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EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Savannah Carson put Purdue on the board on the women’s first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Boilermakers had a near-perfect day as they advanced all five individuals who competed on the track to Saturday finals, as well as Carson’s first team All-America finish.
Carson opened the long jump with a leap of 6.36 meters (20-10.50), which was the best jump through one round. She was unable to improve on her next two attempts, but made finals in ninth place. Carson put herself in position to score with a big jump on her fifth attempt. She leapt a windy (+3.0) 6.43 meters (21-1.25) to move into fifth. That was her best jump of the competition and held on for a sixth-place finish, one centimeter ahead of seventh and eighth places. Carson earned three points for the women and the eighth All-America honor of her career, including her fifth first team accolade.
Carson’s three points put Purdue in a tie for 23rd after a day of competition on the women’s side.
Senior Brionna Thomas became the first woman in school history to qualify for the 400-meter dash final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She won her heat of the event with a time of 51.22 seconds, which was the second fastest of the prelims. Thomas’ time is within 0.09 of a second of her school record. Soon after, sophomore Chloe Abbott became the second woman in school history, and first underclassman, to qualify for the 400-eter dash finals at the outdoor meet. She finished second in her heat with a time of 52.14 seconds to earn a lane in Saturday’s final.
Purdue is one of just two schools (also Oregon) to have a pair of women earn a spot in the 400-meter dash final.
Senior Symone Black earned a spot in the 400-meter hurdles final. She ran a time of 56.71 seconds to finish second in her heat and earn the automatic bid. Black is back in the final for the second year in a row.
With Black’s advancement, Purdue is the only school in the country to have three women qualify for a final in an individual 400-meter race.
Abbott, Black and Thomas weren’t done after their individual qualifications. The three teamed with senior Jahneya Mitchell to compete in the 4x400-meter relay. Abbott led off and gave Purdue a lead. Thomas maintained that lead and gave Purdue a half-second lead over the Florida Gators, who were running second. Black split 52.62 seconds on the third leg to keep the Boilermakers out front, before Mitchell closed in 52.97 seconds to give Purdue a heat-winning time of 3:29.54. The time advances the Boilermakers to Saturday’s final.
Senior Devynne Charlton eked out a spot in Saturday’s 100-meter hurdles final. She ran a time of 12.86 seconds, which was good for third in her heat, and earned an at-large spot in Saturday’s final. Charlton has previously scored in the event twice.
The Boilermakers five berths in track finals are tied for the fourth most by any women’s program at the meet.
The women’s team is set up for a big Saturday finish. Junior Janae’ Moffitt will also compete on the final day of the meet in the high jump, while senior Micaela Hazlewood joins the action in the discus. Prior to that, though, the men will wrap up their meet Friday. Sophomores Ashmon Lucas and Jaret Carpenter are set to compete for Purdue. Lucas has the nation’s top discus throw on the year, while Carpenter is among the national leaders in the 5,000-meters.
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