WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The track & field teams kicked off the 2017-18 season at the Hoosier Open on Friday. The Boilermakers began the year with seven marks in the top 10 nationally, including the fastest women’s 4x400-meter relay in the country by more than two seconds.
The 4x400m relay wrapped the day’s action. Purdue’s team of Symone Black, Carmiesha Cox, Samara Miller and Jahneya Mitchell made a statement, winning the race by 5.5 seconds over Tennessee with a time of 3:39.37 seconds. The time broke the meet record and ranks eighth in school history. Black also won the 400m dash with a meet record. She posted a time of 55.36 seconds, which ranks fourth in the country. Myia Dorsey was runner-up in the event.
Freshman Rahman Minor provided some of the excitement on the men’s side as he finished runner-up in the high jump after clearing 2.15 meters (7-0.50). His clearance is tied for sixth in the country and tied for seventh in school history. Eric Blackman was also in the competition and tied his indoor personal best with a clearance of 2.11m (6-11.00). That ties his Purdue mark that now ranks 11th in school history.
Waseem Williams got out to a fast start in the 60-meter dash and added his name to the Purdue record books. He ran a time of 6.73 seconds in the prelims, which ties him for fifth in school history. Williams went on to win the 60m dash with a time of 6.76 seconds. He also ran in the 200m dash and finished runner-up.
Micaela Hazlewood opened her season with a PR in the shot put. She threw 15.59m (51-1.75) to finish fourth. Her mark is seven inches better than her previous best and moves her from sixth to a tie for fourth in school history. Currently, that ranks seventh in the country on the young season. Sarah Loesch also had a solid start in the throws, as she opened with a mark of 19.66m (64-6.00) in the weight throw to finish third. Her mark ranks fourth in the country.
Justin Veteto had a good open in the 60m hurdles. He ran a time of 7.97 seconds in the prelims, a time that ranks fifth in the country. He went on to finish fourth in finals.
Full results are in the link at the top of the page.
The Boilermakers now have a month off before they return to action at the home-opening Gene Edmonds Open on Jan. 13.