last season Purdue’s women’s track & field brought home the outdoor Big Ten championship. This past weekend they entered the meet ranked 11th in the nation, just one spot behind Minnesota for the label of “Best Big Ten team”. It was expected to be a close meet, but in the end Minnesota edge Purdue 134-132 for the team title despite winning both relays and several individual championships.
Senior Devynne Charlton was the busiest for Purdue. She was the individual winner in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.07, the 100 meters in a time of 11.22, and was 7th in the 200 meters in a time of 23.61. She was also part of the 4x100 meter team that won the Big Ten for the fourth straight year. In short, she fast.
She fast...like 12.76 fast @PurdueTrackXC @DevynneCharlton pic.twitter.com/9EHyz5l6b5— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 13, 2018
Brionna Thomas was an individual champion in the 400 in a time of 51.13 and was also part of the 4x400 relay team that shatter the Big Ten meet record. The old record was 3 minutes, 31.22 seconds established by Iowa last year, but our ladies went off in a time of 3:28.98, shaving more than 2 seconds off of the record.
No word on if they had NOS in their shoes.
Other individuals that did well were Savannah Roberson (second to Charlton in the hurdles, 3rd in the 100 meters), Symone Black (winner in the 400 hurdles), Chloe Abbott (4th in the 200 and 400), Janae Moffitt (winner in the high jump), Savannah Carlson (2nd in the long jump), and Micaela Hazelwood (4th in the discus).
On the men’s side we weren’t as good. the men finished in 11th place, but Waseem Williams was the individual champion in the 100 meters with a meet record time of 10.10. He also finished 6th in the 200. Justin Veteto finished 4th in the 110 meter hurdles. Rahman Minor was 4th in the high jump.
More importantly, the second place finish by the women secure the Governor’s Cup from Indiana by a score of 10.5-9.5. This marks the fourth time in five years Purdue has won the all-sports series with Indiana. We also currently have possession of the Old Oaken Bucket, Golden Boot, and Monon Spike. We would have all four rivalry trophies, but the Barn Burner was lost in women’s basketball.