62 seconds to finish 0.05 of a second ahead of teammate Devynne Charlton. Savannah Carson took third with a time of 7.76 seconds. Aarin Jones took the women's 400m dash as she ran a 56.43 seconds time. Taylor Morrison added a point in the event as she took third with a time of 58.09 seconds.
Kari Shoolbraid won the women's 600m run with one of the best performances in program history. She ran a time of 1:31.12 which, before conversion for short and flat track, is the third-fastest time in Purdue history. Smith took second to add three more points as she posted a time of 1:32.04, the sixth-fastest time in program history. The women also had the top finisher in the 800m run, though it was a photo finish. Plenus posted a time of 2:13.26 to edge Indiana's Brittany Neeley by one hundredth of a second.
The Boilermakers swept the women's 60m hurdles, led by freshman Charlton's performance that ranks fifth in Purdue history and 26th in the country. Charlton posted a time of 8.50 seconds to edge Ciana Tabb by 0.09 of a second. Shantyra Delaney took third with a time of 9.00 seconds. The women wrapped up the day with wins in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays to win.
The Hoosiers will have another crack at the Boilermakers as Purdue travels to Indiana next week for the Gladstein Invite. The two-day meet begins on Friday.