June 21, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two Boilermakers were winners at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday. Coy Blair won the shot put, while Tate Schienbein captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase crown. The two earned spots on Team USA that will compete at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia, from Aug. 23-25.
Blair competes again today in the hammer throw, while Matthew McClintock will run in the 10K.
On Saturday, three Boilermakers will compete in the Senior Championships in Des Moines: Dani Bunch (shot put), Geoff Davis (high jump) and Brandon Winters (110-meter hurdles).
Cierra Brown also competed in the Junior Championships on Thursday and finished fourth in the triple jump.
Make it 32 consecutive semesters - 16 years - that Boilermaker student-athletes have achieved a higher cumulative grade-point average than the overall student body at Purdue. Furthermore, student-athletes have maintained better than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for six consecutive years. Their mark currently stands at 3.02.
Prior to each home football game this fall, a "211 Session" will take place in Mackey Arena. The pep rally will begin 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and feature the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band and the football team. The cheerleaders, Purdue Pete and other spirit elements also will be integrally involved. The "211 Session" is designed to make a personal connection with fans and intensify spirit before kickoff. This event replaces, and expands upon, the band's traditional Slayter Hill concert. Why 211? It's right before the boiling point of 212, a metaphor for the game itself.
Single-Game Football Tickets on Sale to JPC Members
Single-game tickets for the 2013 football season went on sale to John Purdue Club members Thursday. They will be available to the general public July 23 and to Purdue students Sept. 3. Season tickets and 4-Game Mini Plans remain available to all fans. Click here for ticket information and here to buy tickets online. Season tickets are the only way to guarantee a seat for the Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State games, plus they reflect a significant savings compared with single-game prices and are the best seats in Ross-Ade Stadium.
Next Caravan Stop: Chicago
The next stop on the Boilermaker Coaches Caravan is Chicago on Thursday, July 25. It will be held at Midtown Kitchen, 203 North LaSalle Street, and is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. CT. The cost is $25 per person. To Register, click here. The Chicago stop will follow the 42nd-annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon earlier that day at the Hilton Chicago.
Ed Ehlers: 1923-2013
Former Purdue three-sport standout Ed Ehlers passed away June 17. He played football, basketball and baseball for the Boilermakers from 1942 to 1947, with his time being interrupted to serve in the Army during World War II. Ehlers subsequently was drafted by professional teams in all three sports, and he chose basketball, playing for the Boston Celtics from 1947 to 1949. His granddaughter, Emily, played volleyball at Purdue from 2008 to 2011.
Adam Schenk of the men's golf team was a wire-to-wire winner at the 2013 Indiana Amateur Championship, which took place from June 17 to 20 at the South Bend Country Club. Schenk finished the four-round tournament 5-under par and was the only competitor to shoot under par ... Purdue Athletics will announce its 2013 Hall of Fame class next week. The newest group of honored Boilermakers, which includes former football coach Joe Tiller, will be formally inducted following the Homecoming football game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 28 ... New graphics highlighting the men's and women's basketball Big Ten championships and NCAA appearances have been installed at Cardinal Court, the Boilermakers' practice facility ... Former Boilermaker catcher Kevin Plawecki was promoted from Savannah of the South Atlantic League (Class A) to St. Lucie of the Florida State League (Class A Advanced) on Thursday and proceeded to go 2 for 5 with a double and a home run and four RBI in his debut ... Check out the story and video of Purdue diving alums David Colturi and Steven LoBue, who were in Indiana last week prior to traveling to Copenhagen for their next stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series tour ... Happy First Day of Summer.