It was a bit of a bittersweet day for the third Boilermaker in action in Rio today. Carmiesha Cox ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay team for the Bahamas this evening and helped establish a new national record. Her team completed the race in 3:26.36, which established a new national record by more than two seconds. She ran the third leg for the Bahamas.
Carmiesha Cox's 3rd leg split of 50.91 was the second fastest third leg in the second heat, behind only Jamaica who won the heat. #BoilerUp— PurdueTrack&Field (@PurdueTrackXC) August 20, 2016
Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to move in to tomorrow’s final. The time was only the 11th best among the 16 teams running in two heats. They missed tomorrow’s final by .65 seconds.
The United States had the fastest time of the evening with a 3:21.42. The experience is still a good one for Cox, who scored points for Purdue at the NCAA meet a few months ago. She will return from Rio with one more season to run for Purdue. Her experience also means she likely gets another shot in four years in Tokyo.