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Purdue Men 3rd, Women 4th at Big Ten Track & Field Championships

Purdue had an excellent weekend at the Big Ten championships in Nebraska.

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A few years ago Purdue was pretty bad when it came to track and field. Now, under coach Lonnie Greene they are competing for conference championships and national titles. The women were the runner-up during the indoor season and finished fourth today in the outdoor meet with 87 points. They trailed Michigan and Minnesota, who tied for the conference title with 106 points, and Nebraska (94). The men were banged up at the Big Ten indoor meet, but were excellent at the outdoor meet in scoring 87 points to finish third behind Nebraska (140.5) and Michigan (90.5).

Among the highlights for Purdue:

  • Chukwuebuka Enekwechi repeated as the Big Ten champion in the Hammer throw and finished second in the weight throw. This scored 18 points for the senior who stands a real chance of winning a national title in a few weeks.
  • Matt McClintock was second in the 5K and the 10K, scoring 16 points for the men. He is the reigning individual Big Ten cross country champion.
  • Purdue finished 2, 4, 7, and 8 in the women's 100 meters.
  • That same crew teamed up to win the 4x100 meter relay for the Boilers.
  • Carmiesha Cox hit the Olympic qualifying standard in the 200 meters with a time of 23.16, meaning she will get to go to Rio and represent the Bahamas in a few months.
  • Purdue had several second and third place finishes as well.

Overall it was an excellent meet for Purdue, and the Boilers should have several individuals qualify for the NCAA championships in a few weeks.