Jan. 24, 2013
The track and field team will release a weekly update that will cover upcoming news and events, national standings, top performers, school records, and other happenings within the program. These ‘tidbits’ will typically be released on Tuesdays. This edition will also include a preview for the Indiana Relays.
Throwers Among The Nation’s Best
-Purdue has three men ranked in the top 30 in the shot put and one man in the top 10 in the weight throw. The women have a thrower in the top 15 in the shot put and top five in the weight throw.
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi is 10th in the weight throw, 19.72m (64-08.50), and 22nd in the shot put, 17.74m (58-02.50). Jakob Engel is 10th in the shot put, 18.41m (60-05.00), while Coy Blair is 29th in the shot put, 17.60m (57-09.00).
-Dani Bunch is fourth in the weight throw, 21.02m (68-11.75), and 13th in the shot put, 16.39m (53-09.25).
Chasing School Records
-Bunch moved into second place all-time in Purdue history with her weight throw distance. She passed Toyinda Smith, now Toyinda Wilson-Long, who is the team's Supervisor of Operations. The junior needs .60m (1-11.50) to tie Astin Steward’s school record. Bunch already holds the school’s shot put record, 16.65m (54-07.50).
-Geoff Davis has the nation’s seventh best mark in the high jump this season, 2.20m (7-02.50). His indoor best is 2.23m (7-03.75), which he jumped in 2011, and is second all-time in program history. Davis is .03m (0-01.25) shy of Shaun Guice’s program record which he set in 2001.
Boilers In The Ranks
-Aside from the throwers and Davis, a number of other Boilers are in the top 50. Eric Harris is 36th in the 200m (21.48 seconds) while Mario Cosey is 46th (21.58 seconds).
-Andrew Kendrick is 45th in the 400m (48.10 seconds). Matthew McClintock is 50th in the 3000m (8:19.41).
-Brandon Winters is 15th in the 60m hurdles (7.88 seconds). The men’s 4x400m relay team of Chris Arvia, Kendrick, Andre Peart, and Robert McNair is 37th (3:14.96).
-Nikki Nunn is 32nd in the long jump with a mark of 5.90m (19-04.25).
Seeking Top Fives
-The Boilermakers have a number of competitors who are close to entering the top five lists in Purdue history. Harris’ converted time is .10 second off fifth in Purdue lore.
-Dan Porter’s mile time is 3.84 seconds off fifth place.
-Winters’ 60m hurdles time is .04 second outside the top five.
-Ciana Tabb improved her fourth fastest time in the women’s 60m hurdles. Her time of 8.55 seconds is .08 second behind third. Leah Kincaid holds the record with a time of 8.25 seconds.
-Engel’s top shot put mark this season is .15m (0-05.75) behind fifth place.
-Enekwechi’s top weight throw mark is .60m (1-11.50) behind fifth place.
Indiana Relays Preview
-Friday’s action begins at 3 p.m. ET with the men’s weight throw, women’s long jump, and a trial of the women’s 60m hurdles.
-Friday’s action will conclude with the men’s distance medley relay which commences at 9:25 p.m.
-There will be open competition as well as invitational competition.
-More than 30 teams will compete in the Relays.
-Purdue will send 31 men and 28 women to the meet.
Boilers In Invitational Competition
-Nunn will compete in the women’s long jump invitational.
-Shawn Nickleson will compete in the men’s long jump invitational.
-Byron Ferrell, Zack Saunders, and Mitch Erickson will compete in the men’s pole vault invitational.
-Emily Becker will jump in the women’s high jump invitational.
-Bunch will throw in the women’s shot put and weight throw invitationals.
-Jordan Roos, Blair, Enekwechi, and Engel will compete in the shot put invitational.
-Enekwechi will also compete in the weight throw invitational.
-Harris and Cosey will compete in the 200m dash invitational.
-Aarin Jones and Taylor Morrison will compete in the women’s 400m dash invitational.
-Bre’Anna Smith will compete in the women’s 600m run invitational.
-Smith and Vanessa McLeod will compete in the 800m run invitational.
-Neal Omar and Kevin Griffith will compete in the men’s 800m run invitational.
-Kelly McCurdy, Linsey Daluga, and Samantha Walkow will compete in the 5,000m invitational.
-McClintock will compete in the men’s 5,000m invitational.
Battling The Best
-Davis will face Derek Drouin in the high jump. Drouin, an Indiana senior, is an Olympic Bronze Medalist from the 2012 Games, a three-time NCAA Champion, and five-time Big Ten Champion in the event.
-The men’s weight throwers will compete against U.S. Olympian A.G. Kruger. Kruger is competing for Nike and was the 2012 U.S. Indoor Champion with a distance of 24.57m (80-07.00). Kruger has a personal best of 25.18m (82-07.50).
-Nickleson will battle Kamal Fuller of Alabama in the long jump. Fuller is currently sixth in the nation with a distance of 7.60m (24-11.25)
-The men’s pole vaulters will face Michael Viken of Eastern Illinois. Viken is sixth in the nation with a best of 5.40m (17-08.50).
-Becker will face Krystle Schade of Alabama in the high jump. Schade currently has the NCAA’s best mark with a height of 1.88m (6-02.00).
-Bunch will face the nation’s best weight thrower and second best shot putter in Felisha Johnson of Indiana State.
-Scott Barnas will provide the Purdue throwers a tough test in the shot put. Barnas, competing unattached, has thrown over 19m (62-04.00) this season.