Just a few years ago Purdue track & field was a bit of a joke. Now it is one of the nation's rising programs. It has produced an Olympian in Kara Patterson and another likely one next summer. Now it has multiple All-Americans after several Boilers did well out in Eugene, Oregon.
7 entries, 11 student-athletes, 11 First Team All-America trophies. #BoilerUp #NCAATF pic.twitter.com/QZOsMrYBup— PurdueTrack&Field (@PurdueTrackXC) June 14, 2015
That is a great finish for our group. Here were the highlights:
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - Chuk throws stuff. He throws it very, very far. The Nigerian-America, who could very well compete for Nigeria next summer in Rio, finished 6th in the Hammer Throw to earn first team All-America honors. He later finished in the top 20 in the shot put.
Matt McClintock - McClintock, who did very well for Purdue in Cross Country last fall, competed in the 10,000 meters and earned first-team All-America honors. He ran the 10K in 29:16.57 to finish seventh nationally and the best among all Big Ten runners in the event.
Savannah Carson, Devynne Charlton, Carmiesha Cox, Brionna Thomas - This quartet earned First Team All-America honors with a sixth place finish nationally in the 4x100 meters. All four will be back for at least two more years, too.
Aarin Jones, Bri Thomas, Symone Black, Cox - These four ladies were All-Americans in the 4x400 meter relay by finishing fourth. They missed winning the national title by less than four seconds behind Florida, USC, and Florida State.
Devynne Charlton - The sophomore also took home an individual All-American honor. She finished seventh in the 100 meter hurdles in 13 seconds flat.