Tyson Results / Iowa State Results
AMES, Iowa/FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Friday brought the best performances of the season to date for the Boilermakers as they competed at the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational. Sophomore Jaret Carpenter broke the men’s 5,000-meter school record to highlight strong performances at Iowa State, while sophomore Chloe Abbott ran the second-fastest 400-meter dash in program history at Tyson.
“I’m grateful to the Lord and to my staff for what the kids are doing,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “We have to stay the course and finish strong tomorrow. Then, we can step back and see what we need to adjust in the next week for Big Tens. Right now, it’s coming together very well. When the kids are performing this well at this point in the season before the conference meet, it gives you some comfort. We can’t rest on our laurels, though. We still need to execute tomorrow and again in a couple weeks. There’s a lot of track to go and we need to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. We have a special group and it starting to come true to form.”
Carpenter ran a controlled, patient race. He hid behind the leaders and was among the top eight for the first 3,000 meters, with an average 300-meter split of about 50 seconds. Then, he started to chip away. Carpenter moved from ninth to fifth from the 3k to the 3,200-meter mark. There, he stayed controlled until the final two laps when he picked up his pace. His pace improved to 47.15 seconds for his penultimate lap, before closing his final 300m in 45.23 seconds to finish third overall with a time of 13:49.32. That time broke Matthew McClintock’s school record of 13:53.12, which was set March 1, 2014. Carpenter ranks 14th in the country this year and is No. 2 among underclassmen (freshmen or sophomores).
Abbott was in the second section of the 400-meter dash invitational with two other top-15 sprinters in the country. She dominated. Abbott ran a time of 52.49 seconds, a personal record by 1.01 seconds, and won by 0.55 of a second. Her time ranks second in school history, just 0.06 of a second behind senior Brionna Thomas’ school record, and is fifth in the country this year. Abbott leads the Big Ten.
Abbott wasn’t the only one in the 400m dash to have a great performance. Thomas was in the fourth section of the invitational event and ran a season-best time of 52.56 seconds to finish second, including the top collegian. Her time ranks sixth in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten this year.
In the non-invitational section of the 400m dash at Tyson, the Boilermakers had four section winners. Freshman Samara Miller was the best among them. She ran a PR time of 53.58 seconds, a best by 0.93 of a second, to win the first section. Her time ended up as the fastest overall through the 10 sections. Miller’s time ranks fourth in school history, seventh in the Big Ten and 25th in the country this year. Seniors Symone Black and Jahneya Mitchell were also section winners and finished with the second and third fastest times among collegians, respectively. Black ran a season-best time of 53.72 seconds, which ranks ninth in the Big Ten and 27th in the country, while Mitchell ran a PR time of 53.78 seconds. Her time is the fifth fastest in school history, 11th in the Big Ten and 29th in the country this year. Sophomore Myia Dorsey also won her section and finished with a time of 55.53 seconds.
Back at the Iowa State Classic, junior Jeremy Craven and freshman Curtis Eckstein had career days in the 5k. Craven ran a time of 14:22.02, which is the ninth-fastest time in school history. Eckstein was just behind him, crossing the line in 14:22.10, which is the 10th-fastest time ever run by a Boilermaker.
The throwers had a great day at Iowa State as well. Sophomore Ashmon Lucas uncorked a massive personal record toss in the weight throw of 19.97 meters (65-6.25), a career best by 8 feet, 3.75 inches. That moves him into the top 10 in program history for the first time in his career as he now ranks seventh. He finished second overall in the meet and ranks 13th in the Big Ten this year. Junior Christopher Hunnewell also had a big PR in the event. He threw 18.40m (60-4.50), a personal best by 1 foot, 11 inches.
The women’s throwers were at their best, too. Junior Sarah Loesch finished runner-up in the weight with a best throw of 20.61m (67-7.50). Junior Micaela Hazlewood took third and climbed into the program top 10 in the event for the first time in her career. She threw a PR mark of 19.14m (62-9.50), which ranks eighth in school history and 11th in the Big Ten.
Senior Carmiesha Cox had a season-best day in the 60-meter dash at the Tyson Invite. She was just off her PR after crossing the line with a time of 7.42 seconds. That ranks third in the Big Ten this year. Freshman Waseem Williams tied his PR in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.73 seconds. That is the fifth-fastest time in the Big Ten this year. Senior Justin Veteto ran a pair of sub-8.00 seconds times in the 60-meter hurdles. He finished with a qualifying time of 7.99 seconds, before running 7.97 seconds in the prelims.
The Boilermakers will be busy again at both meets Saturday. At Iowa State, Hazlewood and freshman Molly Leppelmeier will compete in the women’s shot put, while senior Luke Lewis will throw in the men’s event. Junior Susan Hubbard is scheduled to run in the mile. At Tyson, Purdue will be busy with the 200m dashes, 4x400m relays and the men’s high jump.