WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It seems that just about every time a weight is thrown, a new mark is being set. Whether its sophomore Chuk Enekwechi on the men’s team or senior Dani Bunch on the women’s side, records are falling and the awards are rolling in.
Enekwechi, who at one point had the longest weight throw in the world this year, has been mentioned in Sports Illustrated and was named national track and field athlete of the week in January.
“To have national recognition and at one point world recognition, I’m sitting at number two right now, which is a big deal,” Enekwechi said.
Bunch is a pretty big deal as well. She had the longest throw on the collegiate level, and has won the Big Ten’s track and field athlete of the week award seven times, which is a conference record.
“It’s just a nice feeling to know that someone’s actually paying attention, you know, to the sport that I’m in, that I’ve dedicated so much time to,” Bunch said.
“They’re reaching their full potential which they didn’t necessarily believe what they were at first but you could always see it as a coach, Purdue throws coach Keith McBride said.
As a result of their record-setting success, Enekwechi and Bunch have been named to the watchlist for the Bowerman Award, which is given to the top track and field athlete in the nation.
“It’s hard for a thrower to get noticed on a national scale, regardless of how good you are. So, something like that means that coaches are watching and coaches are appreciating what were doing, Enekwechi said.
It’s something that Purdue track and field head coach, Lonnie Greene, definitely appreciates.
“To have two young people like that in the program who are doing it at the next level, words can’t express how that makes a head coach feel,” Greene said.
Purdue’s powerful pair of throwers will look to add to their resume’s at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend.