March 27, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers picked up their second women’s Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Nikki Nunn earned the honor after winning the long jump at the SEC-Big Ten Challenge with the nation’s leading mark.
On Saturday, Nunn had the best series of her career. She had jumps of 6.01m (19-08.50), 6.05m (19-10.25), 6.21m (20-04.50), 6.23m (20-05.25), and 6.24m (20-05.75) heading into her final leap. There, she leapt the third-best distance in Purdue women’s outdoor track and field history, 6.32m (20-9). Nunn’s mark was a meet and facility record.
The Boilermakers have taken home both women’s athlete of the week awards during the outdoor season. Emily Becker was tabbed conference field athlete of the week last Wednesday after winning the heptathlon at the Shamrock Invite. This is the first time that Purdue has picked up the honor in back-to-back weeks since 2007 when Astin Steward did so. It’s also the first time since that same year that two different Boilermakers earned the award in the same season. Steward and Sheena James earned weekly conference honors that year.
The weekly award is the first of Nunn’s career.
Purdue will be off for the next couple of weeks. The team was scheduled to host its first home meet of the season this Friday and Saturday, but weather and facility conditions have forced it to be cancelled.