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Mostert and Bunch Named Purdue Athletes of the Year

Senior thrower Dani Bunch and junior sprinter and running back Raheem Mostert have been named Purdue’s Athletes of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. They were selected by a vote of the athletics department administrators from a list consisting of each sport’s Most Valuable Player or similar designee.

Bunch (Mahomet, Ill.) and Mostert (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) will now represent the Boilermakers in the voting for the Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year awards. The Big Ten winners will be voted on by a panel of conference media members and announced on the Big Ten Network on Monday, June 23.

Purdue’s last Big Ten Athlete of the Year winners were diver David Boudia in 2011 and golfer Maria Hernandez in 2009.

Bunch and Mostert complete the first track and field sweep of the awards since 1989 when Jamie McNeair, an All-American in the heptathlon, and Brian Kiser, a shot put specialist, were honored. Mostert is the second men’s track and field athlete in a row to be honored, after All-American high jumper Geoff Davis won last year. Bunch is the first female track and field star to receive the award since 2002 when thrower and Big Ten javelin champion Serene Ross won.

Mostert is the fifth track and field athlete to be selected the Purdue Male Athlete of the Year, joining Davis (2013), Kiser (1989), Rod Woodson (1987) and Alvin McNair (1983). Woodson and McNair, like Mostert, were also two-sport athletes who competed in football in the fall. Bunch is the ninth female winner to come from the track and field program, joining Ross (2002), Corissa Yasen (1995, 1996), McNeair (1989, 1990), Cathey Tyree (1987) and Yvonne Netterville (1985).

During the 2013-14 school year, Bunch was a three-time First Team All-American, with a third place finish in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put during the indoor season, and a fifth place finish in the shot put at the outdoor NCAA Championships over the weekend. Bunch scored all 10 of the Purdue women’s points at the NCAA meet during the indoor season, good for 19th place in the country, and all four at the outdoor meet, which earned the women’s team a tie for 47th place.

Bunch won the Big Ten championship in the weight throw in March, the third of her career, to become the first Big Ten woman to win three weight throw titles in her career. The fifth-year senior was runner-up in the Big Ten in the shot put, indoors and out, and also scored in the hammer throw with a second place finish. She was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season and swept the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships for the outdoor campaign.

Bunch broke the school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, as well as in the weight throw. The was named the indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week a conference record six times, including four in a row, which is also a Big Ten record for a field athlete. She also was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the outdoor season twice. She earned First Team All-Big Ten honors during the indoor season and was a second teamer outdoors.

Bunch and Mostert each ran away in the voting for Athlete of the Year.

Mostert joined the track team in January after football season ended, where he racked up 258 kick return yards and a touchdown. On the track, Mostert broke the Big Ten Championships record in the 200-meter dash and the school record in the 60-meter dash en route to a pair of indoor Big Ten titles. He also ran on the school’s 4×400-meter relay team at the indoor championships and placed sixth, which brought his total to 23 of the team’s 61 points. He was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships.

During the outdoor season, Mostert picked up two more conference championships, claiming the 100m and 200m crowns. He also ran the final leg of the team’s 4x100m relay, and took second just 0.02 of a second behind the winners, and the final leg of the fourth-place 4x400m relay team. Mostert was part of 33 of the team’s 79 points and was again named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships.

The junior qualified for the indoor NCAA Championships in the 60m and 200m dashes and picked up a pair of second-team All-America honors. He advanced to the outdoor NCAA Championships in the 100, 200m and 4x100m relay and picked up a pair of second team All-America honors, as well as an honorable mention nod. During the season, he had an all-conditions best time of 10.15 seconds in the 100m, while his best wind-legal time was 10.28. After qualifying for the outdoor championships in three events, Mostert was named the Great Lakes Regional Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.

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NCAA 2013 Outdoor Track and Field Championship Live

EUGENE, Ore. (Sporting Alert) — The opening day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship gets underway on Wednesday with a host of events, starting with the men’s Decathlon event in Eugene, Ore. at Hayward Field.

Watch Live Streaming: NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship

Follow Live Results of Every Event

TELEVISION/WEB CAST
ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet as well.

The championship begins at 12:00 PM with the men’s combine event, with field events opening with the Women Hammer Throw at 1:30.

Action on the track starts with the exciting Semi-final rounds of the men’s and women’s 4×100 relays, while LSU and Jamaica’s star half-miler Natoya Goule go in the women’s 800m semis.

There will be six finals on day 1, five of which come from the field events, including the Women Long Jump and Men Shot Put, while the one final on the track will be the Women 10000 metres run.

Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU and Oregon are all amongst the top team looking to land the women’s overall title, while Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oregon, Florida and Florida State are the main teams at the moment favored to win the men’s team title.

