Jan. 24, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Boilermaker track and field teams opened the Gladstein Invitational on Friday at Indiana University. The Boilermakers had one school record fall and won five events on the first day.
Dani Bunch continued her stellar season with a new school record in the shot put. The senior owns both the shot put and weight throw school records and continues to break them nearly every meet. Bunch threw 17.10m (56-01.25) to win the event by nearly a foot and a half over Indiana's Kyla Buckley. Bunch's throw is the second best in the country this year, though one foot, four and a quarter inches shy of the national leader, Christina Hillman of Iowa State. Bunch is the first Purdue woman to throw 17m or better during the indoor track and field season.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi also had a great opening day for the Purdue throwers. The nation's top weight thrower threw 22.45m (73-07.75) to win in his toughest competition of the year. Enekwechi knocked off Joe Frye of the Music City Mavericks, who threw 22.15m (72-08.00). Enekwechi has thrown over 22m three times this year, including last week when he threw the world's No. 1 mark, 23.31m (76-05.75). Only one other collegian has thrown 22m or better this year, as Matthias Tayala of Kent State has a mark of 22.01m (72-02.50).
On the women's side, Aarin Jones was one of the bright spots for Purdue. The sophomore won the women's 400m dash invitational with a time of 56.12 seconds. That time was good enough to win by 0.34 of a second. Twyla Winfrey and Devynne Charlton were also solid for the Boilermakers. The pair of 60m sprinters qualified for the finals, which will be run on Saturday. Winfrey finished second in the prelims with a time of 7.59 seconds, while Charlton was third after crossing the line in 7.64 seconds.
Charlton was also one of four Boilermakers to qualify for the finals in the women's 60m hurdles. She finished sixth with a time of 8.68 seconds. Ciana Tabb and Cierra Brown finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 8.58 and 8.60 seconds. Shantyra Delaney also qualified after finishing eighth with a time of 8.91 seconds. Brown also was solid in the triple jump as she finished second with a mark of 12.47m (40-11.00). Dior Delophont of Kent State won with a jump of 12.65m (41-06.00), which ranks ninth in the nation.
On the men's side, Andre' Peart and Andrew Kendrick finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 400m dash invitational. Peart ran a time of 49.02 seconds, while Kendrick finished in 49.08 seconds. Raheem Mostert matched his season-best in the 60m dash to win the prelims. Mostert won the race by 0.05 of a second and will compete in the finals on Saturday. Tyler Askew also qualified for the finals after finishing sixth with a time of 6.88 seconds.
Brandon Winters and Peart took the top two spots in the prelims of the 60m hurdles. Winters ran a time of 7.90 seconds to win, while Peart finished second with a time of 8.13 seconds. Shane Mikesky also qualified for Saturday's finals after finishing seventh with a time of 8.30 seconds.
Coy Blair threw a personal record in the weight throw to finish third in the event and second among collegians. Blair tossed a mark of 19.18m (62-11.25), which is the nation's 33rd-best mark this year. Caleb Fricke finished seventh with a throw of 17.53m (57-06.25).
Full results can be found at the top of the page. The Boilermakers will wrap up the meet on Saturday and full results will be posted to PurdueSports.com.