WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three Boilermakers – one current and two former – will represent three nationals at IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain this weekend. Thrower alums Dani (Bunch) Hill and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will compete in the women’s and men’s shot put, respectively, while Devynne Charlton will run the 60-meter hurdles.
Devynne Charlton will get things started for the Boilermakers at the championships. Charlton, whose indoor eligibility was exhausted, but will compete for the Boilermakers outdoors this year, will represent the Bahamas. She has the 14th-fastest 60-meter hurdles time entered in the meet with a season-best of 8.05 seconds. Heats begin Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET. The top 16 will advance to the semifinals, which will start Saturday at 1:05 p.m. From there, the top eight advance to finals, which begin Saturday at 3:55.
Hill will also compete Friday for the United States. She advanced to the meet after winning the shot put at the U.S. Indoor Championships earlier this month. She has the eighth-best throw entered in the meet with a season-best mark of 18.10 meters (59-4.50). The women’s shot put finals are scheduled to begin Friday at 3:20 p.m.
Enekwechi will compete Saturday for Nigeria. He has the 10th-best throw entered in the meet with a season-best mark of 20.89 meters (68-6.50). The men’s shot put finals are scheduled to begin Saturday at 6:57 a.m.
The three Boilermakers are some of the most decorated in program history. Combined, they have earned 30 All-America honors during their careers, including 18 first team nods, 16 Big Ten gold medals, eight Big Ten Athletes of the Championships, seven Big Ten Athletes of the Year, a Big Ten Freshman of the Year and hold 12 different school records.