No, this is not a Caleb Swanigan update! It seems bizarre to begin the day without one, but finally that saga has ended... and with a great result.
Instead we're here to celebrate Purdue field athlete Chukwuebuka Enekwechi. This is a large man that excels at taking heavy objects and throwing them really, really far. He is the best in the Big Ten at this, as he was named the Big Ten's Field Athlete of the Year after this past weekend's conference meet:
Enekwechi defended his hammer throw conference title by breaking the school, facility, conference championship and Nigerian National records last Friday. The junior threw a winning distance of 72.77m (238-9), which was the top mark in the country over the weekend, and ranks third nationally for the 2015 season. He also scored in the shot put with a sixth-place finish. His best mark in the event was 18.45m (60-6.50).
For the season, Enekwechi broke the school, and Nigerian, record in the hammer throw four times. His season-best shot put mark was 19.46m (63-10.25), which ranks second in school history and 16th in the country. His mark is the third-best in the Big Ten.
Big Chuk's next step is to head to the NCAA Championships again. He also has dreams of heading to Rio to represent Nigeria next summer. He won't be the lone Boilermaker there, as Kara Patterson is attempting to qualify for her third straight Olympics in the javelin, while Steele Johnson and David Boudia are medal favorites in diving.