March 20, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams continue their spring break trip with the USC Trojan Invite scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The Boilermakers will compete in the Los Angeles meet beginning at 5 p.m. ET Friday.
The meet will be the first outdoor contest for the four NCAA Indoor qualifiers, Cierra Brown, Dani Bunch, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Raheem Mostert. Bunch is a two-time defending Big Ten champion in the shot put for the outdoor season and was First Team All-America in the event last year. She was earned First Team All-America in the indoor event last weekend. Enekwechi is chasing the program record in the hammer throw, though he hasn’t been able to practice it much while concentrating on the weight throw for the indoor championships. The sophomore has the No. 4 mark in program history with a personal best of 64.94m (213-01). That distance is nine feet, two inches shy of the top mark in Purdue history, held by Chris Brown. Enekwechi, who has Nigerian ties, is also chasing the Nigerian national record which is 66.92m (219-7).
Mostert has never competed outdoors for Purdue. The junior was a double Second Team All-America selection at the indoor championships last week in the 60m and 200m dashes. Brown has a shot at the Purdue school record in the triple jump. The indoor record holder has an all-time PR of 13.00m (42-07.75), which is better than the outdoor school record. She was Second Team All-America at the indoor event.
There are several other events to keep an eye on the Boilermakers. The men’s 100m dash will be Mostert’s first shot at the event. The speedster has the school record in the 60m dash indoors, but has never competed in the 100m. Mostert also has a shot at the 200m list, which has a top time of 20.47 seconds. His indoor PR is 20.73 seconds, which came on a 300m track. Brandon Winters finished last outdoor season on a high note in the 110m hurdles. He was a national qualifier after running 13.69 seconds in the event, the fourth-fastest mark in program history and second-fastest non-wind-aided time. In the men’s 400m hurdles, Andre’ Peart is the school record holder. His top time from a year ago is 50.78 seconds.
On the women’s side, a handful of young Boilermakers have a chance to show their speed in the 100m dash, including Devynne Charlton. Her top time in the event from high school is 11.60 seconds, which is better than the Purdue record. Charlton will also have her first go at the 100m hurdles. Nikki Nunn will also try to make a run up the Purdue record book. She currently has the third-best long jump in school history with a mark of 6.32m (20-09).
A full schedule of the meet’s events is at the top of the page. Live scoring is not available, though occasional tweets from @PurdueTrackXC will be posted. A full recap of each day’s events will be posted to PurdueSports.com at the conclusion of the final events.