WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers wrapped up the home slate with a good day at the Fred Wilt Open. The men’s high jump and women’s 600-meter groups were among the highlights on a day that also saw strong performances from the throws.
In the 600-meter run, Samara Miller, Jahneya Mitchell and Kyelah Hodges swept the top three spots. Miller ran a personal-best time of 1:30.37 on the 200-meter flat track, while Mitchell posted a time of 1:30.42. Hodges’ time was 1:32.06. All three times will get conversions, but the raw times rank second, fourth and ninth in school history, respectively. Miller and Mitchell’s raw times are among the top four in the conference, while Hodges’ is in the top 10. Miller’s converted time for track size is 1:29.28, while Mitchell’s is 1:29.33. Those are the two best times in the Big Ten this year. Hodges’ time converts to 1:30.95, which is fifth in the conference. Miller and Mitchell’s times are better than Purdue’s raw (no conversions) school record, which is 1:30.24 by Rachel Stalzer from 2010.
Freshman Rahman Minor was back to form in the high jump and recorded a personal record. He won the event after clearing 2.18 meters (7-1.75). That moves him up to a tie for 13th on the national list and to sixth in school history. Eric Blackman was one bar behind Minor and cleared 2.13 meters (6-11.75) to finish runner-up. His best clearance this season is 2.17 meters (7-1.00).
Yakira Love had her best day as a Boilermaker in the 60-meter dash. She ran a time of 7.53 seconds in the finals to finish runner-up. Her time moves her up to a tie for eighth in school history and a tie for eighth in the Big Ten this year.
Chloe Abbott and Carmiesha Cox went 1-2 in the in 200-meter dash. Abbott ran a time of 24.05 seconds to win, while Cox was just behind her in 24.11 seconds. The Boilermakers took the top four spots in the women’s 400-meter dash. Brionna Thomas won with a time of 54.16, while Abbott was runner-up in 54.41 seconds. Symone Black took third in 55.36, while Myia Dorsey was fourth in 56.31 seconds.
In the women’s shot put, alum Dani (Bunch) Hill was the winner. She threw a mark of 18.03 meters (59-1.75). Current Boilermakers Micaela Hazlewood and Molly Leppelmeier were the top two collegians. Hazlewood finished with a best throw of 15.86m (52-0.50), while Leppelmeier’s best throw was 15.22m (49-11.25). Leppelmeier was also second among collegians in the weight throw. She threw a personal best of 17.54m (57-6.50). Sarah Loesch was the winner in the event after coming close to her own PR. She had a winning mark of 20.80m (68-3.00).
Rebecca Coan had a personal best day Friday in the pentathlon. She finished runner-up with 3,644 points. Her performance was highlighted by a strong performance in the high jump where she cleared 1.66m (5-5.25). Her top scoring event for the day was the 60-meter hurdles where she ran a time of 9.26 seconds to earn 856 points for the event.
Purdue alum Chukwuebuka Enekwechi had a great day in the shot put. He left Lambert Fieldhouse with the facility record and the No. 2 throw in the world this year after recording a distance of 20.89m (68-6.50).
On the track, the Boilermakers were winners in the men’s 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Jordan Hollis took the 200m race with a time of 22.27 seconds, while Shawndail McLaren was first in the 400m with a time of 48.69 seconds. Purdue also won the mile with a solid performance from Cole Hester. He crossed the line in 4:11.87. Justin Veteto was a winner in the 60-meter hurdles. His best time of the day was 7.99 seconds in the prelims, before turning in a time of 8.05 seconds in the finals.
Freshman triple jumper Tamar Greene had his best day as a Boilermaker. He was the top collegiate finisher, finishing second overall behind only alum Anaquan Peterson, with a mark of 15.21 meters (49-11.00). His mark ranks fifth in the Big Ten this year.
The Boilermakers are back in action next week with a trip to Kentucky for the Rod McCravy Invitational.