March 25, 2014
Outdoor Season Is Here
-The Boilermakers have already competed in two outdoor meets in California over spring break.
-Dani Bunch, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Raheem Mostert and Cierra Brown joined the team after the NCAA Indoor Championships and competed in one meet, the USC Trojan Invite.
-The Boilermakers swept the Big Ten Weekly awards, men’s and women’s, after the first meet, the Anteater Invitational.
-Purdue opens the home slate this weekend with the Mike Poehlein Invite on Friday and Saturday at Rankin Track and Field.
-A Boilermaker already broke a record, but it wasn’t a school record.
-Enekwechi broke the Nigerian hammer throw record, which had stood for 28 years.
-He threw 67.31m (220-10) to break the previous record of 66.92m (219-7).
-Enekwechi’s mark has to be officially verified, though the process is well underway.
-Enekwechi had practiced the hammer only three days this year, prior to throwing the mark, which is also the third-best in Purdue history.
Other Strong Starts
-Raheem Mostert ran away with the 100m dash in his collegiate debut in the event. Mostert ran a time of 10.25 seconds, with a tailwind of 2.9 meters per second.
-Mostert’s time ranks fourth in the country this year and the second fastest in Purdue history, though it doesn’t technically count because of the wind aid.
-Nikki Nunn jumped 6.19m (20-3.75) in the long jump, which is not far off her PR.
-Blair Doney ran a 10:35.76 in the 3,000m Steeplechase, which was a PR and the sixth-fastest time in Purdue history.
-Coy Blair had a PR in the hammer throw with a mark of 56.96m (186-10).
Early Big Ten Awards
-Purdue swept the first outdoor conference awards of the season.
-Coy Blair was the men’s field athlete of the week, his first career award.
-Andrew Kendrick earned the men’s track athlete of the week, his first career award and the program’s first since 2009.
-Aarin Jones was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on the women’s side, her first award and the program’s first award since it was split into track and field honors. The last Purdue female track athlete to win an outdoor award was in 1999.
-Nikki Nunn picked up her second career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor.
New Video Board
-Fans at this weekend’s meet will have the opportunity to see an upgraded feature in the southeast corner of Rankin Track and Field.
-The program had a new, high quality video board installed during the offseason.
-National Signing Period began on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and will continue until Aug. 1.
-The Boilermakers have already officially signed nine women and seven men with more likely in the coming weeks.
-The women are: Symone Black, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (sprints/hurdles), Gabrielle Broschard, Hershey, Pa. (distance), Micaela Hazlewood, Linton, Ind. (throws), Autumn Heath, Liberty Township, Ohio (sprints), Abigail Hostetler, Freemont, Ind. (distance), Elizabeth Iversen, Martinsville, Ind. (throws), Sarah Loesch, Columbus, Ind. (throws), Savannah Roberson, Ypsilanti, Mich. (sprints) and Brionna Thomas, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (sprints).
-The men are: David Dalton, Greenwood, Ind. (distance), Timothy Deal, Mishawaka, Ind. (hurdles/multi), Matthew Garrison, Bedford, Ind. (jumps), Luke Lewis, Hermitage, Pa., (throws), Miles Poullard, Pomona, Calif. (jumps), Kinard Rolle, Nassau, Bahamans (sprints) and Justin Veteto, Greenwood, Ind. (hurdles).
-A full release on the signing class can be found here.
-The Boilermakers open the home slate this weekend with the Mike Poehlein Invite.
-The meet runs Friday and Saturday.
-A full time schedule can be found here.
-A full preview will be made available later in the week.
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