March 19, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Boilermakers swept the first weekly Big Ten track and field awards of the outdoor season, the conference announced on Wednesday. Two of winners ran top times in the country last weekend at the Anteater Four-Way Meet.
On the men's side, Andrew Kendrick picked up the first Big Ten weekly award of any kind for his career, as he is this week's men's Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week. The senior competed in the 400-meter dash and the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays and went three-for-three with wins in each event. Kendrick ran a lifetime best in the 400m with a time of 47.30 seconds and that time is currently the best in the nation for the outdoor season. In the 4x100m, he team with Anthony Brown, Tyler Askew and Eric Harris to win with a time of 41.16 seconds, which ranks seventh in the country. Kendrick capped his day with the 4x400m relay with Andre' Peart, Kendal Frederick and Mario Cosey. The team won with a time of 3:13.40, which is the nation's second fastest of the outdoor season.
Kendrick is the first Purdue male to win the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season since Josh Hembrough won on April 8, 2009.
Coy Blair picked up his first career weekly award as he was named the men's Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week. Blair won the shot put and finished second in the hammer throw over the weekend. His shot put mark of 18.33m (60-1.75) ties his outdoor PR and is third in the nation this year. The sophomore threw a mark of 53.38m (175-1) in the hammer throw, which is 40th in the country. Blair is the first Boilermaker field athlete on the men's side to win athlete of the week during the outdoor season since Geoff Davis on April 4, 2012.
On the women's side, Aarin Jones had a strong open to the season as she competed in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay. Jones won the 400m with a time of 54.67 seconds, the best in the nation for the young outdoor season. Jones was also a part of the winning 4x400m relay team with Kari Shoolbraid, BreAnna Smith and Taylor Morrison. They ran a time of 3:42.34, which also ranks No. 1 in the country this year. In the 200m, Jones finished second in the race after crossing the line in 24.79 seconds, a time that ranks 15th in the country.
Jones is the first woman in Purdue history to win a Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor during the outdoor season. The conference split the award into track athlete and field athlete of the week prior to the 2007 season. Kiersten Doyle is the last Boilermaker trackster to win the Big Ten Athlete of the Week award, which she won on April 19, 1999.
Nikki Nunn picked up the women's Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week award after winning the long jump and triple jump over the weekend. Nunn's long jump distance was 6.00m (19-8.25), which is currently the third-best mark in the country this year. She won the triple jump with a distance of 11.60m (38-0.75), which ranks 21st in the country. The award is Nunn's second of her career, as she also won it last year on March 27.
The Boilermakers wrap up their spring break trip this weekend with the USC Trojan Invite. The two-day meet is Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles.