Bunch and Enekwechi Repeat as B1G Field Athletes of the Week

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Throws coach Keith McBride has one of the nation's best throws groups from top to bottom, including national leaders Dani Bunch and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Throws coach Keith McBride has one of the nation's best throws groups from top to bottom, including national leaders Dani Bunch and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 20, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Dani Bunch and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi each defended their Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon. Bunch broke her own school records in the shot put and weight throw, including a national leader in weight, while Enekwechi set personal records in the same events, school and facility records and a national leader in the weight throw.

Bunch scored 10 points for the Purdue women in the team’s 72-64 win over Indiana on Saturday. She won the shot put with a throw of 16.93m (55-06.50) and the weight throw with a distance of 22.35m (73-04.00). Her weight throw distance is the best in the country and the only one over 22m this year. Her shot put mark is the second best in the country.

Enekwechi opened with the shot put where he won the event with a throw of 19.14m (62-09.50). That distance is the third best in Purdue history and the seventh best in the country this year. The sophomore then went off in the weight throw where he launched a throw of 23.31m (76-05.75) on his second attempt, a throw that could barely be contained in the throwing area before hitting the end net. That mark is the best in the country by four feet, three and a quarter inches and the second-best throw since 2011 collegiately.

Bunch is the first Purdue woman to ever win a Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor in back-to-back weeks. She is also the only Purdue woman to ever win three in a single season. The Boilermaker women now have four Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors this season, which eclipses the school’s previous best of two in a year. Bunch now has four Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Week honors, breaking her tie with Briana Neumann for the most by a Purdue woman.

Enekwechi now has three field athletes of the week which is tied with Jon Pullum for the most in Purdue history. The Purdue men now have four Big Ten Athletes of the Week which is one behind the program record of five from 2008. Enekwechi is the first Purdue male to win the award in back-to-back weeks.


 

 

Bunch and Enekwechi will see if they can make it three in a row next week as the Boilermakers travel to Indiana to take part in the Gladstein Invitational.