Feb. 12, 2013
This is the fourth 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.
Boilermakers, Record Breakers
-Purdue broke two school records over the weekend at the SPIRE D1 Indoor Track and Field Invite.
-Dan Porter broke Tim Smith’s 35-year old record in the mile after running a time of 4:05.91. Smith’s record was 4:06.27.
-Vanessa McLeod broke the women’s 800m run record. McLeod, a freshman, finished in 2:07.70 which was 0.20 second faster than Brooke Woodruff’s school record, set in 2006.
-Dani Bunch broke the women’s shot put school record earlier this season. Bunch threw 16.70m (54-09.50) at the IU Relays 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).
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
-The team has signed nine incoming freshman, eight women and one man.
-Savannah Carson, Carmiesha Cox, Devynne Charlton, Shantyra Delaney, Taylor Dunlap, Makayla Earnheart, Chelsie Meeks, and Hope Schmelze join the women’s team.
-Obokhare Ikpefan signed on with the men’s team.
-The track signing period began last Wednesday and continues to the start of August.
-A full release including statistics, achievements, and more will be available for the entire class once it is completed.
Enekwechi, B1G Dominate The Weight Throw
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi improved his fifth-place mark in Purdue history in the weight throw after his performance at SPIRE Invitational over the weekend. Enekwechi threw 21.02m (68-11.75) which is two feet, one and three quarter inches farther than his previous best. That distance is also good for fifth in the nation.
-Enekwechi is 3 feet, four inches shy of the school record which is held by his coach, Keith McBride.
-Dani Bunch ranks eighth in the country for women with a season-best of 21.02m (68-11.75).
Shot Putters In The Rankings
-Purdue has three men ranked in the top 30 in the shot put. Georgia is the only other school with as many top ranked throwers.
-Freshman Coy Blair leads the group as he is tied for 18th with a distance of 18.50m (60-08.50).
-Senior Jakob Engel ranks 22nd in the shot put. He threw 18.41m (60-05.00) on Jan. 19.
-Redshirt freshman Chukwuebuka Enekwechi ranks 27th in the country. Enekwechi threw 18.21m (59-09.00)
-Dani Bunch’s school-record distance of 16.70m (54-09.50) ranks 13th in the nation among women’s throwers.
Big Ten Throws Stronger Than Ever
-Including Purdue’s two top 25 men’s shot putters, the Big Ten has six of the top 25 individuals in the nation. That number is tied for the most of any conference with the Southeastern Conference.
-Including Bunch’s Big Ten leading shot put distance, the conference boasts five of the top 25 women in the event. That is tied for the most with the Pac 12 and Big 12.
-The Big Ten has three men in the top five in the weight throw, six in the top 10, eight in the top 16, and 10 of the top 30 nationally. All of these are the most of any conference.
-Five women from the Big Ten are in the top 25 nationally in the women’s weight throw including Bunch’s eighth ranked throw. That is tied for the most of any conference with the Missouri Valley Conference.
Boilers In The Ranks
-Aside from the throwers, a number of other Boilers are in the top 50 nationally.
-Geoff Davis has the 12th best high jump in the country with a height of 2.22m (7-03.25).
-McLeod’s school-record time is 38th in the country in the 800m run.
-Brandon Winters is 24th in the country in the 60m hurdles with a best of 7.88 seconds.
-The men’s 4x400m relay team of Mario Cosey, Nicholas Parks, Andre’ Peart, and Andrew Kendrick is ranked 50th with a time of 3:11.76.
-The men’s distance medley relay team of Scott Lasiter, Parks, Kevin Griffith, and Porter is ranked 20th in the nation with a time of 9:51.91.
-Byron Ferrell climbed into the ranks with the 41st-best pole vault height in the country. Ferrell cleared 5.20m (17-00.75).
-Jordan Roos, an offensive lineman on the gridiron, has the second-best shot put distance on the year among footballers competing in track and field. Roos has a throw of 17.24m (56-06.75) which is the best among division one athletes. He is also one of just two freshmen in the top 15 on that list.
-Shane Mikesky, a wide receiver on the football team, has the 12th-best 60m hurdles time among footballers on the track with a time of 8.27. He is sixth among such division one athletes.
Honoring Fred Wilt
-The Boilermaker Invitational, which Purdue will host this weekend 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 has its final preparation for the Big Ten Championships this weekend as the Boilermakers host the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday.
-Live results and a live blog will be available on PurdueSports.com.
-The Boilermakers have the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Feb. 22-23 at the SPIRE Institute, just a week and a half away.
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