Student-athletes, coaches, administrators kick off school year
Bobinski: 'We had some really, really good things and some special things happen.'
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
The Boilermakers earned seven first team All-America honors
The Boilermakers advanced three others to finals
- Second team All-American outdoors as a member of the 4x400m relay, which finished ninth in the country
- Second team All-American indoors as a member of the 4x400m relay, which finished 11th in the country
- Honorable mention for All-American in the 400m hurdles
- Second team All-Big Ten in 400m hurdles after finishing runner-up at the conference championship
- Broke her own 400m hurdles school record with a time of 56.03 seconds at Big Tens
- Ranked ninth in the country in the 400m hurdles
- First team All-Big Ten in the indoor 4x400m relay after running the third leg with a Big Ten Conference record-breaking time of 3:32.07 to win the race
- Finished fourth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 400m dash with the No. 2 time in school history, 52.78 seconds
- Member of the school-record breaking distance medley relay team that ran a time of 11:06.40 at the Alex Wilson Invite. The time ranked 14th in the country
- Ran the fifth-fastest indoor 200m dash in program history with a time of 24.12 seconds at Big Tens
- Qualified for the U.S. Championships in the 400m hurdles, though did not compete
- Name Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 400m hurdles at the outdoor-opening Shamrock Invite with what was then the No. 1 time in the country
- Won the 400m hurdles at the prestigious Drake Relays, becoming the first woman in program history to win the evant at that meet
- Member of 4x400m relay team that won the Texas Relays
- Finished runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the Texas Relays, after running the top time in prelims
- Had 11 first-place finishes on the year
High School: Named Indiana's Miss Track and Field as a senior; four-time MVP Hurdler Award ... as a senior won the Gatorade Player of the Year ... All-American in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the 400m hurdles after recording three top-three finishes ... All-American in the 4x400m relay in 2011 and in the 4x400m and 4x100m in 2013 ... state champion in the 300m hurdles as a junior ... won the Concordia senior girl athlete award; broke the conference and sectional records in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles in 2013 ... All-state for 100 meter hurdles in 2012 and 2013 ... as a sophomore was the runner up in 300mh ... as a freshman was All-state after finishing ninth ... had PRs of 42.58 seconds in the 300mH, 59.57 seconds in the 400mH and 14.20 seconds in the 100m hurdles.
Personal: Symone Black was born Oct. 26, 1995, in Fort Wayne, Indiana; daughter of Mark and Loni Black ... has a sister, Mariah ... plans to major in applied exercise and health.