Bunch Named Big Ten Women's Field Athlete Of The Week

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Bunch looks to continue improving this weekend at Kentucky.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Bunch looks to continue improving this weekend at Kentucky.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 24, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue freshman Dani Bunch was named the Big Ten Women's Field Athlete of the Week on Monday after tossing a pair of personal records and leading the Boilermakers to their 16th consecutive Gene Edmonds Cup title. Bunch is currently ranked in the top-20 in the nation in both the shot put and the 20-pound weight throw and is on the Boilermakers' all-time record lists in both events.

The first Purdue woman to earn weekly conference athlete of the week honors since Brianna Neumann was recognized on Feb. 22, 2010, Bunch won the shot put on Saturday and finished second in the weight throw behind the nation's No. 2 thrower. Her mark of 15.78 meters (51-09.25) is the second-longest indoor shot put mark in school history, ranked behind senior teammate Stacey Wannemacher. The toss is fourth in the current Big Ten standings and 18th in NCAA Division I. In the weight throw, Bunch climbed to fourth on the Boilermakers' all-time list in the event, hurling it 19.63 meters (64-05.00) to grab the conference's No. 2 mark and the 13th-best toss in the nation.

Bunch and her Boilermaker teammates continue the indoor campaign this Friday and Saturday, heading to the University of Kentucky for the Rod McCravy Memorial. Follow Purdue Track and Field on Twitter and on Facebook for more updates on the Old Gold and Black.