We interrupt the constant coverage of our basketball season to give some love to one of the other sports at Purdue that is gaining a ton of national interest. The women’s track & field team received a program-best No. 10 ranking nationally before the start of the indoor season. The rankings are generally calculated by taking the best results of every athlete available and ranking them as if a mythical national meet was being conducted. Purdue collected 66.34 points, just behind Notre Dame for 9th. From Purdue sports:
The 2016-17 team brings back a wealth of experience and production, including conference champions in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump and 4x400-meter relay, as well as silver medalists in the 60m dash, two in the 400m dash (one from 2015, one from 2016) and the long jump. The team also boasts three individuals who have won a Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, including the last two from the indoor Big Ten season. This season, the women have nine marks that currently rank in the top 10 in the country, including three that are among the top three.
It is significant because Purdue is the highest rated Big Ten team headed into the indoor season. The women were second at the Big Ten Championships last winter, making them a favorite to win the program’s first Big Ten championship since 2001. It would also be the first Big Ten championship in ANY sports for Purdue since 2012 with baseball.
Finally, a women’s track and men’s basketball Big Ten championship would give Purdue 73 Big Ten championships across all sports, which would FINALLY tie us with the University of Chicago a mere 71 years after they left the conference athletically.
The ladies won the season opening Gene Edmonds Invitational this past weekend in West Lafayette convincingly over Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Lindsey Wilson, Notre Dame, Franklin, and IUPUI.
The Big Ten championships are February 24-25 in Columbus, OH.