April 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind./LOS ANGELES - The Boilermakers wrapped up the first day of the Dave Rankin Invite with the hammer throw on Friday in the wind and sleet while three runners competed at the Mt. SAC Relays where temperatures soared over 80 degrees.
At the Dave Rankin Invite, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi took home the men’s title with the second-best mark of his career. The redshirt freshman threw 63.24m (207-06). That mark would rank 19th in the nation this season, though Enekwechi has the 13th-best mark nationally. Coy Blair took fourth overall in the event with a throw of 54.49m (178-09). That mark is a personal best by eight feet, four inches. Caleb Fricke took 12th overall with a distance of 44.75 (146-10). Caleb Reiff rounded out the Purdue throwers with a 17th-place finish. He threw 41.29m (135-05) which is 11 inches shy of his personal best.
On the women’s side, Dani Bunch took the top spot in the event. She threw 54.98m (180-04) which won by more than 16 feet. Bunch’s mark is five inches shy of her season best and three feet, five inches short of her personal best which she threw in 2011.
At the Mt. SAC Relays, Kevin Griffith finished fourth in his section and ninth overall in the 800m run. Griffith finished with a time of 1:50.66 which was just over a half second behind the first place time. That time is a season-best and 0.97 second behind his career-best in the event.
Kelly McCurdy and Matthew McClintock were also scheduled to compete Friday night, though their results were not available as their races were not completed until after 1 a.m. ET. McCurdy and McClintock’s results will be available in Saturday’s recap.