Feb. 11, 2014
Signing Period Opens
-National Signing Period began on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and will continue until Aug. 1.
-The Boilermakers have already officially signed six women and five men with more likely in the coming weeks.
-The women are: Gabrielle Broschard, Hershey, Pa. (distance), Micaela Hazlewood, Linton, Ind. (throws), Autumn Heath, Liberty Township, Ohio (sprints), Elizabeth Iversen, Martinsville, Ind. (throws), Sarah Loesch, Columbus, Ind. (throws), and Savannah Roberson, Ypsilanti, Mich. (sprints).
-The men are: Timothy Deal, Mishawaka, Ind. (hurdles/multi), Matthew Garrison, Bedford, Ind. (jumps), Luke Lewis, Hermitage, Pa., (throws), Kinard Rolle, Nassau, Bahamans (sprints), Justin Veteto, Greenwood, Ind. (hurdles).
-A full release on the signing class will be published upon completion of the group.
Boilers Break Into Top Five
-Purdue had several individuals break into the top five in program history last weekend at the Meyo Invite.
-Kari Shoolbraid ran the second-fastest (tie) 800m time in program history with a time of 2:07.90.
-Cierra Brown leapt the fourth-best mark in the triple jump with a mark of 12.72m (41-08.75).
-Raheem Mostert ran the fourth-fastest times in the 60m and 200m dashes, with times of 6.73 seconds and 21.27 seconds, respectively.
-Matthew McClintock ran the second-fastest 3k in program history with a time of 8:06.79, just 0.40 of a second off the program standard.
-Twyla Winfrey ran the second-fastest 60m dash time in program history with a time of 7.50 seconds.
-Devynne Charlton ran the fourth-fastest (tie) hurdles time in program history with a time of 8.47 seconds.
-Charlton just missed the top five in the 60m dash, with the program’s sixth-fastest time of 7.59 seconds.
-BreAnna Smith missed the Purdue record in the 500m by 0.85 of a second, with a time of 1:13.23.
-Jake Waterman ran the third-fastest 5k in program history with a time of 14:16.37.
-Chris Arvia and Kendal Frederick just missed the top five with the sixth and seventh-fastest 500m times, respectively.
Throwers Continue To Be Nation’s Best
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch have the No. 1 and No. 2 marks, respectively, in the weight throw for their gender.
-Enekwechi threw 23.62m (77-06.00), which is the second-best in the world this year, and best collegiately.
-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). Bunch’s mark is the third-best in the country this year.
-Bunch is second in the nation in the weight throw with a mark of 22.35m (73-04.00).
-Bunch has won all 10 events she has competed in this year.
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 22.96m (75-04.00). 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 with a throw of 22.09m (72-05.75).
-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 five of the top eight and eight of the top 22 weight throws in the country this year.
-In the men’s shot put, the Big Ten has three of the top 15 and four of the top 20.
-In the women’s shot put, the Big Ten has two of the top 10, led by Bunch at third nationally, and four of the top 25.
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 seven women’s field athlete of the week honors, including four in a row which was snapped this week after she did not compete, which ties the Big Ten record.
-Enekwechi has won four of the seven 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.
-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.
Two Sport Stars
-Raheem Mostert, a football player in the fall, has the fifth-best 60m dash time among football players who compete in track.
-He also has the third-fastest 200m dash time among football players.
-Shane Mikesky has the 13th-fastest 60m hurdles time among college football players, and the fifth-fastest of Division-I programs.
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 23rd-best triple jump distance.
-Nikki Nunn has the 22nd-best long jump mark in the country.
-Jake Waterman has the 15th-fastest 5k time in the country this year.
In The Ranks
-The women’s team is ranked 15th in the country, the top spot among Big Ten teams. Michigan and Penn State are also in the top 25 at Nos. 18 and 19, respectively.
-The men’s team is ranked 31st.
-The Boilermakers will host the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. inside Lambert Fieldhouse. A select few track student-athletes will travel to Iowa for a meet hosted by Iowa State.
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