Feb. 14, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers wrap up the home slate on Saturday with the Fred Wilt Invitational. Purdue welcomes nine teams to Lambert Fieldhouse for the meet, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.
The meet is set to begin with the women’s weight throw, where Purdue’s Dani Bunch will look to retake the national lead. Bunch, a fifth-year senior, had led the nation in the event since the season-opening meet in December, before Brea Garrett of Texas A&M launched a throw of 22.66m (74-04.25) last weekend to take the collegiate lead by one foot and a quarter inch. Bunch will be up against some top-10 competition, as Jackie Leppelmeier of Kent State is scheduled to compete. Leppelmeier is currently seventh in the country in the event.
The men’s event will follow and should be pretty exciting as well. Purdue’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi holds the national lead by two feet, two inches over Big Ten rival Michael Lihrman of Wisconsin. Though Enekwechi holds the collegiate lead, and Purdue-school and fieldhouse records, the sophomore will look to regain the 2014 world lead as he was bumped from his top spot for the first time this year by A.G. Kruger, who launched a throw of 24.00m (78-09.00). If Enekwechi can top Kruger’s mark, it may come with a NCAA Division-I record, as the record is 24.02m (78-09.75) by SMU’s Libor Charfreitag from 2001. The Big Ten record and American collegiate record is held by Ohio State’s Dan Taylor from 2004 and is 24.01m (78-09.25).
The Boilermakers will look to chase school records in a handful of other events. Raheem Mostert is fourth in both the 60m and the 200m dashes. His 60m time of 6.73 seconds is 0.02 of a second out of third, 0.03 of a second out of second and 0.07 of a second off the program standard. In the 200m, the junior two-sport star is 0.04 of a second out of third, 0.23 of a second out of second and 0.70 of a second off the record. The men’s 60m dash prelims are scheduled for 12:45 p.m., and the finals will be at 2:50. The 200m is scheduled for 4:25.
In the women’s 60m dash, Twyla Winfrey ran the second-fastest time in program history last weekend, clocking in at 7.50 seconds. That time is 0.09 of a second off the program record. Devynne Charlton will look to climb up the list, as she has the sixth-fastest time in the event with a mark of 7.50 seconds. The women’s 60m dash prelims are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the finals will be at 2:45.
The meet is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. The full schedule of events can be found at the top of the page under the “Home Meets” tab.
Live results will be available on PurdueSports.com as well as on the official Twitter feed of Purdue track and field, @PurdueTrackXC. A live blog for fan questions and interaction will be available on the Game Day Central page, which will be made available Saturday morning on PurdueSports.com. A full recap will be posted following the meet’s completion.