WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers wrap up the home slate this weekend with the two-day Fred Wilt Open. Purdue, including the 20th-ranked women’s team, begin the meet with the multi-events Friday at 3 p.m. ET. All other events will be Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The Boilermakers welcome Alabama State, Anderson, Bahamas, Ball State, Bethel, Butler, Fontbonne, Northern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Valparaiso and Wabash to the meet.
Purdue will have the majority of its squad in competition on the men’s and women’s sides. The women’s 400-meter group continues to be one of the program’s highlights. Last week at Clemson, the Boilermakers had two of the nation’s top-10 teams in the event. The throws have also been strong. Sarah Loesch leads the weight throwers, while Micaela Hazlewood has been the top shot putter. Molly Leppelmeier continues her strong freshman season in both. Zhane Smith is back in action in the long and triple jumps a week after setting the school freshman record in the long jump.
On the men’s side, the high jumpers continue to lead the team. Eric Blackman and Rahman Minor lead the way with both currently ranking in the top 25 nationally. Waseem Williams has been strong in the sprints and looks to improve upon his 60-meter and 200-meter dash times, which are among the best in the conference. Justin Veteto is back in action in the hurdles after running a pair of sub 8-second times last week.
In addition, the Boilermakers welcome back several talented alums who boast World Championships experience and dozens of All-America honors. Dani Bunch and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, the school records holder in the women’s and men’s shot put, respectively, will be back to compete. Anaquan Peterson, last year’s outdoor Big Ten champion in the triple jump, will be back to compete in his event. Savannah Carson, who is done indoors, but has one season of outdoor eligibility left, will compete in the long jump. She was the Big Ten champion in the event last year. Devynne Charlton, who has the same situation as Carson, will compete in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles, both events she won at Big Tens a year ago. Tate Schienbein, the school record holder in the mile, will be back to run in his event. Caleb Kerr, who is ninth in school history in the 3k and 5k, will be back to run in the 3k.
Full heat sheets can be found at the top of the page.
Admission to Lambert Fieldhouse is free for all fans both days of the meet. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC for updates throughout the meet.