March 13, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Boilermakers head to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Purdue had two men and two women qualify for a total of seven events.
Dani Bunch and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi are repeat qualifiers, as both made it in the weight throw a year ago. This weekend, though, both will compete in multiple events as each also is among the nation's top 16 in the shot put. Bunch won the Big Ten Championship in the weight throw two weeks ago and was runner-up in the shot put. She has season-best marks of 17.19m (56-04.75) and 22.35m (73-4) in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Her shot put mark is fourth in the country while weight throw mark is third. Enekwechi has the nation's 14th-best shot put distance with a mark of 19.24m (63-1.50) and the second-best weight throw mark with a distance of 23.62m (77-6). Enekwechi took the bronze medal in both events at the Big Ten Championships.
Bunch is one of just two women to qualify in both the weight throw and shot put. The other is Kearsten Peoples of Missouri, who has the No. 1 shot put mark in the nation with a season-best of 17.81m (58-5.25) and the 10th-best weight throw mark with a distance of 21.18m (69-6). Enekwechi is also just one of two to qualify in both events, with the other being Antonio James of Michigan State. James has the nation's eighth-best shot put mark and fourth-best weight throw toss.
Raheem Mostert makes his first ever trip to the NCAA Championships, but he has a full plate as well. The Big Ten Champion in the 60- and 200-meter dashes qualified in both events, as his 6.63 seconds school-record 60m time is 14th in the country, and his Big Ten Meet record-time of 20.73 seconds in the 200m is eighth nationally. Mostert is one of five men who qualified in both events. Prezel Hardy Jr. of Texas A&M, Aaron Brown of USC, Diondre Batson of Alabama and Shavez Hart of Texas A&M are the other four. Mostert and the other four double-qualifiers will have a busy day, as the 60m prelims are scheduled for 9:25 p.m. ET on Friday and the 200m prelims are just 40 minutes later at 10:05 p.m. If any qualify for the finals in the 200m, those are scheduled for Friday at 11:05 p.m.
Cierra Brown is the fourth Boilermaker to qualify. The sophomore advanced in the triple jump, as her school-record mark of 13.00m (42-08) is tied for the 14th-best jump in the country this year. Brown earned the bronze medal at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago. Brown is scheduled to jump at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Though the Boilermakers qualified one less individual for the NCAA Championships than they did a year ago, Purdue has an individual in two more events than it did at the 2013 event. Last year, the Boilermakers had three men and two women qualify, but all in just one event.
Purdue's schedule of events is below. All times are listed in Eastern, though the event takes place in the Mountain Time Zone.
6 p.m. - Men's Weight Throw Trials & Finals - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
9 p.m. - Women's Weight Throw Trials & Finals - Dani Bunch
9:25 p.m. - Men's 60m Dash Semifinals - Raheem Mostert
10:05 p.m. - Men's 200m Dash Semifinals - Raheem Mostert
11:05 p.m. - Men's 200m Dash Finals - Raheem Mostert*
5:30 p.m. - Men's Shot Put Trials & Finals - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi
8 p.m. - Women's Shot Put Trials & Finals - Dani Bunch
8 p.m. - Women's Triple Jump Trials & Finals - Cierra Brown
9 p.m. - Men's 60m Dash Finals - Raheem Mostert*
*Mostert will compete in finals if he qualifies through the semifinals
Live results can be found by following Purdue track and field on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC. Live results will also be available on PurdueSports.com on the schedule. A live, interactive blog will also be available on the Game Day Central Page, which will be made available on Friday prior to competitions. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions, comment or root on the Boilermakers in the live blog. A full recap of each day's action will be available on PurdueSports.com.)