Enekwechi Earns Second Team All-America Honors at NCAAs

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Chukwuebuka Enekwechi watches as his third attempt comes up just short of qualifying for finals in the men's hammer throw.
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Chukwuebuka Enekwechi watches as his third attempt comes up just short of qualifying for finals in the men's hammer throw.
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June 13, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. - Four more Boilermakers competed on the second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships Thursday. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was the top finisher among the group, earning Second Team All-America honors with an 11th-place finish.

Enekwechi was the first Boilermaker to compete on Thursday and was the first thrower in the second flight of the hammer. The sophomore Big Ten champion opened with a throw of 64.26m (210-10). That mark put him in sixth to start, but a strong field would immediately record some huge marks and bump him back to ninth. Heading into his final attempt, after a foul on his second throw, Enekwechi was 10th and needed an improvement to move on. His third throw came up short and he finished 11th.

Raheem Mostert was next to compete and ran in his third event of the championships, the 200m dash. The junior Big Ten champion was unable to fight through the pack and took sixth in his heat with a time of 21.03 seconds. He finished 17th overall to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

Jake Waterman ran in the men’s steeplechase after automatically qualifying through the regional with a school record. Waterman also couldn’t make it through the pack and was stuck in the back of the lead group. He ended up taking ninth in the heat and 19th overall with a time of 8:57.13 to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

The women’s 4x400m relay team was the final Boilermaker entry of the day. The team of Taylor Morrison, Aarin Jones, Kari Shoolbraid and BreAnna Smith got off to a tough start, but Shoolbraid battled back in the third leg. She ran the second-fastest third leg of any team in the heat with a time of 53.54 seconds, just 0.02 of a second behind the top time. Smith also ran a strong leg with a 53.45 seconds time to give Purdue a seventh place finish in the heat and 20th overall. The women’s 4x400m team earns honorable mention All-America honors.


 

 

The Boilermakers have two more competitors the rest of the week, one on Friday and one on Saturday. Caleb Fricke will wrap up the men’s action on Friday with the discus, while Dani Bunch competes in the women’s shot put on Saturday afternoon. Full results will be posted to PurdueSports.com at the conclusion each day. Live results of Purdue’s action will also be posted on the team’s official Twitter feed, @PurdueTrackXC.