June 4, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue wraps up the track and field season this week on the highest collegiate stage as six Boilermakers head to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championships. The meet, host by the University of Oregon, runs from Wednesday through Saturday.
Who’s Competing For Purdue
-The Boilermakers qualified five men in six events and one woman to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships
-The Boilermaker men qualified freshmen Coy Blair (SP) and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (SP, HT), juniors Andre’ Peart (400mH) and Brandon Winters (110mHH), and senior Geoff Davis (HJ).
-The qualifiers are the men’s first since 2011 and the most for the group since 2008 when they also sent five.
-Peart and Winters are the first tracksters to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 2009 when Josh Hembrough did so.
-Davis is making his third appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after narrowly missing last season.
-Bunch qualified for the second-straight year in the shot put for the women.
Men’s Shot Put – Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. PT
Coy Blair – Fr. – Nelsonville, Ohio
Blair is the 23 seed for the championships. His best mark of the season is 18.33m (60-01.75). Blair snuck into the championships after throwing 18.10m (59-04.50) on his final attempt. That mark put him in 12th place in the region and advanced him to the finals. He is one of just four freshmen in the event including teammate Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi – Fr. – Laurelton, N.Y.
Enekwechi is the No. 6 seed at the championships after finishing third in the regional. The freshman threw a personal best of 19.05m (62-06) at the meet which is third-best in Purdue history. He is the top seeded freshman in the event.
Men’s 400m Hurldes – Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. PT; Friday, 4:40 p.m. PT
Andre’ Peart – Jr. – Catherine, Jamaica
Peart is the 22nd-seed at the championships after automatically qualifying out of the NCAA East Regional. His regional final time was 51.72 seconds which was third in his heat. Peart’s season-best is 50.78 seconds which he ran at the Big Ten Championships. That time broke the 28-year old school record in the event by 0.6 second.
Men’s Hammer Throw – Thursday, 1:30 p.m. PT
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi – Fr. – Laurelton, N.Y.
Enekwechi is the 18th-seed at the championships after he finished seventh at the regional. He threw a distance of 63.06m (206-11) on his second attempt two weeks ago. Enekwechi’s season-best is 64.94m (213-01) which is fourth all-time in Purdue history.
Men’s 110m Hurdles – Thursday, 5:20 p.m. PT; Saturday, 3:16 p.m. PT
Brandon Winters - Jr. – Plainfield, Ill.
Winters is the No. 13 seed for the championships. The junior had a career weekend at the regionals as he broke 14 seconds for the first time in his career in the prelim with a time of 13.91 seconds. Then, in the finals, he ran a time of 13.69 seconds to finish third in the heat and auto-qualify. That time is the fourth-fastest in Purdue history and the second-fastest non-wind-aided time.
Men’s High Jump – Friday, 3:20 p.m. PT
Geoff Davis – Sr. – Indianapolis
Davis is making his third trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after narrowly missing last season. He is the No. 5 seed in the championships after clearing 2.17m (7-01.50) at the regionals before the event was ended due to the qualifiers already being decided. That height is the same as the top seed in the event. Davis’ season-best is 2.24m (7-04.25) which is second-best in program history.
Women’s Shot Put – Saturday, 1 p.m. PT
Dani Bunch – Jr. – Mahomet, Ill.
Bunch is the No. 18 seed in the championships after she threw 16.13m (52-11) at the regional meet. She has a season-best and school record mark of 17.13m (56-02.50) which won the Big Ten Championship and set the meet record. Bunch is the only Boilermaker that also competed at the championships last season.
Other NCAA Championships Notes
-Enekwechi and Blair are the only freshmen tandem to qualify for the shot put and make up half of the rookies in the event.
-Enekwechi is the only qualifier in the men’s shot put and hammer throw.
-The men are tied for the 22nd-most events qualified for in the nation.
-Purdue qualified for three men’s throw events, including two in the shot put. That ties for the second most in the country behind Texas’ six.
-The men have the eighth-most qualifiers from the Big Ten, just three events behind the leaders, Iowa, Ohio State, and Nebraska.
-The Big Ten men have the second-most qualifiers by conference with 77. The SEC leads the way with 109.
-The Big Ten men have the second most sprint/hurdle qualifiers with 17 including Peart and Winters.
-The B1G is tied for the most men’s throwers in the championships with 16 including Blair and Enekwechi (2x).
Meet Information And Live Scoring
Meet Information: http://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-men/d1#!championship_br_home
Live Results: http://www.flashresults.com/2013_Meets/outdoor/06-05-NCAA/live/
Start Lists: http://www.flashresults.com/2013_Meets/outdoor/06-05-NCAA/ncaa_starts.pdf
Schedule of Events: http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/files/2013-OTR-Schedule_EXTERNAL_FINAL_1_8_13.pdf
TV: ESPN 3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet. The PAC-12 Live Stream will have some additional coverage at http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500
Wednesday, June 5
Noon-8 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
Thursday, June 6
11 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
3:50 p.m.-8 p.m. ESPN3.com
Friday, June 7
12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, June 8
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
2 p.m.-4 p.m. ESPNU