May 21, 2013
This is the 17th 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.
-The Boilermakers sent 17 men and six women to Greensboro, N.C., on Tuesday for this week’s NCAA East Regionals.
-The Boilermaker men qualified in 13 individual events as well as a relay.
-The Purdue women qualified in seven total events.
-The teams qualified six more individuals and one more relay team this year than they did a year ago.
-See a photo gallery of the team’s Tuesday light workout at North Carolina A&T, the site of the regionals. Photo Gallery
Follow The Team Online
-Follow the team on Twitter, @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.
-The Twitter and FaceBook pages will have updated posts including pictures and videos of the team as it prepares and competes at the NCAA Regionals.
-A live, interactive blog will be available on PurdueSports.com for the weekend’s action. Fans can join in the conversation with Purdue personnel onsite at the meet and add comments, ask questions, cheer on the team, and much more. Be sure to look for the link in tomorrow’s meet preview.
Boilermakers, Record Breakers
-Purdue broke two more school records at the Big Ten Championships which brought the outdoor total to three this year.
-Andre’ Peart shattered a 28-year old school record in the 400m hurdles at the Big Ten Championships. Peart ran a time of 50.78 seconds which broke Dave Pomfret’s record of 51.38 seconds from 1985.
-Dani Bunch took down the women’s shot put record at B1Gs to win the conference title for the second-straight year. She threw 17.13m (56-02.50) which broke Stacey Wannemacher’s 2009 mark of 16.99m (55-09.00). The mark was also a Big Ten Championships record.
-Vanessa McLeod broke the school record in the 800m run earlier this year. She ran a time of 2:06.36 which broke Brooke Woodruff's previous program-record time of 2:06.69. McLeod, a freshman, holds the indoor and outdoor school records in the event.
Closing In On The Records
-Geoff Davis tied the program’s second-best high jump mark, a mark he set a sophomore, when he cleared 2.24m (7-04.25) on April 12th.
-Nikki Nunn leapt the third-best long jump distance as she jumped 6.32m (20-09.00) earlier this season.
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw the fourth-best hammer throw mark in Purdue lore with a toss of 64.94m (213-01).
-Jakob Engel tied the fourth-best shot put mark in program history. The senior threw 18.69m (61-04.00) in March.
-Cale Allen ran the fifth-fastest 10k time in program history with a time of 29:33.68.
-Tyler Wynn tied the fifth-fastest 1,500-meter time when he posted 3:47.79 on April 26.
-Matthew McClintock ran the sixth-fastest 10k at the B1G Championships, his first race of that distance, with a time of 29:37.89.
-Blair Doney has the sixth-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in program history. She ran 10:39.25 and is less than five seconds outside the top five.
-All of these competitors, other than Wynn and Doney, will have a chance this week to chase the program records.
Boilers Among Nation's Best
-Purdue has six individuals with top-25 marks in the country this season including two in the top 10.
-Nunn’s mark in the long jump is the 17th-best in the country.
-Davis has the fifth-best high jump mark.
-Engel’s shot put mark is 21st in the nation.
-Enekwechi has the 21st-best hammer throw mark in the country.
-Peart ran the nation’s 17th-fastest 400m hurdle time.
Men's Team Most Improved At B1Gs
-The Purdue men increased their score by 40.5 points from a year ago at the meet.
-The next closest team was Minnesota which had a 22.5 point increase.
-Illinois increased its total by 21 points, Nebraska by 16, Michigan State by 14.5, and Iowa by 4.5 points.
-Ohio State's point total decreased by two, Michigan by 14, Penn State by 21, Wisconsin by 34.5, and Indiana's total was 47.5 points less than in 2012.
-The team's total was 3.6 times more than its total in 2012.
-The 56 points is the most from the Purdue men since 2009 when they scored 81 and finished fourth.
What's Up Next
-The Boilermakers compete in the NCAA East Prelims this week from Thursday-Saturday.
-A full preview of the meet will be available on Wednesday including a breakdown of each individual qualifier.
Burton A Hall of Famer
-Lawrence Burton, a two-sport star who also played for the football team, was 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.
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 in the coming weeks as the team looks to wrap up its class.
-A release on the other 10 signees can be found here.
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.