This is the fifth 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 continues to put its student-athletes names at the top of the record books. Geoff Davis brought the season total to four Purdue records broken or tied. -Davis tied a 12-year old Purdue record in the high jump when he cleared 2.26m (7-05.00) on Saturday at the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invite. Davis’ jump can be seen at the bottom of the page. -Purdue broke two school records at the SPIRE D1 Indoor Track and Field Invite (2/8-2/9). -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 (1/25) 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).
Shot Putters In The Rankings -Purdue has three men ranked in the top 26 in the shot put. Georgia is the only other school with as many top ranked throwers. -Freshman Chukwuebuka Enekwechi leads the group as he is 16th in the nation with a distance of 18.66m (61-02.75). -Freshman Coy Blair is just behind Enekwechi. Blair is 17th in the country with a distance of 18.58m (60-11.50)/ -Senior Jakob Engel ranks 26th in the shot put. He threw 18.41m (60-05.00) on Jan. 19. -Enekwechi and Blair are the only two freshmen in the top 20 nationally. Including the two Boilermakers, there are four rookies in the top 25. -Enekwechi and Blair moved into the fourth and fifth, respectively, in Purdue history in the shot put. Each moved ahead of Nick Swathwood, 18.57m (60-11.25), and Chris Spurrier, 18.56m (60-10.75). Next on the list is Scott Hecht who has Purdue’s third best throw with a distance of 18.83m (61-09.50). -Dani Bunch’s school-record distance of 16.70m (54-09.50) ranks 14th in the nation among women’s throwers.
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. 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 eighth 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 ninth in the country for women with a season-best of 21.02m (68-11.75).
Big Ten Throws Lead The Nation -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 more than any other conference in the country. All six Big Ten men are also in the top 20. -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, and eight in the top 15 nationally. All of these are the most of any conference. -Five women from the Big Ten are in the top 25 nationally, including three in the top 10, in the women’s weight throw including Bunch’s ninth 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 6th best high jump in the country with a height of 2.26m (7-05.00). -McLeod’s school-record time is 39th in the country in the 800m run. -Brandon Winters is 28th 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 24th in the nation with a time of 9:51.91. -Byron Ferrell climbed into the ranks with the 43rd-best pole vault height in the country after the SPIRE Invite. Ferrell cleared 5.20m (17-00.75). -Eric Harris’ converted time of 21.29 seconds in the 200m dash from last week’s Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invite ranks 46th in the nation.
Two-Sport Stars -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 17.65m (57-11.00) which is the best among division one athletes. Roos is just 3.50 inches shy of the top mark in that category. He is also one of just two freshmen in the top 20 on that list. Roos is also ranked 55th in the nation for all shot putters. -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.
Chasing Top Fives -Aside from the four school record marks and Enekwechi and Blair’s marks this season, a number of other Boilermakers have either entered the top five in program history or are knocking on the door. -Ciana Tabb continues to improve her fourth place time in the hurdles. She began the year fourth in Purdue lore with a time of 8.59 seconds. She is now fourth with a best of 8.52 seconds which she ran over the weekend. She is now .05 seconds from tying Krissy Liphardt’s third place time. -Twyla Winfrey is .09 seconds from tying the fifth-best 60m dash time in Purdue history. The freshman posted a time of 7.68 seconds over the weekend. -Harris is just .17 seconds from the fifth place mark in the 200m dash. Harris has a time of 21.52 seconds this season. His converted time in the event from last weekend would rank fifth, though Purdue only counts true marks. -Aarin Jones is just .17 seconds off the fifth place time in the 400m dash. Jones has a time of 55.68 seconds in the event. -Matthew McClintock has a best time of 8:10.58 in the 3,000-meter run. That is just .77 second behind the fifth-place mark. -Kelly McCurdy has the fifth place mark in the women’s 3k. Her time of 9:33.37 moved into the ranks last season at the conference meet. -Winters’ time of 7.88 seconds in the 60m hurdles is just .04 second out of fifth in Purdue history. -Enekwechi’s fifth place distance in the weight throw is just 4.25 inches shy of the fourth place mark held by Hecht.
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.
Big Ten Championships Are Here -The Big Ten Championships are finally here. The Boilermakers will travel to the SPIRE Institute where they competed just two weeks ago for a chance at a conference crown. -The championships will begin on Friday and continue through Saturday. -Live results and a live blog will be available on PurdueSports.com inside the Game Day Central main page.
Track And Field Online -Follow the team on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC. -The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.