Jan. 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams wrapped up the Indiana Relays and one school record came crashing down. Dani Bunch broke her own record in the shot put by throwing 16.70m (54-09.50).
The throws group stole the show on Saturday. Bunch’s shot put mark finished second overall and moved her into eighth in the nation. Felisha Johnson of Indiana State won the event with a throw of 17.80m (58-04.75). The men’s throwers were dominant as a whole. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi had a personal best in the weight throw. The redshirt freshman threw 19.76m (64-10.00) to finish fifth overall and third among collegiate competitors. That distance is good for 13th best in the country. Enekwechi also finished third in the shot put with another personal best. He threw 18.21m (59-09.00) which ranks in the top 15 nationally, depending on how Saturday’s results shook out nationwide. Enekwechi’s shot put was great, but not quite as good as his teammate Coy Blair. Blair won the event with a personal record of 18.50m (60-08.50). That distance currently sits ninth in the nation. Jakob Engel didn’t place in the event, but still holds the nation’s 11th best distance in the country. Jordan Roos took fourth in the event with a throw of 17.24m (56-06.75).
“The throwers were outstanding,” said Greene. “Hats off to the throws coach Keith McBride and his competitors. They made a statement to the rest of the country today and let everyone know that they are for real. That group is very deep and talented and I expect big things from them all year.”
Purdue also had strong performances from its freshmen to go along with Blair, Enekwechi, and Roos. Vanessa McLeod ran a personal best in the 800m run. The freshman finished fifth with a time of 2:11.63. Aarin Jones took eighth in the 400m dash. She ran a personal best time of 56.62 seconds. Her finish was tops for Purdue.
“It’s always good when your freshman class is doing some of the leading for the team,” Greene said. “It means the future is bright. It will be something exciting to watch over the next several years. They are competing well and that’s very exciting. I am very excited to see how well they will improve and grow and where they can take this team.”
Kelly McCurdy and Samantha Walkow finished one-two in the 5,000-meter invitational run. McCurdy ran a personal best of 17:08.70 while Walkow was not far behind with a time of 17:13.30. Kevin Griffith also had a nice performance on Saturday. Griffith finished third in the 800m invitational run with a time of 1:52.73. Andrew Kendrick took second in the 400m dash. He ran a time of 49.09. Brandon Winters made it through to the finals of the 60m hurdles and took fifth. Winters ran a time of 8.00 seconds.
“Overall it was a pretty good day,” said Greene. “The kids competed well, we just need to learn how to close. We competed very hard and at the end of the day I am pleased with our performance. We still have work to do. We need to get better before Big Tens, but I expect that we will.”
Full results from this weekend can be found at http://www.iuhoosiers.com/livestats/c-track/IndRel13/.