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Purdue Leads Big Ten Track & Field Championships After Day 1

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Chukwuebuka Enekwechi is very good at throwing heavy things long distances.

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After day one of the Big Ten outdoor track & field championships the Purdue men are in first place thanks to two of their best athletes having a great night. It all started with yet another Big Ten championship for one of the most accomplished throwers in school history.

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was a First Team All-American last year at the outdoor championships and basically is awesome at the hammer throw and weight throw. In the hammer throw he threw a 69.39 meters in the final to be named the Big Ten champion for the third straight season. That notched Purdue 10 points for the team competition and he is one of the favorites to win the weight throw.

Purdue also got major points from Matt McClintock in the 10 km race. The reigning Big Ten champion in cross country finished second in the event, just as he did last year. He was approximately five seconds behind Michigan's Ben Flanagan, and he is also the reigning champion in the 5k from last season, so he has another event to score big points for Purdue.

The eight points from McClintock give Purdue 18 points out of a possible 20 through two final events.