May 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Boilermakers opened up the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The men's team sits in third place while the women are in eighth after one day of competition.
Four of the five Boilermakers that completed events on Friday scored including all three men. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi got things going in the hammer throw after a lightning delay. The freshman advanced to the finals in seventh place. From there, he was able to improve his best mark to 62.42m (204-09) which earned him fourth place and five points for Purdue. Enekwechi's mark was less than five inches shy of the second place mark in the event.
Next up for the men was the 10k which was run in heavy rain. Cale Allen and Matthew McClintock ran for the Boilermakers. Allen ran his second-best time of the season as he crossed the finish line in 29:37.89, a time that is faster than the previous facility record. Allen took fifth-place and earned four points for Purdue. McClintock was just behind Allen and took sixth with a time of 29:37.89. That time is also faster than the previous facility record. McClintock's time is the sixth-fastest in Purdue history, just behind Allen's career-best time of 29:33.68 which ranks fifth. McClintock earned three points for the Boilermakers bringing the day one total to 12 points for the men. That total is already just 3.5 points less than the team scored last year for the entire championships.
On the women's side, Dani Bunch earned five points for her performance in the hammer throw. Bunch had a huge PR on the day as she threw 57.97m (190-02). That distance is six feet, five inches farther than her previous best and nine feet, five inches farther than her previous best this season. Bunch finished fourth in the event.
Linsey Daluga and Emily Becker were also in action on Friday. Daluga finished 20th in the women's 10k with a time of 36:49.74. Becker competed in the heptathlon. Her best event of the day was the high jump as she took eighth after clearing 1.56m (5-01.50). Becker sits in 12th after four events with 2,727 points.
The Boilermakers continue action at the championships on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. ET with the women's heptathlon long jump. Day two's events will run past 7 p.m.