June 16, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Boilermakers competed at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend and two came away with All-America honors. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Andy Mack had top eight finishes which earned each the distinguished honor.
Enekwechi was first to compete and had a top five finish in the hammer throw. The freshman threw 63.87m (209-07) on his fourth attempt. Enekwechi was very consistent on the afternoon as three of his throws were over 63m (206-08). Of his remaining three throws, two were foul while the other went 62.77m (205-11). Rudy Winkler took the top spot in the event. He threw a WJC qualifying distance of 70.75m (232-01). Three others also threw WJC qualifying marks.
Enekwechi also competed in the shot put. There, the freshman took ninth place, one spot away from All-America status. He threw a best distance of 17.19m (56-04.75). That distance was just 1.75 inches shy of eighth place. Igor Liokumovich of Harvard took the top spot with a WJC qualifying mark of 18.18m (59-07.75). Rodney Brown also had a WJC qualifying mark as he threw a distance of 18.14m (59-06.25).
Mack finished in eighth place in the men’s 5,000-meter run on Friday night. The freshman ran a time of 15:11.33. Kirubel Erassa of Oklahoma State finished first with a time of 14:28.00. Kyle King of Virginia was close behind as he cross the finish line in 14:28.26. The top seven finishers were all under 15 minutes.
Kaitlyn Brace finished 14th in the javelin throw. The freshman threw 36.83m (120-10) on her third attempt which moved her ahead of Taylor Stanley of Pittsburgh. Haley Crouser won the event with a WJC qualifying throw of 50.79m (166-08). Brianna Bain of Stanford always had a WJC qualifying throw. She finished with a mark of 49.13m (161-02).