Jan. 28, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The USTFCCCA released its first regular-season Division I National Team Computer Rankings on Tuesday and the Purdue women earned their highest ranking in program history. The Boilermaker women are No. 14 in the country, the program’s best rank since the polls debuted in 2008.
The women improved on their preseason ranking of No. 17 in the country, which was the program’s best since 2008 when it was ranked No. 15 in the week one poll. The women’s best finish was No. 11 in the country in 1984, before there were weekly polls. The Boilermakers are one of just two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. Michigan is the highest-ranked team from the conference, as the Wolverines are ranked No. 12.
On the men’s side, the Boilermakers remained at No. 32 nationally. Five teams from the Big Ten are in the top 25, led by No. 4 Wisconsin. The men’s No. 32 ranking, as well as last week’s same rank, is the program’s best spot in the weekly polls since the week one poll of 2008 when they were ranked 25th. The men did finish 18th last season at the NCAA Championships.
Tuesday Track Tidbits
Throwers Are Nation’s Best
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch each has the nation’s No. 1 mark in the weight throw.
-Enekwechi’s distance of 23.31m (76-05.75) is the No. 1 throw in the world this year, and is the collegiate best by one foot, 10 inches.
-Bunch’s throw of 22.35m (73-04.00) is No. 5 in the world, and leads all collegiate throws by one foot, 10 and three quarter inches.
-In the shot put, Enekwechi has the Big Ten’s best mark and nation’s No. 11 distance with a throw of 19.17m (62-10.75).
-Bunch’s shot put is No. 2 in the country and No. 19 in the world, with a mark of 17.10m (56-01.25).
-Both of Bunch’s marks are school records, while Enekwechi’s weight throw is the program standard and his shot put ranks second in Purdue history.
-Coy Blair has the nation’s 30th-best shot put distance this year with a throw of 18.39m (60-04.00). He also has the 46th-best weight throw mark with a distance of 19.18m (62-11.25).
Big Ten Throwers May Be Best Ever
-The Big Ten men’s weight throw performance list looks awfully similar to the national and world list. That’s because the top three throwers in the country, and currently the world, are from the Big Ten.
-Enekwechi leads the group with his mark of 23.31m (76-05.75), while Michael Lihrman of Wisconsin has the No. 2 mark with a distance of 22.75m (74-07.75). Antonio James of Michigan State is third in the world, and nation and conference, with a throw of 22.74m (74-07.25).
The Big Ten boasts four of the top six and eight of the top 18 weight throws in the country this year.
-In the men’s shot put, the Big Ten has three of the top 17, led by Enekwechi.
-In the women’s shot put, the Big Ten has two of the top seven, led by Bunch, and four of the top 25.
Boilermakers Dominate Dual Rankings
-The Boilermaker men are ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region in Dual Meet Rankings. The Boilermakers are 3-0 this year in duals (less than five teams).
-The Purdue women are No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region behind only Notre Dame. The Purdue women are also 3-0.
-The Purdue women dropped to No. 6 in the national dual ranking polls after being No. 3 last week. The fall is due to the Boilermakers not competing in a dual last week.
-The men are ranked No. 4 in the country, though this week’s poll was not yet released at the time of publishing.
Two Sport Stars
-Raheem Mostert, a football player in the fall, has the seventh-best 60m dash time among football players who compete in track.
-Mostert’s time is also No. 44 in the country overall this year.
-He also has the ninth-fastest 200m dash time among football players, with a time of 21.86 seconds.
-Shane Mikesky has the seventh-fastest 60m hurdles time among college football players, with a time of 8.30 seconds.
Other Top-25 Marks
-Aside from Bunch and Enekwechi, Purdue has four other marks that rank in the top 25 nationally.
-Cierra Brown has the nation’s 13th-best triple jump distance with a mark of 12.71m (41-08.50).
-Nikki Nunn has the 15th-best long jump mark in the country with a leap of 6.13m (20-01.50).
-Brandon Winters has the 17th-best 60m hurdles time at 7.88 seconds.
-Kari Shoolbraid has the 24th-fastest 800m time after crossing the finish line at the Gene Edmonds Cup in a converted time of 2:09.58.
National Signing Period
-The track and field national signing period begins next Wednesday, Feb. 5, and continues until Aug. 1.
-The Boilermakers will announce their newcomers for the men’s and women’s teams on Twitter as the National Letters of Intent are received. The Twitter handle to follow is @PurdueTrackXC.
-An in-depth release on Purdue’s newcomers is expected to be posted the following week.
Athletes Of The Week
-Purdue has dominated the Big Ten Athletes of the Week for the 2013-14 season.
-Bunch has won four of the five women’s field athlete of the week honors, including the last three.
-Enekwechi has won three of the five men’s field athlete of the week awards.
-Purdue also has a pair of track athletes of the week with Brandon Winters and Megan Plenus from December.
-Enekwechi also won the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week two weeks ago and was named honorable mention for the award last week.
-Bunch has twice been named honorable mention for the women’s USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.
-The Purdue throwers will travel to Findlay, Ohio, this weekend to compete in the Findlay Elite Invite, which is scheduled for Friday.
Follow Purdue Track And Field
-Follow the team on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.