Tuesday Track Tidbits
Eric Harris II

April 29, 2014

Next On The Schedule
-The Boilermakers host their first home meet of the outdoor season with the Dave Rankin Invite.
-The men’s and women’s teams will a handful of teams at Rankin Track & Field Friday and Saturday.

Community Mile
-At this weekend’s Rankin Invite, the Boilermakers will host the “Community Mile.”
-The event will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. ET at the meet.
-Anyone can enter and there will be three divisions: Youth (11 a.m.), College (11:20 a.m.), and Adult (11:40 a.m.).
-Some races may be combined, depending on number of entrants.
-Adults are $5 and youth and college are $2 and entry includes a participation prize, breakfast and drinks, and a ticket to the Rankin Invite.
-More information will be posted Wednesday on PurdueSports.com.

New USTFCCCA Rankings
-The Purdue men have an all-time program-best in-season ranking in the Tuesday poll.
-The men come in at No. 29, the highest since weekly polls began in 2008.
-The Purdue men were ranked 23rd in the preseason poll in 2009.
-On the women’s side, the Boilermakers jumped 23 spots from last week and are ranked No. 43.
-The women’s ranking is the program’s best since 2009.

“Golden Pete” Winners
The Purdue Intercollegiate Department of Athletics held its second annual all-sport awards show on Sunday.
-The track and field teams won five of the nine athletically-based awards that were voted on by the attendees.
-Raheem Mostert won the Breakout Performance of the Year for his efforts at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, where he won two gold medals.
-Lonnie Greene won the Purdue Coach of the Year award.
-Dani Bunch won the Best Individual Performance – Single Event award for her performance at the NCAA indoor Championships where she won two First Team All-America honors.
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi won the Best Individual Performance – Male – Season for his efforts during the indoor campaign.
-The men’s and women’s track and field teams won the Best Team Performance for a Season.  



The Lonnie Greene Coaching Era
-Lonnie Greene took over the program in the summer of 2012 and is in his second year with the program.
-Since he took over, the Boilermakers have set school records in 21 different events, indoors and out.
-The Boilermakers have broken 18 school records this year alone, nine indoors and nine outdoors.
-In just the first year and a half of coaching at Purdue, Greene has led the Boilermakers to 10 marks that currently ranks No. 2 on the all-time Purdue lists in various events.
-Greene has coached 40 different athletes to 116 All-America honors during his career, including 11 athletes to 20 All-America honors at Purdue.
-The Boilermakers have set 18 top-five marks in program history during this outdoor season alone.
-Greene has helped bring in the top talent from across the state, country and beyond, including next fall’s recruiting class, which can be seen below.

Throws Coach Keith McBride Is Rewriting The Top-Fives As Well
Keith McBride came to Purdue a year before Coach Greene and the rest of the staff.
-McBride has coached his current group to five different school records, indoors and out.
-A former Purdue track and field student-athlete and school record holder, McBride has coached his group to 12 different top-five marks in program history since 2012, an average of four a year.
-McBride’s group broke two school records last week, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi in the hammer throw and Dani Bunch in the shot put.
-McBride’s group had four total PRs last weekend.
-McBride was no slouch himself, as he saw his school record in the weight throw fall this year, by Enekwechi, after 10 years on top. He also had the third-best hammer throw mark in Purdue history, prior to Enekwechi breaking the school record over the weekend.

Current Boilermakers With School Records
-Purdue has 20 individuals on the current roster with school records, indoors and out.
-Raheem Mostert holds the school record in the 60m dash.
-Dan Porter holds the indoor mile school record.
-Matthew McClintock holds the indoor 3k and 5k school records, and outdoor 5k.
-Enekwechi holds the weight and hammer throw school records.
-Devynne Charlton holds the indoor 200m school record.
-Aarin Jones holds the indoor 400m school record.
-Vanessa McLeod holds the indoor 800m school record.
-Cierra Brown holds the indoor triple jump school record.
-Dani Bunch holds the indoor and outdoor shot put school records and the weight throw program mark.
-Andre Peart holds the 400m hurdles school record.
-Kari Shoolbraid holds the outdoor 800m school record.
-Blair Doney holds the 3,000-meter steeplechase record.
-Charlton, Ciana Tabb, Brown and Shantyra Delaney hold the shuttle hurdle relay record.
-Peart, Andrew Kendrick, Obokhare Ikpefan and Chris Arvia hold the men’s 4x400m relay record.
-BreAnna Smith, Megan Plenus, Kiara McIntosh and Shoolbraid hold the 4x800m relay school record.

