CLEMSON, S.C. – The women’s 4x400-meter relay highlighted an exciting day at the Clemson Invitational for the Boilermakers on Saturday. Purdue posted two of the nation’s top-10 times in the country in the race, as the ‘A’ team ran the No. 3 time in the country, before the ‘B’ team posted the No. 9 time in division one.
The first relay team comprised Symone Black, Carmiesha Cox, Chloe Abbott and Brionna Thomas. Abbott and Thomas had the top two splits for the Boilermakers with Abbott turning in a time of 53.11 seconds, before Thomas brought the stick across the line with a split of 52.27 seconds for a team time of 3:33.38. That time ranks third in the country and is behind only Florida and Kentucky, who posted the top two times in the country in the same heat.
In the second heat of the women’s 4x4, the Boilermakers trotted out Kyelah Hodges, Samara Miller, Jahneya Mitchell and Myia Dorsey. Miller and Mitchell had the top splits for the Boilermakers, turning in times of 53.83 and 52.78, respectively, before the team finished with a time of 3:38.35. That won the heat and was the fourth-fastest time at the meet. It ranks ninth nationally and eighth in school history.
Purdue is the only team in the country with two completely separate 4x400-meter relay teams in the top 10 nationally. The Boilermakers have a third team ranked 12th in the country. That team is made up of half the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, with Black, Cox, Miller and Mitchell. They ran 3:39.37 at the Hoosier Opener in December.
Abbott had a good day in the 200-meter dash as well. She ran an indoor-best time of 23.79 seconds. That was fifth overall at the meet, ranks fourth in school history and is tied for 20th in the country this year. Miller, Mitchell and Hodges were all busy in the 600-meter dash. Miller was the top Boilermaker, taking fourth overall and third among collegians as she finished with a time of 1:31.77. That moves her into ninth in school history. Mitchell was just behind her, take sixth overall with a time of 1:32.68, while Hodges was seventh after crossing the line in 1:33.53.
Jaret Carpenter highlighted a strong day for the distance group. The sophomore was second overall in the 3,000-meter run with the No. 2 time in school history, finishing with a time of 8:06.11. His time is currently sixth in the country. Jeremy Craven was fifth in the same race after he finished with a time of 8:15.56. That mark is just 0.43 of a second outside Purdue’s all-time top-10 list. Curt Eckstein, Levi Taylor, Jake Hanawalt and Theo Burgwald were also solid in the race. Eckstein took seventh in 8:17.27, while Taylor was eighth in 8:18.14. Hanawalt won his heat and was 11th overall in 8:34.47, while Burgwald was 12th overall in 8:34.49.
In the women’s 3k, Gabrielle Broschard was the top Purdue finisher. She took fifth overall with a time of 9:50.66, while teammate Grace Lachmund was sixth in 9:53.30. Jenna Halderman followed them across the line, taking seventh in 10:01.13.
The throwers had a good meet as well. Junior Sarah Loesch highlighted the group with a throw of 20.88 meters (68-6.00), which is her personal best and ranks fourth in school history, to win the event. Teammate Micaela Hazlewood was runner-up after posting a PR of her own. She threw 18.57 meters (60-11.00), which is just over three inches shy of the school’s top-10 list. Freshman Molly Leppelmeier was just off her PR and finished ninth with a throw of 17.02 meters (55-10.00).
The Boilermakers are back home at Lambert Fieldhouse next weekend for the Fred Wilt Open. The two-day meet begins Friday. Admission is free to all home Purdue track & field events.