March 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The Boilermakers opened the USC Trojan Invite on Friday night and broke several personal records. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi also bested the Nigerian national hammer throw record, though it will have to be officially verified.
Enekwechi competed in his first outdoor event of the season after wrapping up his indoor campaign a week ago at the NCAA Championships. Despite not practicing the hammer until this week because he was concentrating on the weight throw, Enekwechi had a huge PR and recorded the top mark in the history of Nigerian athletes, verification pending. The sophomore finished second in the event with a throw of 67.31m (220-10), which came on his second attempt. The mark tops the current national record of 66.92m (219-7) and also moves him ahead of his throws coach Keith McBride and into third place on the all-time Purdue list. Enekwechi is now within a foot and a half of the program record.
Elsewhere at the event, Blair Doney improved her sixth-place mark in Purdue history in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Doney ran a time of 10:35.76, a 3.5 second PR. In the men's steeplechase, Tate Schienbein ran a PR and just missed the top five. He finished third with a time of 9:06.07. Jake Waterman was just behind Schienbein, as he took fourth in 9:06.16.
Matthew McClintock was the lone winner for Purdue on Friday. The sophomore ran a time of 14:22.88 in the 5k to win by nearly two seconds. McClintock currently holds the program's fourth-best time in the event which he ran last season, with a time of 14:06.25. Caleb Kerr took third in Friday's race with a new PR. He ran a time of 14:28.97.
Nikki Nunn took second in the women's long jump, though it was the top collegiate finish at the meet. Nunn leapt 6.19m (20-3.75), which was one foot, two and a half inches shy of the winning mark, jumped by Alitta Boyd who competed unattached.
The Boilermakers wrap up the meet on Saturday. Full results and a recap will be posted to PurdueSports.com following its completion.