PURDUE: Tuesday Track Tidbits
February 19, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
PURDUE SPORTS RELEASE
More School Records
-Cierra Brown and Matthew McClintock joined the club of current Boilermakers with school records.
-Brown broke the triple jump record, and Lambert Fieldhouse record, with a leap of 13.00m (42-08.00).
-Matthew McClintock shattered the men’s 5k record with a time of 13:56.41.
-Dani Bunch (SP, WT), Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (WT), Dan Porter (Mile), Vanessa McLeod (800m) and Kari Schoolbraid (600m) are the other current Boilermakers with indoor school records.
Boilers Break Into Top Five
-Purdue also had several individuals break into the top five in program history last weekend.
-Devynne Charlton ran the fourth-fastest 200m and 60m hurdles times. She also ran the sixth-fastest 60m dash time.
-Raheem Mostert ran a converted time of 21.08 seconds in the 200m, which is the third-fastest in program history.
-Kevin Griffith ran a converted time of 1:50.10 in the 800m, which is the third-fastest in program history.
-Jake Waterman just missed the top five with the sixth-fastest 3k time in Purdue lore.
-The Boilermakers have made a habit of posting top-five times and marks in program history since Lonnie Greene took over as head coach in the summer of 2012. The men’s and women’s teams have added 27 times or marks to the indoor top-five lists in that year and a half span.
Fun With B1G Numbers
-If the Big Tens were scored based on performances already this season, the Boilermakers would have 13 scorers in 11 events on the men’s side, and 12 scorers in 10 events on the women’s side.
-The men would score 61 points, up 25.167, or just over a 70-percent increase, from last year.
-The women would score 56 points, up 20, or more than a 55-percent increase, from last season.
-The Boilermakers are also just out of ‘scoring’ in several events, and will look to improve times and marks one last time before the conference championships on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Throwers Continue To Be Nation’s Best
-Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Dani Bunch have the No. 1 and No. 2 marks, respectively, in the weight throw for their gender.
-Enekwechi threw 23.62m (77-06.00), which is the second-best in the world this year, and best collegiately.
-Bunch broke the school record, and Findlay fieldhouse record, in the shot put on her first attempt at the Findlay Elite Meet, with a mark of 17.19m (56-04.75). Bunch’s mark is the fourth-best in the country this year.
-Bunch is second in the nation in the weight throw with a mark of 22.35m (73-04.00).
-Bunch has won all 12 events she has competed in this year, including two over the weekend.
Big Ten Throwers May Be Best Ever
-The Big Ten men’s weight throw performance gets better and better every week, as the conference now boasts the top four weight throwers in the country.
-Enekwechi leads the group with his mark of 23.62m (77-06.00), while Michael Lihrman of Wisconsin has the No. 2 mark with a distance of 22.96m (75-04.00). Antonio James of Michigan State is third in the country with a throw of 22.74m (74-07.25). Minnesota’s Jon Lehman jumped into fourth with a throw of 22.09m (72-05.75).
-The top three marks in the Big Ten this year are all better than the winning throw at last year’s NCAA Championships.
-Kent State has the only other thrower in the country to record a mark over 22m (22.01m, 72-02.50) this year.
-The Big Ten boasts five of the top eight and eight of the top 26 weight throws in the country this year.
Signing Period Opens
-National Signing Period began on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and will continue until Aug. 1.
-The Boilermakers have already officially signed eight women and seven men with more likely in the coming weeks.
-The women are: Symone Black, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (sprints/hurdles), Gabrielle Broschard, Hershey, Pa. (distance), Micaela Hazlewood, Linton, Ind. (throws), Autumn Heath, Liberty Township, Ohio (sprints), Elizabeth Iversen, Martinsville, Ind. (throws), Sarah Loesch, Columbus, Ind. (throws), Savannah Roberson, Ypsilanti, Mich. (sprints) and Brionna Thomas, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (sprints).
-The men are: David Dalton, Greenwood, Ind. (distance), Timothy Deal, Mishawaka, Ind. (hurdles/multi), Matthew Garrison, Bedford, Ind. (jumps), Luke Lewis, Hermitage, Pa., (throws), Miles Poullard, Pomona, Calif. (jumps), Kinard Rolle, Nassau, Bahamans (sprints) and Justin Veteto, Greenwood, Ind. (hurdles).
-A full release on the signing class will be published upon completion of the group.
Two Sport Stars
-Raheem Mostert, a football player in the fall, has the sixth-best 60m dash time among football players who compete in track, and third-fastest among Division-I football players.
-He also has the fourth-fastest 200m dash time among football players.
-Shane Mikesky has the sixth-fastest 60m hurdles time among college football players, and the fifth-fastest of Division-I programs.
Other Top-25 Marks
-Aside from Bunch and Enekwechi, Purdue has three other marks that rank in the top 25 nationally.
-Cierra Brown has the nation’s ninth-best triple jump distance.
-Mostert’s 200m time is the 23rd-best in the country this year.
-Matthew McClintock’s 5k is the ninth-best in the country this year.
In The Ranks
-The women’s team is ranked 15th in the country, the second-best spot among Big Ten teams, behind Penn State who is 10th. Michigan is also in the top 25 at No. 25.
-The men’s team is ranked 33rd.
-The Boilermakers will return to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invite.
-The meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Follow Purdue Track And Field
-Follow the team on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC.
-The team can be found on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PurdueTrack.