WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue alumna Daniella (Bunch) Hill won the shot put at the USATF Indoor Nationals over the weekend. The national championship for Hill, a nine-time All-American at Purdue who graduated in 2014, is the first of her career.
Hill, now competing for Nike, never trailed in the competition. She opened with a throw of 17.67 meters (57-11.75) to lead after the first round. On her second attempt, she improved to 18.07 meters (59-3.50). Only one throw in the competition would be better the rest of the day, and that came on her final attempt. There, she threw her winning toss of 18.10 meters (59-4.75), a season-best.
As a Boilermaker, Hill won 11 Big Ten medals, including four golds during her career. She earned four first team All-America honors and five second team plaudits. She holds the school record in the indoor and outdoor shot put, as well as the weight throw.
Hill joins alumna Kara (Patterson) Winger as active throwing alumnae to win USATF national championships. Winger, who was recently announced for the 2018 Purdue Hall of Fame class, has won seven titles outdoors in the javelin.
Since graduating from Purdue, Hill has successfully continued her throwing her career. In three and a half years as a professional, Hill has competed at the World Championships, after earning a medal at the USATF Outdoor Championships, won multiple events on the prestigious Diamond League circuit, as well as pick up numerous other wins, including at the Drake Relays.