WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The IAAF World Championships are set to take place in London on Friday. Six Boilermaker athletes, past and present, are set to compete, as well as one volunteer coach, and will represent five countries at the meet. Two members of Purdue’s staff also made the trip as official coaches.
The Purdue throwers lead the way with three individuals qualifying. Dani Bunch, a 2014 graduate, is the highest ranked among the group, as she is No. 3 in the world in the women’s shot put. A two-time Big Ten champion in the event, Bunch is scheduled to compete in the qualification round Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. ET. Bunch has a personal best of 19.64 meters (64-5.25), which came at the U.S. Championships where she finished runner-up. This is her first World Championships.
Purdue throws coach, and 2004 Purdue graduate, Keith McBride will coach Bunch at the championships.
Kara (Patterson) Winger, a 2009 graduate, is the veteran of the group and enters her fourth World Championships in the javelin. A three-time Olympian, seven-time USATF Outdoor champion and American record holder in the event, Winger is looking to improve upon her best World Championships finish, which was eighth at the 2015 event. Winger has a season-best throw of 64.80 meters (212-7), which came in April and is her best mark since 2015. She is scheduled to compete in the qualification round Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi rounds out the throwing group and is qualified in the men’s shot put. The 2016 graduate and 13-time All-American will compete for Nigeria. Last month, he threw a lifetime best of 21.07 meters (69-1.50) to win an event in Ireland. That mark ranks 20th in the world this year. Enekwechi is making his World Championships debut and is scheduled to compete in the qualification round Saturday at 5 a.m.
All three throwers are the Purdue school record holder in their qualified event.
Current Boilermakers Devynne Charlton and Carmiesha Cox are set to compete for the Bahamas. Charlton, a two-time first team All-American in the 100-meter hurdles, is making her second World Championships appearance in the event. She placed 27th at the 2015 event after running a time of 13.16 seconds in the qualifying round. She is the school record holder in the event. The women’s 100m hurdles heats are set for Friday, Aug. 11 at 5:45 a.m. Charlton is also a member of the 4x100-meter relay pool.
Cox is expected to compete in the 4x100-meter relay. She is a three-time Big Ten champion in the event, including two while running with Charlton. Cox, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics as a member of the Bahamas 4x400-meter relay team and set the national record, is making her first World Championships appearance. The 4x100-meter relay heats are scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 12 at 5:35 a.m.
Volunteer assistant coach Kurt Felix will compete in the decathlon for Grenada. Felix is currently sixth in the world this year with a best score of 8,509 points. A 2016 Olympian, he also has world experience at the Commonwealth Games, where he earned a bronze medal. Felix will be coached by Purdue’s multis coach Chris Huffins. The decathlon will be contested Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12.
Former Boilermaker distance runner Camille Buscomb will represent New Zealand at the championships. She competed for the Boilermakers from 2008 through 2011 in cross country and track. Buscomb is qualified to compete in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races. Her lifetime bests are 15:19.81 and 31:45.02, respectively, and were both run this year. The women's 10k is scheduled for Saturday at 3:10 p.m., while the heats of the 5k are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
BOILERMAKER SCHEDULE IN LONDON
All times Eastern
Saturday, Aug. 5
5 a.m. - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (Nigeria), Men's Shot Put (Qualifying)
3:10 p.m. - Camille Buscomb (New Zealand), Women's 10,000 Meters (Final)
Sunday, Aug. 6
2:05 p.m. - Kara (Patterson) Winger (USA), Women's Javelin (Qualifying)
3:35 p.m. - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi* (Nigeria), Men's Shot Put (Final)
Tuesday, Aug. 8
2:20 p.m. - Kara (Patterson) Winger* (USA), Women's Javelin (Final)
3:40 p.m. - Dani Bunch (USA), Women's Shot Put (Qualifying)
Wednesday, Aug. 9
3:25 p.m. - Dani Bunch* (USA), Women's Shot Put (Final)
Thursday, Aug. 10
1:30 p.m. - Camille Buscomb (New Zealand), Women's 5,000 Meters (Heats)
Friday, Aug. 11
5 a.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon 100-Meter Dash
5:45 a.m. - Devynne Charlton (Bahamas), Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Heats)
6:05 a.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon Long Jump
7:55 a.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon Shot Put
Noon - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon High Jump
2:05 p.m. - Devynne Charlton* (Bahamas), Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Semifinals)
3:45 - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon 400-Meter Dash
Saturday, Aug. 12
5 a.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon 110-Meter Hurdles
5:35 a.m. - Devynne Charlton (Bahamas), Women's 4x100-Meter Relay (Heats)
5:35 a.m. - Carmiesha Cox (Bahamas), Women's 4x100-Meter Relay (Heats)
6 a.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon Discus Throw
8:30 a.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon Pole Vault
12:30 p.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon Javelin Throw
3:05 p.m. - Devynne Charlton* (Bahamas), Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Final)
3:45 p.m. - Kurt Felix (Grenada), Decathlon 1,500-Meters
4:30 p.m. - Devynne Charlton* (Bahamas), Women's 4x100-Meter Relay (Final)
4:30 p.m. - Carmiesha Cox* (Bahamas), Women's 4x100-Meter Relay (Final)
Sunday, Aug. 13
2:35 p.m. - Camille Buscomb* (New Zealand), 5,000 Meters (Final)