LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Zhane Smith broke the women’s freshman long jump record while classmate Rahman Minor had a career day in the men’s high jump Friday at the Louisville Invitational. The Boilermakers won 14 events in the one-day competition. Across the country at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Sarah Loesch was runner-up in the hammer throw while Micaela Hazlewood took seventh in the discus.
Smith had four jumps over 6.10 meters (20 feet). Her best leap came on her fifth attempt when she recorded a wind-legal (+1.9) mark of 6.28 meters (20-7.25). That distance is a Purdue freshman record, giving her the indoor and outdoor program rookie bests, and ranks sixth overall. Nationally, she moves up to a tie for 13th in the country and third among freshmen. Smith is now third in the Big Ten, including behind teammate Savannah Carson.
Minor was one of fourth to clear 2.15 meters (7-0.50) in the high jump, including teammate Eric Blackman. Minor then moved the bar to 2.21 meters (7-3.00). It took him three tries, but he cleared the bar to win the competition. His clearance is tied for the fourth-best in school history and is the best since Geoff Davis cleared 2.24 meters (7-4.25) in 2013. Minor now ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA this year, including third among freshmen. He is second in the Big Ten.
Senior Savannah Roberson had a career day at the meet with two wins and a runner-up finish. First, she ran a leg of the winning 4x100-meter relay team that finished with a time of 44.92 seconds. Then, she was in the 100-meter hurdles and turned in her first career time under 13.00 seconds (all conditions). She finished second, behind teammate Devynne Charlton, with a windy (+3.5) time of 12.96 seconds. That moves her into eight in the NCAA this year and second in the Big Ten behind Charlton. Charlton won Friday’s race with a time of 12.83 seconds.
Roberson wrapped up her day with a win in the 100-meter dash. She crossed the line with a windy (+3.4) time of 11.22 seconds, which is her all-conditions best. That time moves her into a tie for 11th in the NCAA this season and the best in the Big Ten. Also in the 100-meter dash, Charlton was runner-up with a time of 11.34 seconds, while Yakira Love took third with a time of 11.46 seconds. Sekayi Bracey took fourth in 11.47 seconds. All four, who were in the same section, now rank in the top 40 in the country.
Senior Justin Veteto had a career day in the 110-meter hurdles. He won the race with an all-conditions best time of 13.67 seconds (+2.9). That moves him into seventh in the NCAA this season and second in the Big Ten.
Sophomore Waseem Williams had a career day in the sprints. He won the 100-meter dash with a very windy (+4.6) time of 10.18 seconds. Later, he ran a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a wind-legal (+2.0) time of 20.62 seconds. Thar ranks fourth in school history and is the fastest wind-legal time since Kenneth Baxter ran 20.61 seconds in 2005. Williams’ 200-meter time ranks 14th in the country this year and third in the Big Ten.
The women’s 400-meter group took the top four spots in Friday’s race. Senior Brionna Thomas was the winner with a time of 52.70 seconds. Senior Jahneya Mitchell was runner-up after finishing with a time of 53.08 seconds, while sophomore Chloe Abbott took third in 53.31 seconds. Senior Symone Black was fourth after crossing the line in 54.48 seconds. Abbott also won the 200-meter dash with a very windy (+5.3) time of 23.12 seconds.
Junior Janae’ Moffitt won the women’s high jump after tying her outdoor personal record. She cleared 1.82 meters (5-11.50) on her second attempt after reaching that bar without a miss. Her clearance puts her in a tie for third in the NCAA this year, including the best in the Big Ten.
At the Triton Invitational, Loesch had a best throw of 59.70 meters (195-10) to take second in the hammer. Hazlewood had three throws over 55 meters (180-5) and finished with a best distance of 55.69 meters (182-8).
The throwers continue action at the Triton Invitational on Saturday. The distance crew resumes action next week at the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Stanford. The rest of the team is off until the Drake Relays, which begin April 26.