March 11, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The USTFCCCA announced its All-Americans list on Monday and three Purdue men picked up first team honors while two more were on the second team. Jakob Engel, Geoff Davis, and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi all were named First Team All-America for their efforts at the NCAA Indoor National Championships over the weekend.
All three men that competed at the NCAA Championships were able to score for the Boilermakers. Engel got things going as he was the only one to compete on Friday. The senior took eighth place in the shot put with a throw of 18.96m (62-02.50). The finish earned one point for the Purdue men and built momentum heading into Saturday.
Enekwechi was first to compete on the second day of the championships. The freshman made it onto the podium in the weight throw with a throw of 21.52m (70-07.25). That was good for the bronze medal in the competition and six points for the men. Davis wrapped up the weekend for Purdue with his performance in the high jump. He took fifth overall after tying his personal record and the school record with a jump of 2.26m (7-05). That earned four points for Purdue which brought its total to 11. The men tied for 18th in the country.
The three men are the first Purdue men to earn All-America honors for indoor track and field since Davis' sophomore year, 2011, when he did so by finishing tied for fourth in the country in the high jump.
Vanessa McLeod and Dani Bunch were named Second Team All-America for their efforts over the weekend. Bunch took 13th in the nation in the weight throw after throwing 19.78m (64-10.75). McLeod finished 14th in the country in the 800m run. The freshman ran a time of 2:11.59. Bunch has earned Second Team All-America honors each of her three indoor seasons for the weight throw. She also earned the honor in the shot put last season.
The Boilermakers wrapped up the indoor season with the National Championship meet. The team will now hit the road to begin the outdoor season with a spring break trip scheduled for Myrtle Beach, S.C. this weekend.