Feb. 4, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The USTFCCCA released its second regular-season Division I National Team Computer Rankings on Tuesday and the Purdue women remained at No. 14, their highest ranking in program history. The ranking is the program’s best rank since the polls debuted in 2008, and is the highest for a team in the Big Ten this week.
The women were ranked No. 17 in the country in the preseason poll before jumping to 14th last week. The Boilermakers are one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. Michigan is the second highest-ranked team from the conference, as the Wolverines are ranked No. 18. Penn State jumped into the top 25 for the first time this season at No. 20.
On the men’s side, the Boilermakers jumped one spot up to No. 31 nationally. Five teams from the Big Ten are in the top 25, led by No. 5 Wisconsin. The men’s No. 31 ranking tops the program’s previous best from the last two weeks as the 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 Continue To Be Nation’s Best
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch each has the nation’s No. 1 mark in the weight throw.
-Enekwechi took down seven-time US Weight Throw Champion and former Division II National Champion A.G. Kruger last weekend at the Findlay Elite Invite. Enekwechi threw 23.62m (77-06.00), which is the best in the world this year.
-Enekwechi had four throws at the meet that were farther than any other collegians best throw this year. His PR, a Purdue school record, leads the second-best thrower in the country by nearly three feet.
-Bunch broke the school record, and Findlay fieldhouse record, in the shot put on her first attempt on Friday with a mark of 17.19m (56-04.75). She twisted her ankle on her second throw and eventually passed on her final three attempts. Bunch’s mark is the third-best in the country this year.
-Despite twisting her ankle, Bunch came back in the weight throw and won with a mark of 21.98m (72-01.25), a mark that is better than every other collegiate thrower this year, despite not being her personal best.
-Bunch has won all 10 events she has competed in this year.
-Coy Blair threw a season best in the shot put with a mark of 18.40m (60-04.50) to tie for third in the event. His mark is tied for 33rd-best in the country this year.
-In the weight throw, Blair threw a 30cm PR with a mark of 19.48m (63-11.00). That distance ranks him 40th in the country.
National Signing Period
-The track and field national signing period begins 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.
Big Ten Throwers May Be Best Ever
-The Big Ten men’s weight throw performance gets better and better every week, as the conference now boasts the top four weight throwers in the country.
-Enekwechi leads the group with his mark of 23.62m (77-06.00), 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 country with a throw of 22.74m (74-07.25). Minnesota’s Jon Lehman jumped into fourth after throwing 22.09m (72-05.75) over the weekend.
-The top three marks in the Big Ten this year are all better than the winning throw at last year’s NCAA Championships.
-Kent State has the only other thrower in the country to record a mark over 22m (22.01m, 72-02.50) this year.
-The Big Ten boasts eight of the top 20 weight throws in the country this year.
-In the men’s shot put, the Big Ten has three of the top 14, led by Enekwechi, and four of the top 20.
-In the women’s shot put, the Big Ten has two of the top seven, led by Bunch at third nationally, and four of the top 26.
Athletes Of The Week
-Purdue has dominated the Big Ten Athletes of the Week for the 2013-14 season.
-Bunch has won five of the six women’s field athlete of the week honors, including the last four, which ties the Big Ten record.
-Enekwechi has won four of the six men’s field athlete of the week awards this season.
-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 early in January and has twice been named honorable mention for the award, including on Monday.
-Bunch has twice been named honorable mention for the women’s USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.
-Enekwechi has earned his awards, as he has the second-best weight throw mark since February of 2010, the eighth-best mark by a division I collegian in history, and the third best by a collegiate American.
-Bunch is just outside the top 10 for all-time collegian weight throws, but the senior does have the fifth-best throw in the world this year. Her shot put mark is 19th across the globe for the season.
Two Sport Stars
-Raheem Mostert, a football player in the fall, has the ninth-best 60m dash time among football players who compete in track.
-He also has the 10th-fastest 200m dash time among football players, with a time of 21.86 seconds.
-Shane Mikesky has the 12th-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 three other marks that rank in the top 25 nationally.
-Cierra Brown has the nation’s 18th-best triple jump distance with a mark of 12.71m (41-08.50).
-Nikki Nunn has the 20th-best long jump mark in the country with a leap of 6.13m (20-01.50).
-Brandon Winters has the 20th-best 60m hurdles time at 7.88 seconds.
-The Purdue throwers will travel to Notre Dame this weekend to compete in the two-day Meyo Invite, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The throwers will not compete.
Follow Purdue Track And Field
-Follow the team on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.