SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The track & field teams wrapped up the Meyo Invitational on Saturday with four more program top-10 marks. Devynne Charlton won the women’s 60-meter hurdles with the No. 3 time in the country, while Chloe Abbott had a pair of performances that rank in the top five in program history.
Charlton opened the day with the 60m hurdles semifinals after qualifying with the fastest overall time in the prelims Friday. Saturday, she ran the fastest time in the semis, crossing the line in 8.13 seconds to earn a spot in the finals. There, Charlton was lined up next to Illinois’ Pedrya Seymour, who has the No. 2 time in the country on the year. Charlton got out to a solid start and made her move after the first few hurdles. She put herself out front and didn’t look back, winning by 0.07 of a second with a time of 8.02 seconds. The time was her fastest of the season and is the third-best in the country for the year.
Charlton also competed in the semifinals of the 60m dash. She ran a time of 7.42 seconds, which held as the fastest time in the round. Though she advanced to the finals, she did not compete after already having run three races on the day.
Savannah Carson and Sekayi Bracey were also in the 60m dash semifinals. Carson won her heat with a time of 7.45 seconds, the second fastest overall, while Bracey was second in her heat and seventh overall with a time of 7.55 seconds. Both earned a spot in the finals, though Carson did not compete in the championship race. Bracey did and posted a time of 7.52 seconds to finish third.
The women’s 400m group had a good day on the track. Brionna Thomas was the fastest Boilermaker in the race, finishing third with a time of 53.87 seconds, but it was freshman Abbott who moved up the Purdue lists. Abbott used the homestretch to move from second to first in her heat and crossed the line with a time of 54.23 seconds, the sixth best time of the day. Her time is a PR by 1.13 seconds and is tied for the third best in school history with Aarin Jones. Jones ran the time as a sophomore in 2014. Abbott’s time ranks No. 2 on the school’s freshman list, behind only teammate Symone Black’s 53.47-seconds time at the 2015 Big Ten Championships.
Abbott is currently 41st in the country and fourth among freshmen. She is sixth overall in the Big Ten and the top freshman in the event.
Black was also in the 400m dash and finished eighth overall with a time of 54.41 seconds. That was third in her heat, just behind Thomas.
Abbott and Black joined Carmiesha Cox and Jahneya Mitchell to run the 4x400m relay for the Boilermakers. Abbott led off and handed to Cox. She took the stick with Purdue in second before handing off to Mitchell in the same place. Black brought it home with a time of 3:36.04, which is the second best time in program history, behind only Jones, Cox, Black and Thomas’ Big Ten-record time of 3:32.07 from last year. Saturday’s Purdue team’s time ranks 17th in the country and is the fastest in the Big Ten this season.
Justin Veteto had a PR in the men’s 60m hurdles and broke the 8.00-second barrier for the first time in his career. The junior ran a time of 8.09 seconds to qualify for finals with the sixth-fastest overall time. In the, finals, he had his cleanest race and crossed the line in 7.95 seconds to win his heat and finish second overall. Veteto’s time ranks ninth in school history and is sixth on the Big Ten lists this year.
Luke Lewis also broke a significant barrier for the first time in his indoor career. The junior threw 18.17m (59-7.50) to finish fifth overall in the shot put. It was his first time over 18m (59-0.50) during his indoor career. Lewis opened the day with a throw of 17.98m (59-0.00), which was then his best as a Boilermaker, before improving to his best mark on his second attempt.
Freshman Jaret Carpenter PRed in the men’s mile Saturday. He ran a time of 4:07.09, which was the fourth fastest in his heat and the 12th fastest overall. Carpenter’s time ranks sixth in school history. He is currently 17th in the Big Ten and third among freshmen.
The men’s 4x400m relay team of Kyle Webb, Kinard Rolle, Malcolm Dotson and Shawndail McLaren finished second with a time of 3:09.26 in the final event of the day. The time was Purdue’s best of the year and ranks third in the conference. McLaren and Rolle were also in the 400m dash Saturday. McLaren was Purdue’s top finisher with a time of 47.94 seconds, which was second in his heat. Rolle finished with a time of 48.17 seconds, which was fourth in the same heat.
Christopher Bluish had a PR in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:53.42. He is within 2.23 seconds of the school’s all-time top-10 list. Eric Blackman had a Purdue best in the high jump. He cleared 2.08m (6-9.75), which finished eighth on the day. Blackman is within 1.75 inches of Purdue’s top-10 lists and currently ranks 10th in the conference.
The Boilermakers have another big meet next week with a trip to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational. The team will face several top-10 teams and individuals in events across the board. The meet will be the final major tune-up before the Big Ten Championships which begin Feb. 24.