Track to Compete at NCAA East Regionals

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Geoff Davis has a top five mark in the high jump and will look to advance this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Geoff Davis has a top five mark in the high jump and will look to advance this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

May 22, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field team heads to the NCAA East Regionals this weekend. The Boilermakers travel to Greensboro, N.C., for the meet in which they will compete from Thursday through Saturday.

Who's Competing for Purdue
-Purdue will have 18 individuals and a relay team, 12 men plus the relay team and six women, competing at the NCAA East Regionals.
-The men send Cale Allen (10k), Coy Blair (SP), Geoff Davis (HJ), Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (SP, HT), Jakob Engel (SP), Kevin Griffith (800m), Eric Harris (200m), Matthew McClintock (5k), Andre’ Peart (400mH), Caleb Reiff (DT), Jordan Roos (SP), Brandon Winters (110mHH), and Chris Arvia Mario Cosey, Andrew Kendrick, Nicholas Parks, and Rob McNair for the 4x400m relay.
-The women's group is made up of Cierra Brown (TJ), Dani Bunch (SP, HT), Katie Hoevet (1,500m), Vanessa McLeod (800m), Nikki Nunn (LJ), and Ciana Tabb (100mHH)

Men’s Shot Put – Friday, 5 p.m. ET
Coy Blair – Fr. – Nelsonville, Ohio
Blair is the 13 seed in the region in the shot put and has the 26th-best mark in the country this year. His best is 18.33m (60-01.75). Blair is the third-highest seeded freshman in the region and one of just 12 freshmen in the event. Two of the other freshmen are Boilermakers.

Chuk Enekwechi – Fr. – Laurelton, N.Y.
Enekwechi is the 27th seed in the region and has the 58th-best outdoor throw in the country this season. His best is 17.68m (58-00.25). Enekwechi is the fourth-highest seeded freshman in the region.

Jakob Engel – Sr. – Portage, Ind.
Engel is the 11th seed in the region and has the 21st-best throw in the nation in 2013. Engel’s season-best is 18.69m (61-4) which is tied for the fourth-best outdoor throw in Purdue history. Engel’s all-time best is 19.16m (62-10.25) which he threw during the indoor season this year. That mark is second-best in Purdue indoor lore. He was an All-American during the indoor season after finishing eighth in the country.

Jordan Roos – Fr. – Celina, Texas
Roos qualified with the No. 75 throw in the country and is the 36th seed in the region. He made the regionals after throwing 17.38m (57-00.25) at the Big Ten Championships, though he had thrown 17.37m (56-11.75) earlier in the season. Roos has the third-best shot put mark in the country among football players who also compete in the event. He is the top freshman on that list as well as the top competitor among athletes that are in division one for both football and track. He is the only football/track student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA East Regionals in the shot put. Roos is an offensive lineman on the Purdue football team. He, Blair, and Enekwechi combine to give Purdue three freshmen that qualified for the east regionals in the shot put. No other school has more than one.

Men’s 10k – Thursday, 10:40 p.m. ET
Cale Allen – Sr. – Fishers, Ind.
Allen is the 22nd seed in the region and has the 56th-fastest time in the event in the country this year. Allen’s best time this year is 29:33.68 which he ran at the Stanford Invite on March 29. That time is his career best and ranks fifth on the all-time Purdue list.

Men’s High Jump – Saturday, 6 p.m. ET
Geoff Davis – Sr. – Indianapolis
Davis is the third seed in the region and has the fifth-best jump in the country this season. Davis jumped 2.24m (7-04.25) this season which matches his career-best and is the second-best mark in program history. Davis took the silver medal at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.

Men’s Hammer Throw – Saturday, 10 a.m. ET
Chuk Enekwechi – Fr. – Laurelton, N.Y.
Enekwechi is the No. 9 seed in the regional and has the 21st-longest throw in the country this year. Enekwechi’s best is 64.94m (213-01) which he threw at the Auburn Tiger Classic on April 6. That mark is the fourth-best in program history. He finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships.

Men’s 800m – Friday, 8:35 p.m., Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET
Kevin Griffith – Jr. – Danville, Calif.
Griffith is the 43rd seed in the region and has the nation’s 89th-best time this season. Griffith’s fastest time this season is 1:50.06 which he ran at the Big Ten Championships. He has a career-best of 1:49.69 which he ran last outdoor season.

Men’s 200m – Friday, 8:25 p.m., Saturday, 7:50 p.m. ET
Eric Harris – Jr. – Marietta, Ga.
Harris is the No. 37 seed in the region and has the nation’s 70th-best time this season. He ran a time of 20.97 seconds at the B1G Championships and scored in the event.

