Jan. 31, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams travel north on Friday as the Boilermakers will compete in the two day Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame. This is the 26th year of existence for the meet and it will be held inside the Loftus Sport Center.
Nearly 50 teams and over 1,000 athletes are set to compete in the weekend invite. A total of 10 Big Ten teams will be on hand at the meet as Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and the Northwestern women join Purdue.
The Boilermakers are led by one of the nation’s best throws groups. On the men’s side, Purdue boasts two shot putters in the top 15, the most in the country, and three in the top 20, also the most in the nation. Coy Blair leads the way in the shot put with the 12th best mark while Jakob Engel is close behind in 15th. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi has the 20th best shot put distance on the season. In the weight throw, Enekwechi is 17th nationally to pace the Boilermakers. Eric Dean as well as Blair will also compete in the event. Dani Bunch is the top shot putter in the Big Ten on the women’s side. She will again do battle with Felisha Johnson of Indiana State, the nation’s second best in the event. Bunch will also compete in the weight throw against Johnson where the Sycamore is the nation’s best.
The men’s 60m hurdles will be a preview of the event at the Big Ten Championships in three weeks. Three of the current top six from the conference are scheduled to compete in the event including Brandon Winters for Purdue. Winters has a best this year of 7.88 seconds. The women’s race is much of the same as three of the top 10 from the conference will compete including Ciana Tabb for the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers will have a team compete in the distance medley relay for the first time this season. Dana Payonk, Taylor Morrison, Vanessa McLeod, and Blair Doney are scheduled to compete for the women against nine other schools including two teams from Minnesota and one from Michigan. The men have Tyler Wynn, Andrew Kendrick, Kevin Griffith, and Dan Porter scheduled to compete against seven other teams including groups from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Purdue will send 29 women and 25 men to the weekend invitational. Friday’s action is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET and wrap up close to 10 p.m. On Sunday, the competition will begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up at close to 5:30 p.m.
Live results will be available on PurdueSports.com. A live blog will also be available on the Game Day Central Page at PurdueSports.com for fans to participate, ask questions, and add comments about the weekend’s events. Fans can also follow the team on FaceBook and Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC, for updates throughout the season. FloTrack will also cover the event as they are offering a live stream. That stream will be available for a fee and can be purchased on the website.