April 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue track and field teams head to Lexington, Ky., this weekend to take part in the Kentucky Relays. The meet returns for the first time since the early 1990s.
The Boilermakers will be up against some of the SEC’s best, as the meet is scheduled to be a dress rehearsal of sorts for the SEC Championships, which will also be hosted by the University of Kentucky. A total of 22 teams are scheduled to compete in the meet, including Big Ten foes Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. Cincinnati and Louisville are also in the field.
Purdue will send 48 student-athletes, 24 men and 24 women, to the one-day meet, including seven school record holders. Raheem Mostert returns to the track after stepping aside to wrap up spring football practice. Mostert competed outdoors for the first time in his career at the USC Trojan Invite a month ago and posted a 100m dash time that would rank second in program history, though it was wind aided. The junior is scheduled to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. He has yet to run the 200m outdoors, though won the Big Ten Championship in the indoor event with a Big Ten Championships record time.
The women’s 4x100m relay team could be one to watch out for as it just missed the school record a week ago. The team of Twyla Winfrey, Devynne Charlton, Ciana Tabb and Cierra Brown ran a time of 45.96 seconds, which is just 0.61 of a second of the school record which was set in 2001.
Several other Boilermakers will be exciting to watch as they try to work their way up the program top-five lists. Brandon Winters
is coming off a 110m hurdles time of 13.67 seconds, though strongly wind-aided. He currently sits in fourth in program history with an official PR of 13.69 seconds. Andre Peart
is the program record holder in the 400m hurdles. He has yet to hit the record he set a year ago, but it scheduled to make a run at it on Saturday.
The throwers will be exciting to watch as usual. Coy Blair and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi are scheduled to go back in forth in the shot put. Blair is currently tied for second in program history with a PR of 19.06m (62-6.50), while Enekwechi is fourth, just one centimeter behind. Both are more than four feet behind the school record. Enekwechi also has a chance to make a run at the school record in the hammer throw. He currently sits in third place all time, but is within a foot and a half of the program standard. He already owns the Nigerian national record, so any PR would reset the mark. In the women’s throws, Dani Bunch is the school record holder and two-time defending Big Ten Champion in the shot put. She has yet to crack 17m this spring, but won the conference title a year ago with a mark of 17.13m (56-2.50).
Other Boilermakers already in the top five that will compete this weekend include Nikki Nunn in the long jump, Vanessa McLeod in the 800m, Tabb in the 100m hurdles and Winfrey and Charlton in the women’s 100m dash. Brown will take her shot at the top five in the triple jump. She has yet to crack the list, but does hold the school record in the indoor event.
The meet is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. Full results and a recap will be posted on PurdueSports.com following the completion of the final event.