June 10, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 2013 outdoor track and field All-Americans on Monday. Geoff Davis and Dani Bunch led the Boilermakers with a first team nod after their efforts last week.
Davis made his way on to the podium for the first time at the NCAA Championships last Friday. The senior high jumper took third place with a jump of 2.24m (7-04.25). That mark tied for his personal best and the second-best in program history. The only two competitors to finish ahead of Davis both medalled at the 2012 Olympics.
Bunch was the only Purdue woman to qualify for the championships, but she still managed to get the team on the board. The junior thrower finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 16.83m (55-02.75). The finish gave the women’s team one point which led to a tie for 61st in the nation.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi earned a pair of Second Team All-America honors for his efforts in the shot put and hammer throw. Enekwechi finished 14th in both events and was the only male athlete to qualify for the championships in the shot put and hammer. Brandon Winters also picked up a second team nod. The junior finished 16th overall with the third fastest time of his career in the 110m hurdles.
Coy Blair and Andre’ Peart received Honorable Mention All-America honors for their efforts. Blair finished 19th in the shot put as one of just four freshmen in the meet, including teammate Enekwechi. Peart took 19th in the nation in the 400m hurdles in his first appearance at the national championships.
Davis is the men’s first First Team All-America honoree since 2011 when he did so in both indoor and outdoor track and field. He finished sixth in the outdoor event that year. Bunch is the first Purdue woman to earn All-America status during the outdoor season since 2011 when Stacey Wannemacher also finished eighth in the shot put.