April 23, 2013
This is the 14th 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.
Boilers Add Wallace To Signing Class
-The team has now signed 11 incoming freshman, nine women and two men with the addition of local track star Lucas Wallace.
-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 and Wallace signed on with the men's team.
-The track signing period began in February and continues to the start of August.
-A new release including Wallace's statistics, achievements, and more will be available this week.
-A release about the other 10 signees can be found here.
Another Record Falls
-Vanessa McLeod broke the school record in the 800m run over the weekend. She ran a time of 2:06.36 which broke Brooke Woodruff's previous program-record time of 2:06.69. McLeod, a freshman, now owns the indoor and outdoor school records in the event.
Boilers Among Nation's Best
-Purdue has five individuals with top-25 marks in the country this season including two in the top 10.
-Nikki Nunn has the 10th-best long jump. She jumped 6.32m (20-09) at the SEC-B1G Challenge. That jump is third-best in Purdue history
-Geoff Davis has the fourth-best high jump mark. He cleared 2.24m (7-04.25) at the Sea Ray Relays. That is his personal best and the second-best mark in program history.
-Jakob Engel is 16th 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).
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi has the 14th-best hammer throw mark in the country. He threw 64.94m (213-01) at the Tiger Track Classic which is fourth in Purdue history.
-Coy Blair threw the 22nd-best shot put distance in the country with a distance of 18.21m (59-09).
-Vanessa McLeod's school record time of 2:06.36 in the 800m-run ranks 31st in the country.
Alumni Weekend A Success
-The Boilermakers welcomed back more than 30 track and field alums for the Dave Rankin Invite.
-The team met with the former track and field stars and shared meals as well as stories.
-The alumni, including a national champion, national runner-up, Purdue record holders, All-Americans, Hall of Famers, All-Big Ten honorees, and academic honorees were recognized at the meet prior to track events.
What's Up Next
-The Boilermakers travel to the prestigious Drake Relays this week.
-They will compete from Thursday through Saturday.
-Purdue is scheduled to compete in 32 events during the meet.
-A full preview will be posted on PurdueSports.com on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Track And Field Online
-Follow the team on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.