Day Start Time Event Name Rnd Result
Men’s Decathlon

Wed 12:00 PM
Dec 100 M
Dec Long Jump
Dec Shot Put
Dec High Jump
Dec 400 M

Track Events

Day Start Time Event Name Rnd Result
Wed 4:00 PM Women 4×100 M Relay Semis
Wed 4:15 PM Men 4×100 M Relay Semis
Wed 4:30 PM Women 800 M Semis
Wed 4:45 PM Men 800 M Semis
Wed 5:00 PM Women 400 M Semis
Wed 5:15 PM Men 400 M Semis
Wed 5:30 PM Women 100 M Semis
Wed 5:45 PM Men 100 M Semis
Wed 6:00 PM Women 400 M Hurdles Semis
Wed 6:15 PM Men 400 M Hurdles Semis
Wed 6:45 PM Men 3000 M Steeplechase Semis
Wed 7:10 PM Women 10000 M Final

Wednesday Field Events
Day Start Time Event Name Rnd Result
Wed 1:30 PM Women Hammer Final
Wed 4:00 PM Men Pole Vault Final
Wed 4:15 PM Women Long Jump Final
Wed 5:15 PM Women Javelin Final
Wed 5:30 PM Men Shot Put Final

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Kennedy Kithuka wins NCAA 10k cross country crown

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Texas Tech junior Kennedy Kithuka put on a show Saturday afternoon at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on his way to capturing the NCAA Cross Country individual championship in a familiar dominant performance.

Kithuka, who entered the race unbeaten in 2012, broke the course record finishing first overall with a time of 28:31.3 in the 10,000-meter race to become Texas Tech’s first male NCAA Cross Country Champion in school history.

“Once the race started, I knew I was ready to go.” Kithuka said. “It was just a great race.”

With the performance, Kithuka becomes Tech’s sixth overall national champion in school history after becoming the first men’s Big 12 Champion in school history earlier this year.

“Kennedy ran a perfect race,” Texas Tech head cross country coach Jon Murray said. “There was a race plan and he executed it to perfection. He put the surges in at the right time and opened the race just past the halfway point. The rest of the race was just a continued effort and keeping the tempo up.”

On the largest stage of the season, Kithuka outlasted a pair of Arizona runners including defending national champion Lawi Lalang who entered the race undefeated during his decorated cross country career.

Kithuka took his lead at the midway point of the race moving in front of Lalang and fellow Arizona runner Stephen Sambu. Sambu finished second behind Kithuka with a time of 28:38.6 while Lalang finished third.

With 3,000-meters remaining in the race, Kithuka broke away from the pack for good, separating himself from both Sambu and Lalang on his way to the finish line.

“I am extremely proud of Kennedy,” Murray said. “He came into the meet as the underdog and left as the champion. He just did a fantastic job of representing Texas Tech.”

The national championship is Kithuka’s first of his career at the Division I level after capturing 10 in track and field and cross country at the NAIA level before transferring to Texas Tech.

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Tony McQuay of Florida hunts SEC 400m crown on Sunday

Baton Rouge, La. (Sporting Alert) — Tony McQuay will look to go one better this season when he races for the 2012 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships men’s 400m title at Bernie Moore Stadium on Sunday.

The Florida Gators junior finished second to Kirani James last season, but is the favourite to strike gold this season with James giving up his remaining collegiate eligibility to join the professionals.

On Saturday McQuay eased into the final after winning his heat in 45.88 seconds, which is the second quickest of the heats.

The USA outdoor champion will race out of lane five and he is expected to be challenged by Georgia senior Torrin Lawrence, who posted the fastest time of the heats, at 45.84, Clayton Gravesande of South Carolina and Robert Simmons of LSU – the other sub-46 seconds runners in the preliminaries with 45.93 and 45.99, respectively.

Experts believe the race will be won from the middle lanes, with both McQuay and Lawrence have identical outdoor year bests of 45.65secs.

Live coverage of the final day of the SEC Outdoor Championships will air on ESPN3.com on Sunday.

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Lawi Lalang dominates NCAA 8k Championships; Wisconsin wins team title

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Sporting Alert) – Lawi Lalang of Arizona broke away from the pack at the 5k mark and then paced to an impressive 22:52 at 8k before going all the way to win the individual men’s 10k race at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday.

Lalang ran undefeated all season and he went on to take the title in a time of 28:44.10 a time that was matched by none of his challengers.

The favourite separated himself at the 5k mark and then open up that lead at the 5k mark and he said he was ready for what ever the pack had to throw at him.

Lalang said his plan was to go to 5k and then step up the pace, but admitted he felt too good at the 4k mark to wait that long.

“My plan was to go at the 4k mark, but I felt good at the 4k,” Lalang said.

“After 4k I was ready to go. My plan was to stay and relax for the first 4k and then go far it.”

He added: “If anybody was going to go with me, then I was going to kick with them.”

Chris Derrick of Stanford was second in 28:57.5, while Leonard Korir of Iona was third in 29:04.8.

Wisconsin dethroned Oklahoma State of it’s team title

The team won its first title since 2005 and the fifth title in the school’s program.

Mohammed Ahmed was the first Wisconsin runner at fifth in a time of 29:06.7.

Wisconsin was first with 97 points, followed by Oklahoma State with 139 and Stanford, at 144 points.