Enekwechi with World's Top Mark, Bunch Third

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Dani Bunch is the Purdue women's record holder for most Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors, among her marks in the shot put and weight throw.
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Dani Bunch is the Purdue women's record holder for most Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors, among her marks in the shot put and weight throw.
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Jan. 21, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch each picked up honorable mention nods by the USTFCCCA for its weekly National Athlete of the Week award, the organization announced late Monday. Enekwechi and Bunch not only have some of the best marks collegiately, but also in the world.

Enekwechi won the men’s division one national athlete of the week award a week ago, the first award of the season by the USTFCCCA. The sophomore thrower had a better performance over the weekend, but the national award went to Texas A&M’s Prezel Hardy Jr., who leads the nation in the 60m and 200m dashes.

Enekwechi threw 23.31m (76-05.75) in the weight throw to break the Purdue record, Lambert Fieldhouse facility record and lead all collegians this year. Not only is it the best mark in across the country, it also ranks No. 1 in the world this year of all competitors. The second-best mark in the world this year is by A.G. Kruger, an NCAA Champion in 2001, five-time U.S. Outdoor Champion in the hammer, seven-time U.S. Indoor Champion in the weight throw and two-time Olympian.  Enekwechi’s mark is one foot, and three quarters of an inch farther than Kruger’s top mark this year. His mark is the ninth-best weight throw mark in collegiate history. Enekwechi also has the 20th-best shot put mark in the world this year, which he also threw over the weekend. The Purdue sophomore is the only student-athlete to be mentioned in both of the USTFCCCA’s first two national athlete of the week awards, including his nod last week.

Bunch’s name appeared on the honorable mention list by the USTFCCCA for the second week in a row on Monday, the only female student-athlete to be mentioned for both awards. She broke her own school records in the shot put and weight throw over the weekend with marks of 16.93m (55-06.50) and 22.35m (73-04.00), respectively. Bunch’s weight throw mark leads all collegians this year, while her shot put distance is the second best in division I. The fifth-year senior’s marks also rank among the top in the world this year. Bunch’s weight throw mark is third in the world this year and her shot put distance is ninth. Bunch is one of just two females to appear in the world’s top 10 this year in both events.


 

 

Enekwechi and Bunch were each named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the second-consecutive week. Each has won the award three times this year, after just three meets.

The Boilermakers return to action on Friday as they travel to Indiana to take part in the two-day Gladstein Invite.