Men’s 5,000m – Saturday, 8:45 p.m. ET
Matt McClintock – Fr. – Athens, Maine
McClintock is the No. 38 seed in the region and has the 99th-best time in the country in the event. His top time in the event is 14:06.25 which is the fourth-fastest mark in Purdue history and within four seconds of the program record. McClintock scored in both the 5k and 10k at the B1G meet.

Men’s 400m Hurdles – Friday, 5 p.m., Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET
Andre’ Peart – Jr. – Catherine, Jamaica
Peart is the sixth seed in the region and has the 17th-fastest time in the country this season. Peart ran a time of 50.78 seconds at the Big Ten Championships. That time broke the 28-year old school record in the event by 0.6 second.

Men’s Discus – Thursday, 10 a.m. ET
Caleb Reiff – Fr. – Whitestown, Ind.
Reiff is the No. 48 seed in the region with a throw of 51.58m (169-03). Reiff threw that mark at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago. Reiff is one of 12 freshmen in the event.

Men’s 110m Hurdles – Friday, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 7:20 p.m. ET
Brandon Winters – Jr. – Plainfield, Ill.
Winters is the 28th seed in the region and has the 51st-fastest time in the country this year. He ran a season-best time of 14.03 seconds at the Sea Ray Relays on April 11. Winters took the bronze medal at the Big Ten Championships in the event.

Men’s 4x400m Relay – Saturday, 9:45 p.m. ET
Chris Arvia, Mario Cosey, Andrew Kendrick, Rob McNair, Nicholas Parks, Andre’ Peart
Purdue is the 23rd-seed in the region and has the 90th-best time in the country. Cosey, Parks, Peart, and Andrew Kendrick ran a time of 3:10.21 at the Sea Ray Relays. The six will compete for the four spots in the relay, the last event of the regionals.

Women’s Triple Jump – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET
Cierra Brown – Fr. – Dayton, Ohio
Brown is the No. 32 seed in the region and has the 57th-best mark in the country this year. She jumped 12.62m (41-05) at the Auburn Tiger Classic. Brown finished fourth in the event at the Big Ten Championships. She is second among freshmen in the region.

Women’s Hammer Throw/Shot Put – Friday, 10 a.m./Saturday 5:30 p.m. ET
Dani Bunch – Jr. – Mahomet, Ill.
Bunch is the No. 24 seed in the hammer and the No. 3 seed in the shot put. She is 58th in the country in the hammer and 10th in the shot. Bunch has a career-best of 57.97m (190-02) in the hammer which she threw at the Big Ten Championships and finished fourth. She has a career-best in the shot put of 17.13m (56-02.50) which won her the Big Ten Championship in the event and set the school and meet record in the process.

Women’s 1,500m – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. ET
Katie Hoevet – Fr. – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Hoevet is the No. 48 seed in the region with a season-best time of 4:25.10. She ran that time at the Big Ten Championships. Hoevet qualified for the finals in the event. She is one of nine freshmen in the event.

Women’s 800m – Thursday, 8:10 p.m., Friday, 7 p.m. ET
Vanessa McLeod – Fr. – Toronto, Ontario
McLeod is the 17th seed in the event and has the nation’s 43rd-fastest time. McLeod has a season-best of 2:06.36 which she ran at the Sea Ray Relays on April 11. That time is a school record. McLeod also owns the indoor school record in the event. The freshman won the silver medal at the outdoor B1G Championships while she won the gold at the indoor conference meet.

Women's Long Jump - Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Nikki Nunn - Jr. - Chesterfield, Va.
Nunn is the seventh seed in the region and has the 17th-best jump in the nation. Nunn's best mark is 6.32m (20-09) which is the third-best mark in school history. She took the bronze medal at the B1G Championships two weeks ago.

Women's 100m Hurdles - Friday, 5 p.m., Saturday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Ciana Tabb - Jr. - Chicago
Tabb is the 43rd seed in the event and has the nation's 89th-fastest time on the season. Tabb's season best is 13.67 seconds which she ran at the Auburn Tiger Classic on April 6. She is 0.07 second outside the Purdue top-five all-time list.

Live Scoring and Meet Information
Championships Central:
http://www.ncataggies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207427766&DB_OEM_ID=24500
Schedule: Days: Thursday, May 23 (10 a.m. - 10:15 p.m. ET); Friday, May 24 (10 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.); Saturday, May 25 (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.).
Venue: Irwin Belk Track at Aggie Stadium
Live Scoring: http://www.flashresults.com/?DB_OEM_ID=24500

The Boilermakers At Last Year's NCAA East Regionals
-The Purdue Boilermakers qualified six men and six women for the regionals.
-The women were led by then-senior Leah Eber who qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump and Bunch who qualified in the shot put.

Purdue's Last Time Out
-The Boilermakers competed at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.
-The Purdue men had the largest improvement of any team at the championships and finished ninth while the women took 10th.