Indiana and Purdue Take Home Weekly Track and Field Awards

Jan. 24, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced on Monday the women's indoor track and field awards with Indiana's Chelsea Blanchard earning Track Athlete of the Week and Purdue's Dani Bunch winning Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

Track Athlete of the Week
Chelsea Blanchard - Indiana
Jr. - Ft. Wayne, Ind. - Carroll

Chelsea Blanchard earns her first weekly award of the season after she took first place in the 3,000-meter run last weekend as Indiana hosted the Gladstein Invitational. Blanchard took the win with a time of 9:24.41, the third fastest in the NCAA this season. The time is the fifth-best in Indiana history and the fastest in the Big Ten this season by 5.75 seconds. The junior is one of only three runners in the country to finish the 3K in less than 9:30 this season.

Last Indiana Track Athlete of the Week: Molly Beckwith (Feb. 8, 2010)

Field Athlete of the Week
Dani Bunch - Purdue
Fr. - Mahomet, Ill. - Mahomet-Seymour

Purdue's Dani Bunch earned a pair of personal records in the shot put and weight throw on Saturday at the Gene Edmonds Cup. Bunch topped the shot put field with a toss of 15.78 meters, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten, 18th in the nation and is second all-time at Purdue. She finished second in the weight throw, with a mark of 19.63 meters. The mark is second in the conference, 13th in the country this season and fourth all-time at Purdue. This marks Bunch's first weekly award of her career.

Last Purdue Field Athlete of the Week: Brianna Neumann (Feb. 22, 2010)

2011 Women's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Jan. 10
T: Madison McNary, Jr., OSU
F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
Jan. 17
T: Christina Manning, Jr., OSU
F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
Jan. 24
T: Chelsea Blanchard, Jr., IND
F: Dani Bunch, Fr., PUR