EUGENE, Ore. – Savannah Carson put the 14th ranked women’s track & field team on the board Thursday at the NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers also advanced to Saturday finals in three other events.
“We’re doing what we were supposed to do,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “To have Devynne get back in the hurdles is good and what we expected. The same goes with the 4x1 and Symone (Black) in the 400 hurdles. We hoped to get back in the 4x4 and I thought we would, but it is what it is. Now, we need to capitalize in the events we got back. Savannah (Carson) scoring was great. As a team, we’re still on track to do what I thought we were capable of.”
Carson needed a big jump on her third attempt in the women’s long jump just to make finals. After fouling her first two attempts, Carson needed at least 6.33 meters (20-9.25) to have a chance at making finals. She stepped up and leapt 6.35m (20-10.00) to move up to seventh place and grab a spot in the final. There, she took advantage of strong tailwind (+3.3) to jump her best distance of the day – 6.44m (21-1.50). That moved her into fourth. Carson slid to fifth going into the final round, before being passed twice again to seventh where she would finish. She earned two points for her efforts and is in line for first team All-America honors. It is her second first team honor of the year after placing fifth in the event indoors.
Carson was also the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that opened the day. Devynne Charlton led things off, before giving way to Carmiesha Cox. Cox handed to Roberson, before she gave the stick to Carson. The Boilermakers finished third in the heat with a time of 43.85 seconds, though a yellow flag was raised at the first exchange. That flag would be important, as after the three heats, the Boilermakers sat ninth, one spot out of qualifying. After all was said and done, three teams were disqualified, including two from Purdue’s heat. The disqualifications gave Purdue the second fastest time in the heat and an automatic berth in the NCAA finals. The ladies will come out of lane 2 in Saturday’s final.
Charlton was in the 100m hurdles semifinals an hour after the 4x1. The junior took third in her heat with a time of 13.06 seconds to earn the fastest non-automatic qualifying bid into the finals. She will come out of lane 8 in Saturday’s final.
Symone Black was the final Boilermaker of the day to earn a spot in a final. The junior was in the first heat of the 400m hurdles and stayed with the front pack the entire race. She came across the finish line second with a time of 57.15 seconds to earn an automatic bid. Black will come out of lane 2 in the final.
The Boilermakers also competed in the 4x400m relay and the 400m dash. The relay team of Black, Cox, Chloe Abbott and Brionna Thomas finished third in their heat with a time of 3:33.87. That time was 0.46 of a second off qualifying for finals and finished 11th in the country. The relay team is in line for second team All-America honors.
Thomas was in the 400m dash. She ran a time of 53.72 to finish 18th. She is in line for Honorable Mention honors.
The women have two points after the opening day of their meet. That is currently tied for 30th.
Eric Blackman wraps up the men’s season Friday with the high jump. He is scheduled to compete at 8 p.m. ET.
8 p.m. – High Jump Finals – Blackman – ESPN3 (online)
6 p.m. – High Jump Finals – Moffitt – ESPN3 (online)
6:05 p.m. – Discus Throw Finals – Hazlewood – ESPN3 (online)
6:32 p.m. – 4x100m Relay Finals – Charlton, Cox, Roberson, Carson - ESPN
7:12 p.m. – 100m Hurdles Finals – Charlton - ESPN
7:57 p.m. – 400m Hurdles Finals – Black - ESPN