The 2014 Big Ten Track & Field Championships have wrapped up at the Rankin track complex at Purdue and it was a great weekend for the Boilermakers. The Purdue women finished third in the conference while the men surged into the fifth place behind football running back Raheem Mostert. Mostert, who performed extremely well at the Indoor championships earlier this year, won both the 100 and the 200 meters.
Mostert was also part of the 4x100 meter relay team that barely finished second behind Iowa. It was a banner day from Mostert, who hopefully will get more of a chance to show his blinding speed on the football field this fall, especially as a kick returner.
Brandon Winters also had a good day for the Boilers, as he had the best preliminary time in the 110 meter hurdles and finished third in the final. Jake Waterman was fourth in the 3000 meter Steeplechase Purdue continued to throw things well with Chukwuebuka Enekwechi finishing second in the shot put and Coy Blair notching a third place finish in the same event. Enekwechi won the Hammer Throw earlier in the meet, giving Purdue another league champion.
That gave Purdue a total of 79 points, which was a point behind Ohio State who finished fourth. Wisconsin won the team title.
On the women's side Purdue scored 89 total points to finish third as a team behind champion Penn State and second place Nebraska. One of the highlights was Bre'Anna Smith, was second by a hundredth of a second behind Katie Borchers of Ohio State in the 800 meters. Kari Schoolbraid finished third in the event to give Purdue 14 of their points. Both of them were part of the 4x400 relay team that finished second.
The women also had a good showing in the Steeplechase with Blair Doney finishing second and Hope Schmelze finishing seventh. Nikki Nunn's championship in the long jump was a third straight individual title for the Boilers. A third place finish for Jessica Harter in the pole vault was also a solid finish.
Finally, Dani Bunch had a great showing with runner-up finishing in the shot put and the hammer throw.