EUGENE, Ore. (Purdue Sports) — Dani Bunch wrapped up the NCAA Track and Field Championships for the Boilermakers on Saturday. Bunch finished fifth in the shot put and earned her fourth career First Team All-America honor.
Bunch was the final thrower in the second heat and opened with a mark of 16.24m (53-03.50). On her second attempt, the nine-time All-American launched a mark of 17.26m (56-07.50). That mark held up for fourth place and got her into the finals. Bunch was unable to improve her mark for the rest of the competition and finished in fifth, just one centimeter, half an inch, shy of fourth. Her fifth place finish earned four points for the Boilermakers and gave them a 47th-place finish in the country.
“At the end of the day, we had a good championships. Kudos to Dani,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “It was a good experience for most of the group, especially since it was the first trip to NCAAs for most of the group. If this week is an indicator of the future, I am very excited for us. We competed very hard and had a great year. We came up a little short in some areas this weekend, but I was proud of our effort all year.”
The Boilermakers wrapped up the season with the conclusion of the event. Several individuals will compete at championships over the summer, including the U.S. Track Championships.