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Purdue Women Come Up Just Short at NCAA Track Finals

Jessica Harter finishes as an All-American in the pole vault.

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The Purdue women did not have quite as good of a day as the men on Wednesday, but it was still a solid showing at the NCAA Track & Field Championships. All told, Purdue scored just three points towards the team championship, but there were several close calls.

Jessica Harter -€” Harter was formerly a walk-on in the pole vault. Now she is an All-American. The senior finished sixth nationally with a height of 4.2 meters to score Purdue three points.

4x400 meter relay -€” Purdue came up just short of qualifying for Saturday's finals here. Symone Black, Aarin Jones, Carmeisha Cox, and Brionna Thomas finished in a time of 3:32.798 to finish ninth where the top 8 teams advanced to the final. They were in the fast heat too, as the top three qualifiers for the final were in their heat.

4x100 meter relay -€” This team also came up just short. Autumn Heath, Savannah Roberson, Savannah Carson, and Cox finished in a time of 43.99 seconds, good for 11th when the top 8 advance. The times were so close that Purdue missed the finals by a third of a second. It is the first time in the history of the NCAA championships that a sub 44 time did not reach the finals.

Carmeisha Cox -€” Individually Cox had a busy night as she finished 17th in the 200 meters with a time of 23.58 seconds.

Symone Black -€” Black also competed individually in the 400 meter hurdles, where she finished 21st in a time of 59.23 seconds.

Here are Purdue's remaining competitors:


Men's 4x400 meter relay finals -€” Nicholas Parks, Kyle Webb, Kendal Frederick, and Shawndail McLaren -€” 10:51pm ET.


Janae' Moffitt -€” women's high jump -€” 6pm ET

Chelsie Meeks, Micaela Hazlewood -€” women's discus -€” 6:05pm