Three Boilermakers Earn All-America Honors

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March 12, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its All-America Teams on Monday, and three Boilermakers were on the list. Leah Eber, Dani Bunch and Geoff Davis earned the national honors.

Eber earned First Team All-America honors for her third-place effort in the women's long jump at the NCAA Championships over the weekend. The senior capped off a record setting year with the bronze medal just weeks after winning the gold medal at the Big Ten Championships. Eber was named the women's Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for her efforts during the season. She won four long jump events and had a runner-up finish prior to the Big Ten meet. Eber was the first woman in Purdue school history to win that award. She also has the six longest jumps in Purdue school history with the record standing at 6.47m (21-02.75).

Bunch was named Second Team All-American in both the weight throw and shot put. The sophomore finished 14th in the country in the weight throw and 16th in the shot put at the NCAA Championships. Earlier in the season, Bunch won the gold medal at the Big Ten Championships in the weight throw and the silver medal in the shot put. For that effort, she was named the Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Championships. She is the first woman in program history to earn that award. Furthermore, Bunch and Eber are the first duo from the same school to earn the women's indoor Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships in the same season. Bunch also set the school record in the shot put the week before the NCAA Championships with a distance of 16.65m (54-07.50).

Davis earned a spot on the All-American Second Team for the men's high jump. The Indianapolis native finished 15th in the high jump at the NCAA Championships. Davis also earned a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships in the event earlier this season. The junior qualified for the NCAA meet a week ago at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. It took him to his final attempt at 2.23m (7-03.75) to qualify, but Davis stepped up and cleared the height to give him the eighth best jump in the country.

The Boilermakers have the spring break week off before starting up the outdoor season next week. Purdue will compete in two meets from March 22 to 24. Part of the team will travel to Starkville, Miss., for the SEC-Big Ten Challenge while another group will head to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational.