April 3, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers return to action this week after last week’s scheduled home opener was cancelled due to weather. Most of the team will travel to San Marcos, Texas, for the Texas State Invite, while the distance runners will head to California for the Stanford Invite.
Purdue throwers Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch will be among the headline performers at the meet. Both are scheduled to compete in the hammer throw and shot put, while Bunch will also throw the women’s discus. Enekwechi will continue to pursue the Purdue school record of 67.74m (222-03). He currently sits third in program history, less than a foot and a half behind the all-time record. Enekwechi also holds the Nigerian national record in the event.
Elsewhere on the track, Eric Harris and Tyler Askew will be the top Purdue sprinters in action while Raheem Mostert wraps up spring football. Both will run in the 100m dash, while Harris will also compete in the 200m. Brandon Winters and Andre’ Peart may also may runs at Purdue history. Peart holds the school record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.78 seconds, while Winters is fourth in the 110m high hurdles with a PR of 13.69 seconds. Winters is within 0.15 of a second of the school record.
On the women’s side, the sprinters may make a run at the record books as well. Freshman Devynne Charlton and sophomore Twyla Winfrey were the top two sprinters during the indoor season. Both have their sights set on the Purdue record of 11.65 seconds in the 100m, while it will take 11.88 seconds to crack the top five. Carmeisha Cox is scheduled to run in the 200m. Cox sat out the indoor season due to injury, but was a top recruit coming out of high school. Cox has a 200m PR of 23.43 seconds, which would be the best in Purdue history.
Aarin Jones, Taylor Morrison and Makayla Earnheart will lead the women’s 400m runners. All have been just outside the Purdue top five with their PRs in the event. Vanessa McLeod is in the travel party and expected to compete in the 800m. The sophomore school record holder sat out the indoor season with an injury and has yet to compete during the outdoor campaign. The women’s 100m hurdles should also be one of the top events for the Boilermaker women. Ciana Tabb and Charlton will compete, among others. Tabb currently has the fifth-fastest mark in program history.
A few distance runners will head to Stanford for the weekend. Matthew McClintock, Jake Waterman and Blair Doney will head out to the Stanford Invite. McClintock will chase the Purdue record in the 10k, while Waterman will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Doney will run in the women’s steeplechase. Live results for this meet can be found here.
Live scoring from the event will be available on PurdueSports.com on the track and field schedule. The event begins Friday at 4 p.m. ET with the discus. Saturday begins with the field events at 10 a.m. A full recap will be posted following each day’s completion.