Jan. 29, 2013
This is the second edition of Purdue Track Tidbits. The weekly update features a weekly update that will cover upcoming news and events, national standings, top performers, school records, and other happenings within the program. These ‘tidbits’ are released each Tuesday of the season.
Thrower Tossing Out The Record Books
-Dani Bunch broke her own school record in the shot put over the weekend. Bunch threw 16.70m (54-09.50) to break her previous record by two inches. Bunch also sits in second in Purdue history in the weight throw, just 1 foot, 11.75 inches shy of tying the program best of 21.62m (70-11.25).
Throwers Shot (Put) Up The Rankings
-Purdue has two men in the top 15 and three ranked in the top 20 in the shot put. No other school has multiple throwers in the top 15 and just one, Georgia, has even two in the top 20.
-Freshman Coy Blair had his best performance as a Boilermaker with a throw of 18.50m (60-08.50). He ranks 12th in the nation to lead Purdue throwers.
-Senior Jakob Engel ranks 15th in the shot put. He threw 18.41m (60-05.00) on Jan. 19.
-Redshirt freshman Chukwuebuka Enekwechi ranks 20th in the country. Enekwechi threw 18.21m (59-09.00)
-Bunch’s school record distance ranks 12th in the nation among women’s throwers.
Weight, Don’t Forget Us!
-Purdue also has a pair of throwers in the top 20 in the weight throw. Bunch ranks fifth in the country for women while Enekwechi is 17th on the men’s side after a personal best of 19.76m (64-10.00) over the weekend.
Big Ten Has Deep Field Of Throwers
-Including Purdue’s three top 20 men’s shot putters, the Big Ten has seven of the top 25 individuals in the nation, more than any other conference.
-Including Bunch’s Big Ten leading shot put distance, the conference boasts five of the top 25 women in the event, which is tied with the Big 12 and Pac-12 for the most of any conference.
-The Big Ten has six men in the top 25 in the weight throw including Enekwechi. That is more than any other conference.
-Four women from the Big Ten are in the top 25 nationally in the women’s weight throw including Bunch’s fifth ranked throw. The Missouri Valley Conference leads the way with five.
Chasing School Records
-Aside from Bunch setting the shot put school record in the shot put and sitting second in the weight throw, another Boilermaker is nearing a Purdue record. Geoff Davis has the nation’s 10th best mark in the high jump this season, 2.22m (7-03.25). 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.
-Brandon Winters is 19th in the country in the 60m hurdles with a best of 7.88 seconds.
-Matthew McClintock is 30th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:29.58.
-In the women’s 5,000m, Kelly McCurdy, Samantha Walkow, and Linsey Daluga are 31st, 35th, and 45th, respectively.
Calling All Track And Field Alumni
-Head coach Lonnie Greene will have an exclusive, live interview that will be streamed online for all Purdue track and field alumni. The stream will be broadcast on PurdueSports.com at 6:30 tonight (Tuesday). To obtain the specific URL, please contact the team’s supervisor of operations, Toyinda Wilson-Long, by email at LHS@purdue.edu. Viewers will be able to participate in a live Q & A with the first year Purdue coach.
-Alumni are also invited back to campus this spring for a reunion on April 19th and 20th. For more information about the reunion, which coincides with the track and field teams’ Dave Rankin Invitational at the Rankin Track and Field, please contact Wilson-Long.
Honoring Fred Wilt
-The Boilermaker Invitational, which Purdue will host on Feb. 16 in Lambert Fieldhouse, will be renamed the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational to honor the former Purdue head coach.
-Fred Wilt was the Purdue track and field and cross country head coach from 1978-89, one of the programs most successful eras. Wilt led the cross country team to a second place finish at the Big Ten Championships in 1983 as well as a second place outdoor track and field finish in 1986. Wilt then coached the women’s team to the programs first Big Ten Title for the outdoor season in 1987. The late Purdue leader coached 17 All-Americans and one National Champion. Wilt is a member of the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame, USATF Hall of Fame, as well as the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame where he competed collegiately.
-Purdue will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.
-Roughly 1,000 participants from more than 30 teams will compete in the weekend meet on Friday and Saturday.
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-This weekend and for all home events, a live blog will be available at PurdueSports.com on the track and field page. Fans can participate in a live discussion by asking questions or commenting on anything Purdue track and field or pertaining to the meet.