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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The track & field teams opened 2018 with the Gene Edmonds Open in what head coach Lonnie Greene referred to as “the best opener” in the six years he’s been at Purdue. The Boilermakers won 16 events and added three more wins from individuals who will compete for Purdue outdoors, though have exhausted their indoor eligibility.
The Boilermakers added 10 marks to the nation’s top-25 lists at the meet. The women’s 4x400-meter capped the track events on the women’s side and was the highlight of the meet. The team of Symone Black, Carmiesha Cox, Chloe Abbott and Brionna Thomas went head to head with the other Purdue team of Samara Miller, Jahneya Mitchell, Kyelah Hodges and Myia Dorsey. The teams went 1-2, which is impressive in its own right, but the team of Black, Cox, Abbott and Thomas finished with the third-fastest time in the country, while the other team finished with a time that ranks 11th in the nation. Those times, after conversion for the 200-meter, flat track, were 3:37.31 and 3:40.14.
Thomas, Abbott and Cox also added their names in the top-12 nationally as individuals. Thomas won the 400m dash with a converted time of 53.78 seconds. That ranks fifth in the country. Cox’s time came in the 200m dash. She finished with a converted time of 23.79 seconds to win the race. Abbott added her name in two events. She finished runner-up in the 200m dash with a converted time of 23.88 seconds, which ranks 11th nationally, while also finishing runner-up in the 400m dash with a converted time of 54.65 seconds.
Sarah Loesch threw a lifetime best in the weight throw to win the event. With her first attempt, the junior recorded a mark of 20.46 meters (67-1.50), which was enough to win. That ranks 11th nationally this season and fourth in school history. Micaela Hazlewood finished third in the weight throw, but came up big in the shot put, which she won. The senior threw a PR with a toss of 15.92m (52-2.75), which ranks third in school history and 20th in the country.
The men’s high jumpers had another good day. This time it was Eric Blackman who won with a PR clearance of 2.17m (7-1.50). That ranks 12th in the country this year and sixth in school history. Rahman Minor, who was the top Boilermaker in the season-opener in December, finished runner-up with a clearance of 2.12m (6-11.50). He still ranks 16th in the country this year.
Waseem Williams was the final Boilermaker to add his name to the nation’s top-25 lists. He did so in the 200m dash with a converted winning time of 21.45 seconds.
Zhane Smith had a strong performance in the women’s triple jump. She won with a mark of 12.32m (40-5.00). That is the 27th-best mark in the country this season and is just one inch shy of Purdue’s all-time top 10.
Full results can be found at the top of the page.
The Boilermakers continue the indoor season next week with a trip to Clemson for the Clemson Invitational.