SAN ANTONIO – The Boilermakers won 14 more events Saturday on the final day of the UTSA Invitational. The women won the meet with 170.5 points, while the men were runner-up with 168 points.
Eric Blackman had a career day in the high jump. After having an indoor best of 2.11 meters (6-11.00), Blackman opened his season on a high note. First, he cleared 2.14m (7-0.25) on his third attempt to give him his Purdue best. Then, he cleared his all-time best of 2.18m (7-1.75), again on his third attempt. The mark is currently the best in the country and ranks ninth in school history. Janae’ Moffitt was in the women’s high jump and was a winner.
Anaquan Peterson was a winner in the triple jump with the No. 1 mark in the country. He bounded 15.82m (51-10.75), which was a stadium and meet record.
Savannah Roberson won the 100m hurdles with a personal record time of 13.57 seconds. Her mark ranks eighth in school history. Shantyra Delaney was second in the event. She finished with a time of 13.63 seconds. Justin Veteto was a winner in the 110m hurdles. He opened his season with a time of 14.26 seconds.
Chloe Abbott had a great start to her outdoor career. She opened with the 400m dash, where she won with a time of 53.64 seconds. That time ranks sixth in school history. Then, she competed in the 200m dash. She finished third with a time of 23.86 seconds. That time is tied for seventh in school history. Jahneya Mitchell was runner-up in the 400m dash. She opened her outdoor career at Purdue with a time of 54.38 seconds. Sekayi Bracey was fourth in the 200m dash and second for Purdue. She finished with a time of 23.98 seconds. That time ranks ninth in school history. With the addition of Abbott and Bracey to the 200m top-10 list, the Boilermakers have seven of the 10 fastest 200m dashers in program history on the current roster.
Bracey also had her best day as a Boilermaker in the long jump. She opened her outdoor career with a runner-up finish with a leap of 5.82m (19-1.25).
Symone Black had a strong open in the 400m hurdles. She opened her season with a time of 57.71 seconds, which is currently the top time in the country. Obokhare Ikpefan was a winner in the men’s 400m hurdles. He ran a time of 51.58 seconds, which is currently third in the NCAA.
Kinard Rolle won the men’s 200m dash. He posted a time of 21.39 seconds. Gerald McGee was fifth in the event with a time of 21.75 seconds. McGee’s big day started with the long jump. He leapt a career-best 7.57m (24-10.00), which ranks seventh in school history, to win. His mark is currently the third best in the NCAA this season.
Micaela Hazlewood was runner-up in the women’s discus. She had a solid open with a best mark of 52.82m (173-4). She was one centimeter behind the winner.
The women’s 4x400m relay team was victorious. The team of Black, Mitchell, Abbott and Samara Miller ran a time of 3:40.48 to win by a second and a half. The men’s 4x400m relay team also won. The team of Shawndail McLaren, Rolle, Justin Veteto and Ikpefan ran a time of 3:13.44 two win by two and a half seconds.
The Boilermakers have a week off after training at UTSA for five days. The team will next be in action at the Texas Relays beginning Wednesday, March 29.