April 2, 2013
This is the 11th edition of Purdue Track Tidbits. The weekly update features upcoming news and events, national standings, top performers, school records, and other happenings within the program. These ‘tidbits’ are released each Tuesday of the season.
Nunn Other Than Nikki
-Nikki Nunn was named the women’s B1G Field Athlete of the Week after she jumped a career-best 6.32m (20-9) to win the long jump at the SEC-B1G Challenge two weeks ago.
-That jump was tied for the best jump in the NCAA this season and now sits tied for third.
-Nunn’s mark is the third-best in Purdue outdoor track and field history.
-Nunn is the second Purdue woman to be named B1G Field Athlete of the Week this season after Emily Becker did so a week earlier for her efforts in the heptathlon.
-The Big Ten Conference will announce this week’s winners on Wednesday afternoon.
Look Who’s Back
-Cale Allen returned to action last weekend for his first action since the 2012 outdoor season. He had exhausted his cross country and indoor track eligibility last season, but still has a year remaining for this outdoor season.
-Allen competed in the 10k at the Stanford Invite and finished with the fifth-fastest time in Purdue history.
-The fifth-year senior finished 26th with a time of 29:33.68.
Boilers Among Nation’s Best
-Purdue has five individuals with top-25 marks in the country this season including three in the top 10.
-Nunn is tied for the third-best long jump.
-Geoff Davis has the eighth-best high jump mark. He cleared 2.20m (7-02.50) at the Shamrock Invite.
-Jakob Engel is eighth in the nation in the shot put. He threw a personal best and the fourth-best throw in Purdue history at the Shamrock Invite with a distance of 18.69m (61-04).
-Coy Blair threw the 13th-best shot put distance in the country with a distance of 18.21m (59-09).
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi has the 23rd-best shot put distance in the country. He threw 17.68m (58-0.25) at the Shamrock Invite.
Burton A Hall of Famer
-Lawrence Burton, a two-sport star who also played for the football team, will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on April 27.
-Burton was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
-The Melfa, Va., native, nicknamed “The Fastest Man on Earth,” tied the world record in the 60m dash and set the world record in the 200-yard dash.
-Burton finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in the 1972 Olympic Games.
-He was a four-time Big Ten Champion and two-time track All-American.
-Burton also earned All-America honors in football and was an All-Big Ten honoree.
-He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was the football team’s MVP in 1974.
-Burton was the 1975 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner and was a first-round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints in 1975. He played professional football for six years.
McClintock Takes 20th at World Junior Cross Country Championships
-Matthew McClintock finished 20th in the 8,000-meter race held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, a week and a half ago.
-The Athens, Maine, native finished in 22:52, the fastest 8k time for an American since 1985.
-McClintock was the top finisher among Americans.
-The freshman was the first finisher from a continent other than Africa, the continent traditionally known to dominate the sport.
Calling All Campers
-The Purdue track and field and cross country teams will hold a summer camp for all boys and girls in sixth through 12th grade.
-The camp will run from June 23-27 and all skill levels are welcome.
-The full release about the camp, including a brochure, can be found by clicking here.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
-The team has now signed 10 incoming freshman, nine women and one man.
-Savannah Carson, Carmiesha Cox, Devynne Charlton, Shantyra Delaney, Taylor Dunlap, Makayla Earnheart, Kiara McIntosh, Chelsie Meeks, and Hope Schmelze join the women’s team.
-Obokhare Ikpefan signed on with the men’s team.
-The track signing period began last Wednesday and continues to the start of August.
-A full release including statistics, achievements, and more will be available for the entire class once it is completed.
What’s Up Next
-The Boilermakers have this weekend off before traveling to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., next weekend.
-All track and field and cross alumni are invited to the 2013 reunion.
-The reunion will be over the weekend of April 19th and 20th, the same weekend as the team hosts the Dave Rankin Outdoor Track and Field Invite.
-More information about the event can be found by clicking here.
Track And Field Online
-Follow the team on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.