Jan. 10, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams open their home slate on Saturday inside Lambert Fieldhouse with the Gene Edmonds Invitational. The Boilermakers host Louisville and IUPUI in the meet that is scheduled to begin at noon ET.
Saturday’s Gene Edmonds Invitational marks the 19th-consecutive year the Boilermakers have hosted an event honoring the former Purdue throws coach and Hall of Fame official. This year’s invitational replaces the Gene Edmonds Cup in which Purdue competed against Indiana State for a traveling trophy over the last 18 years. The Boilermakers won the cup each of the 18 years.
Edmonds coached the Purdue throwers for eight years during the 1990s and mentored several elite student-athletes, including National Champion Toyinda Smith. Edmonds also has been an official from the youth to Olympic level and was inducted into the USATF National Officials Hall of Fame just over a month ago on Dec. 6.
The Boilermakers opened the 2013-14 season on Dec. 7 with a trip to Fort Wayne, Ind., for the Mastodon Opener. Purdue broke three school records and set numerous other personal bests, en route to sweeping all four Big Ten Conference weekly awards. Dani Bunch broke the women’s shot put and weight throw records while Chukwuebuka Enekwechi broke the men’s weight throw mark.
On the men’s side this weekend, Purdue will be led by Coy Blair and Enekwechi in the throwing events. Both have top five program marks in the shot put as well as Enekwechi’s school record in the weight. Raheem Mostert returns to the track after missing last season while focusing on football, as it is his fall sport. Mostert, a junior, placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships in the 60m dash as a freshman with a time of 6.77 seconds. That time was .01 of a second off the podium and is the fifth-fastest time in Purdue history. Mostert is scheduled to compete in the 60m, 200m and the 4x400m relay.
Andre’ Peart and Brandon Winters will lead the Boilermakers in the hurdles. Both are scheduled to compete in the 60mHH. Winters will also run in the 200m, while Peart will compete in the 400m and the 4x400m relay. Andrew Kendrick will also run in the 400m and the relay for the men.
On the women’s side, Bunch leads the throwers after her two record-breaking throws last month. Sophomore Cierra Brown will compete in the triple jump after scoring at the Big Ten meet as a freshman. She will also compete in the 60m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. Freshmen speedsters Devynnne Charlton, Carmiesha Cox and Shantyra Delaney will all run in the 60m dash. Charlton and Delaney are also scheduled to compete in the 60mHH, while Charlton and Cox will run in the 4x400m relay.
Aarin Jones is scheduled to run her main event, the 400m dash, while Nikki Nunn will compete in a pair of running events as well as her main event, the long jump. Nunn posted a top-five mark in program history last year when she leapt 6.32m (20-08.75). Ciana Tab will look to improve her top-five time in the 60m hurdles. She has a best of 8.43 seconds.
The meet schedule of events can be found here. Result can also be found on PurdueSports.com through the GameDay Central page, as well as on Purdue Track and Field’s official Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC. A full recap and results will be posted to PurdueSports.com following the completion of the meet.