March 5, 2013
This is the seventh 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.
Five To Fayetteville
-The Boilermakers have five qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday and Saturday.
-Jakob Engel qualified in the shot put after throwing the school’s second-best mark with a distance of 19.16m (62-10.50). That ranks 12th in the country this season.
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi made the championships with the fifth-best weight throw in the nation which he threw at the B1G Championships. His distance is 21.90m (71-10.25).
-Geoff Davis qualified in the high jump. He enters with the sixth-best jump in the country after he cleared 2.26m (7-05) at the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational.
-Vanessa McLeod has the nation’s ninth-best time in the 800m run. Her time of 2:05.21 won the B1G Championship and is a Purdue record.
-Dani Bunch qualified with the fifth-best weight throw. She threw 21.61m (70-10.75) at the B1G Championships.
New Rankings Released
-The USTFCCCA released its final rankings before the NCAA Championships on Tuesday.
-The Purdue women held steady at No. 33 in the nation with counted points from Bunch and McLeod. That is third highest in the Big Ten.
-The men moved up five spots to No. 34 with points from Enekwechi, Davis, and Engel. That is eighth in the B1G.
Rewriting The Top Fives
-Purdue has added names to 19 top-five categories in all-time program history during the 2013 indoor season including four at the top of the lists.
-Matthew McClintock and Kelly McCurdy each ran the third-fastest 5k in school history. McClintock also ran the second-fastest 3k while McCurdy ran the fourth-fastest time over the same distance at the B1G Championships.
-Brandon Winters and Ciana Tabb moved up the top five in the hurdles. Winters ran a 7.82 seconds time, the fifth-fastest time in school history, to earn the bronze medal while Tabb ran the third-fastest time in Purdue lore with a mark of 8.43 seconds at B1Gs.
-Bunch and Enekwechi added their names to the weight throw lists. Bunch threw the second-best women’s mark, 21.61m (70-10.75) to finish runner-up, while Enekwechi recorded a toss of 21.90m (71-10.25), the fourth-best mark in Boilermaker history, to finish third at the B1Gs.
-Aarin Jones ran the fifth-fastest 400m time in Purdue women’s track history after clocking in at 55.04 seconds.
-The men’s 4x400m relay team ran a time of 3:09.73 to finish fifth at B1Gs. That time is believed to be the second-fastest in program history and the fastest since 1988.
-The women’s relay team ran a 3:40.27 which is second in Purdue history and just .17 second behind the top mark.
-Dan Porter broke the school record in the mile with a time of 4:05.91.
-Davis tied the school record in the high jump with his mark.
-Engel, Enekwechi, and Coy Blair cracked the top five in the shot put, though Blair’s mark now ranks sixth after Engel moved into second.
-McLeod broke the school record in the 800m run and is fifth in the 600m run.
-Bunch broke her own school record in the shot put on Jan. 25 at the Hoosier Invite.
NCAAs Look Like B1Gs For Throwers, 800m Runners
-The Big Ten Conference is scheduled to send seven men, including Enekwechi, to the NCAA Championships for the weight throw. That is more than any other conference.
-The conference qualified four women for the weight throw at the NCAAs. That is the most of any conference.
-The Big Ten is sending three men, including Engel, to the NCAAs for the shot put. That is tied for the most of any conference with the SEC.
-The Big Ten is also sending two women to the NCAAs for the shot put.
-Including McLeod, the Big Ten is sending four women to the NCAA Championships in the 800m run, tied with the Pac-12 for the most of any conference.
-The Big Ten men also send four to the 800m championships. That is tied with the SEC for most.
Top Of The Class
-The men’s and women’s cross country teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors last week. It was the fifth-straight year for the men and the seventh-straight year for the women to earn the honor. The qualify, teams must start at least five runners at regionals and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
-McClintock earned a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for his scholastic and athletic achievements last year. To qualify, one must finish top 15 at a regional championship and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
-The team has now signed 10 incoming freshman, nine women and one man.
-Savannah Carson, Carmiesha Cox, Devynne Charlton, Shantyra Delaney, Taylor Dunlap, Makayla Earnheart, Kiara McIntosh, 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.
What’s Up Next
-The Boilermakers will send the five aforementioned student-athletes to the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas.
-After this weekend’s events, the indoor season will end and the outdoor season will begin for the Boilermakers on March 14-16 at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
-All track and field and cross alumni are invited to the 2013 reunion.
-The reunion will be over the weekend of April 19th and 20th, the same weekend as the team hosts the Dave Rankin Outdoor Track and Field Invite.
-More information about the event can be found by clicking here.
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