March 12, 2013
This is the eighth 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. Today’s tidbits will also serve as a preview for the teams’ outdoor season opener, the Shamrock Invite.
Three Is Company
-Purdue picked up three USTFCCCA First Team All-Americans at the NCAA D1 Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was named to the list after earning the bronze medal in the weight throw.
-Geoff Davis earned the honor after placing fifth in the high jump. He now has two first team honors and one second team honor to his credit.
-Jakob Engel was named an All-American after he placed eighth in the shot put.
-Enekwechi, Davis, and Engel are the first First Team All-Americans since Davis earned the honor in 2011.
Second Teamers, Too
-Two Purdue women earned Second Team All-America honors after the championships as well.
-Dani Bunch earned the honor after finishing 13th in the weight throw.
-Vanessa McLeod was named to the team after placing 14th in the 800m run.
Men Earn Third-Highest Place In Program History
-The men finished in 18th place with 11 points scored at the NCAA meet. Enekwechi earned six points, Davis four, and Engel one.
-The 18th-place finish is the third-highest in program history behind only the 2003 team’s 17th-place finish and the 2004 team’s sixth-place finish.
-The 11 points are also the third most in program history. The 2003 team scored 12 while the 2004 team earned 25.
Rewriting The Top Fives
-Purdue added names to 19 top-five categories in all-time indoor program history during the 2013 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.
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 begin the outdoor season on Thursday in the three day Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
-The teams will send 31 women and 24 men to outdoor opener.
-The meet will be held in the Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
-Coastal Carolina will host the meet.
-Kaitlyn Brace will be back in action in the javelin. She will have her first look at the 2013 season after preparing all during the indoor season.
-Caleb Fricke will also make his debut in the throws. Fricke specializes in the discus and will also compete in the hammer throw.
Who Else Is Going?
-Four of the five indoor national qualifiers are scheduled to compete with Enekwechi, Davis, Engel, and Bunch.
-Other top performers on the travel list are Blair, Kevin Griffith, Eric Harris, Andrew Kendrick, Nicholas Parks, Andre’ Peart, Porter, and Winters, among others.
-Several of the other top women will make the trip including Jones, McCurdy, Nikki Nunn, Kari Shoolbraid, and Tabb among several others.
-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.
Track And Field Online
-Follow the team on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.
-Followers of the FaceBook page can see one of the team’s top performers give a humorous, inspirational speech for the national qualifiers.