WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Sophomore Chloe Abbott was tabbed the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week the conference office announced Wednesday. Abbott ran the nation’s fifth-fastest 400-meter dash and was a member of the No. 4 4x400-meter relay team in the country.
Abbott, from Northville, Michigan, was the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the 400-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational, hosted by the University of Aransas. She ran a personal-record time of 52.49 seconds on the 200-meter, banked track, which ranks second in school history. She later ran the anchor leg of the mile relay for the first time in her career and helped the Boilermakers win the race with a time of 3:31.63. That is the second-fastest time by any indoor Big Ten relay team in conference history. Abbott also ran the 200-meter dash and finished 12th with a time of 23.95 seconds.
The award is the first of her career. She is the third Purdue woman to earn a Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week award this season. Senior Symone Black and redshirt freshman Samara Miller have also picked up the honor this season.
Abbott makes significant headlines for the second time this season. The first was after she sang the national anthem prior to the Purdue men’s basketball game against Maryland on Jan. 31. The sellout crowd of 14,804 roared in applause for her performance, which can be seen below.
You’ve heard about it, here it is. @chloeeabbott1 received a standing ovation from the @BoilerBall crowd last night for her rendition of the national anthem. Don’t miss it! #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/gg08o2bhiI
— Purdue Track & Field (@PurdueTrackXC) February 1, 2018
Through her first year and a half at Purdue, Abbott has been able to showcase her athletic and vocal talent. On the track, she finished sixth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 400-meter dash and was a member of the conference-champion relay team to score 5.5 points. She went on to earn second team All-America honors in the relay. Outdoors, she was sixth in the 200, fifth in the 400m and ran with the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second at Big Tens. Her nine points helped the women win the Big Ten outdoor title and was a second team All-American in the mile relay. Off the track, she has sung the national anthem at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships, a Purdue men’s basketball game, a Purdue women’s basketball game, every home track meet of her career, as well as at the Clemson Invitational earlier this year.
She doesn’t want either to stop there.
Abbott is majoring in music and theatre. Off the track, her dream is to one-day use her theatre talents to perform on Broadway, while on the track, she has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics.
Her quest continues next week as the Boilermakers compete at the Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The two-day meet is Feb. 23 and 24.