Top 25 Marks
The Boilermakers currently have 13 marks that rank in the top 25 in the country for this season.
-Andre Peart has the sixth-fastest 400m hurdles time.
-Dani Bunch has the seventh-best women’s shot put throw this year.
-Enekwechi has the eighth-best hammer throw and 23rd-best shot put distance.
-Blair Doney has the 10th-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time on the women’s side.
-Kari Shoolbraid has the 11th-fastest 800m run.
-Brandon Winters has the 17th-fastest 110m hurdles time.
-Jake Waterman has the 18th-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time.
-Raheem Mostert has the 20th-fastest 100m dash time.
-Kevin Griffith has the 20th-fastest 800m run time.
-Coy Blair has the 21st-best shot put throw this season.
-Nikki Nunn has the 21st-best long jump on the year.
-Matthew McClintock has the 25th-fastest 10k time.

Regional Qualifiers?
-The Boilermakers are the in East Regional.
-The regionals take the top 48 in each event.
-If the regionals were drawn today, Purdue would have 34 entries, up from 19 last season.

Among Big Ten’s Best
If the Big Ten Championships were scored today, the Purdue men would score 90 points, which would have been third last year, while the women would score 65 points, up 28 from a year ago.
-The men’s score would be up 34 points from last year and six spots higher.
-The men’s team would collect 10 medals.
-The Boilermakers have the top mark in the Big Ten in four different events.

Big Ten Championships
-The Boilermakers host the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
-The three-day meet runs from May 16 to May 18 at the Rankin Track & Field.
-More information, including schedule of events, ticket and parking information and more can be found here http://www.purduesports.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/pur-track-big-ten-championship.html.

Signing Period 
-National Signing Period began on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and will continue until Aug. 1.
-The Boilermakers have already officially signed nine women and seven men with more likely in the coming weeks.
-The women are: Symone Black, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (sprints/hurdles), Gabrielle Broschard, Hershey, Pa. (distance), Micaela Hazlewood, Linton, Ind. (throws), Autumn Heath, Liberty Township, Ohio (sprints), Abigail Hostetler, Freemont, Ind. (distance), Elizabeth Iversen, Martinsville, Ind. (throws), Sarah Loesch, Columbus, Ind. (throws), Savannah Roberson, Ypsilanti, Mich. (sprints) and Brionna Thomas, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (sprints).
-The men are: David Dalton, Greenwood, Ind. (distance), Timothy Deal, Mishawaka, Ind. (hurdles/multi), Matthew Garrison, Bedford, Ind. (jumps), Luke Lewis, Hermitage, Pa., (throws), Miles Poullard, Pomona, Calif. (jumps),  Kinard Rolle, Nassau, Bahamans (sprints) and Justin Veteto, Greenwood, Ind. (hurdles).
-A full release on the signing class can be found here.

Nigerian Record Holder
-Enekwechi broke the Nigerian hammer throw record first at the USC Trojan Invite. 
-The previous record had stood for 28 years.
-He threw 67.31m (220-10) to break the previous record of 66.92m (219-7).
-Enekwechi again broke the record two weeks ago at the Kentucky Relays with a Purdue school-record toss of 68.41m (224-05).
-He again broke it over the weekend at the Drake Relays with a mark of 68.53m (224-10).
-Enekwechi’s mark has to be officially verified, though the process is well underway.
-Enekwechi had practiced the hammer only three days this year, prior to throwing the first record mark. 

Big Ten Weekly Awards
-Purdue swept the first outdoor conference awards of the season.
-Blair was the men’s field athlete of the week, his first career award.
-Kendrick earned the men’s track athlete of the week, his first career award and the program’s first since 2009.
-Jones was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on the women’s side, her first award and the program’s first award since it was split into track and field honors. The last Purdue female track athlete to win an outdoor award was in 1999.
-Nunn picked up her second career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor.
-Bunch, despite winning seven indoor conference weekly honors, won her first Outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week award last week.

New Video Board 
-Fans will have the opportunity to see an upgraded feature in the southeast corner of Rankin Track and Field.
-The program had a new, high quality video board installed during the offseason.

Two Sport Stars
-Mostert, Anthony BrownShane Mikesky and Langston Newton all compete in the football in the fall.
-The four athletes recently wrapped up spring football and are back on the track for the rest of the season.
-Mostert has the fastest 100m dash time among division-I football players on the track, and the fourth-fastest in the 200m among d1 football players on the track.

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