May 16, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - All eyes will be on Purdue's Rankin Track and Field this weekend for the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Competition gets under way at 11 a.m. today and continues at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. Sunday.
All-session tickets can be purchased for $20 for adults and $10 for students, youth and seniors. Single-session admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, youth and seniors. Tickets will be available at Rankin Track and Field at the west entrance (cash only). Parking is free of charge in the lots on the west side of the facility.
Men's Golf Ninth After 18 Holes at NCAA Regional
The men's golf team is participating in the NCAA Regional for the third time in four years and sits ninth among 14 teams after 18 holes with a 21-over par 309. Play resumes this morning at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., and wraps up tomorrow. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships next week in Hutchinson, Kan. Today, Purdue is paired with fourth-ranked California and No. 28 UNLV and will begin at hole No. 10. Follow the live scoring of the NCAA Central Regional here.
In other golf news, freshmen Austin Eoff and Philippe Schweizer punched their tickets to U.S. Open Sectional qualifying on June 2 after earning two of the five spots handed out earlier this week in local qualifying at the South Bend Country Club. Eoff and Schweizer join senior Adam Schenk and 2012 graduate Tyler Duncan as Purdue representatives at U.S. Open Sectional qualifying rounds. Schenk and Duncan earned their spots last week during local qualifying in Fishers, Ind.
Baseball Wrapping up Regular Season
The baseball team opened a season-ending three-game series with Iowa yesterday at Alexander Field and dropped a 10-3 decision. It is the fifth consecutive year the Boilermakers and the Hawkeyes have wrapped up the regular season against one another.
The two teams play today at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Senior Sean McHugh has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, recognizing the top NCAA Division I catcher.
A program-record six Purdue softball players have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region teams: senior third baseman Tori Chiodo and senior outfielder Andie Varsho (first team), senior catcher Danielle Fletcher and freshman designated player Katy McJunkin (second team), and junior first baseman Ashley Burkhardt and sophomore pitcher Lilly Fecho (third team).
First- and second-team selections are eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced May 28.
Football Kickoff Times
Two football kickoff times were announced earlier this week by the Big Ten office. The Boilermakers' Sept. 27 home game vs. Iowa (Homecoming/Varsity P Club Weekend) and their Oct. 18 road contest at Minnesota (the Golden Gophers' Homecoming) will begin at noon ET. Television designations (ESPN/ABC or BTN) will be announced 12 days or six days before each game. The start times for Purdue's Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 home games against Western Michigan and Central Michigan are expected to be determined by the conference around July 1.
Boilermakers Continue High APR, GSR Marks
For the third consecutive year, all 20 Purdue teams (indoor and outdoor track and field are counted separately) are above the 930 Academic Progress Rate (APR) cutoff, as announced Wednesday by the NCAA.
Meanwhile, the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of Purdue student-athletes has improved from 80 percent to 82 percent and is on track to hit 84 percent in 2015. Overall, 90 percent of student-athletes completing his/her eligibility at Purdue graduate.
Purdue student-athletes have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better for 10 consecutive semesters (five years) and have been at or above the overall student body for 33 consecutive semesters (16 and a half years). Both streaks are expected to continue when spring 2014 grades are finalized.
Student-athletes who graduated in May of 2013 realized a 90 percent job-placement rate.
Davis, Mosier Earn B1G Postgraduate Scholarships
Football's Cody Davis and Kyle Mosier of the wrestling team have been named Purdue's recipients of the Big Ten postgraduate scholarship. Two student-athletes from each of the 12 conference institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements.
Davis, who was a double major with bachelor's degrees in international business and finance, is starting a job with Ford Motor Company in Dallas later this month and plans to go to graduate school in the next year. Mosier is pursuing a master's degree in agricultural engineering at Purdue, the same field of study in which he earned a bachelor's degree last December.
Junior diver Jamie Bissett has been selected as an academic all-district honoree for the second year in a row. A general health sciences major, he advances to the national ballot from which the Academic All-America teams are selected ... Ricky Medinilla of the men's tennis team has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Region Rookie Player of the Year. Medinilla is one of 12 regional award winners, along with at-large nominees, that will now be considered for the National Rookie Player of the Year. This season, Medinilla posted an overall singles record of 23-13 and a 14-9 mark in doubles ... The football team's video board "fire-up" video is among the nominees for the 2014 College Sports Media Awards, as announced by the Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The video is in the category "Outstanding Promotion, PSA, Tease or Marketing Campaign." Winners will be announced May 29 at the College Sports Media Awards ceremony in Atlanta.