Feb. 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams are set for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend in Geneva, Ohio. The two-day event begins on Friday and will continue through Saturday with 56 Boilermaker student-athletes competing.
The men and women will each send 28 individuals to compete. Dani Bunch headlines the women’s side. Bunch, a junior, is a two-time Big Ten Champion in the weight throw and finished runner-up in the indoor shot put last season. She currently has the Big Ten’s top mark in the shot put this season by seven and a half inches with a mark that is the Purdue school record. In the weight throw, she is currently third in the conference and trails the top mark by 1-02.75.
Geoff Davis leads the men’s team into the championships. Davis has finished runner-up the last two seasons at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the high jump. Last week, the senior tied the school record in the event after clearing 2.26m (7-05.00). He is currently third in the conference in the event.
The men’s throwers will finally get their chance against the nation’s best. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Coy Blair, and Jakob Engel are all in the top seven in the conference in the shot put. Enekwechi leads the way with the fourth-best mark while Blair is fifth and Engel seventh. In the weight throw, Enekwechi ranks fifth in the conference despite the fact that he is eighth in the nation.
The Boilermakers will also send some of the Big Ten’s top hurdles to the championships. On the men’s side, Brandon Winters has the sixth-best time in the event for the season with a mark of 7.88 seconds. On the women’s side, Ciana Tabb leads the Purdue group as she is 10th in the conference with a time of 8.52 seconds which she ran last week.
Purdue also hopes to make a splash with several of its freshmen, including Blair and Enekwechi. Vanessa McLeod is eighth in the conference in the 800m run. Her time of 2:07.70 is a school record. Matthew McClintock and Caleb Kerr are both scheduled to run in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. The pair of rookies has improved throughout the season while Kerr has a top-20 time in the 5k and McClintock is top 20 in both events.
The 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships will be held at the SPIRE Institute. The Boilermakers competed at the same facility just two weeks ago for the SPIRE D1 Indoor Invite. Two school track records fell at that meet with McLeod breaking the women’s 800m mark and Dan Porter breaking a 35-year old record in the mile for the men. The track is set up around an indoor football field. The throwing events are set up in the middle of the field while the long jump and pole vault are at opposite sides of the facility beyond the track.
Last year at the indoor conference meet, the women finished ninth while the men took 11th.
Live results will be available throughout the weekend at PurdueSports.com. Fans may also follow along with the action on the Game Day Central page on PurdueSports.com. The page features national and Big Ten standings, live results links, a live and interactive blog with details about the action, and much more. The team is also on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC, as is the Big Ten Championships official feed, @BigTenChamps.