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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Postseason action begins Friday as the Boilermakers head to the Big Ten Championships. The two-day meet, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, features four ranked teams on both the men’s and women’s sides, including the No. 16 Purdue women.
The Big Ten Championships will be streamed in full for both days of the meet on BTN+ and FloTrack (PPV). The Big Ten Network will air a 60-minute highlight show Monday.
The women’s senior class enters the meet competing for a conference title, which would be the program’s first indoors title since 2001. The group, led by Symone Black, Carmiesha Cox, Savannah Roberson and Brionna Thomas, has helped the women earn top-three finishes at the meet each of the last three years, including runner-ups in the last two. Last year, the Boilermakers scored 94 points, but were 2.5 points short of catching champion Penn State. In 2016, Purdue scored 102 points, but was seven points shy of the title.
Now, the women enter as the second-highest ranked team in the conference behind No. 10 Minnesota. The Boilermakers return just 36 of last year’s 94 points to the meet, but look to make up the difference with a revamped lineup. Cox, though a veteran, looks to take advantage of her final conference meet. The fifth-year senior, who only has indoor eligibility remaining, missed the championship day of the meet last year with an injury. Now, she’s back and among the Big Ten leaders in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, while also running a leg of the conference-leading 4x400-meter relay.
Transfers Kyelah Hodges and Yakira Love also look to bolster the lineup. Hodges is among the best in the Big Ten in the 600-meter run this season, while Love is among those in position to make finals in the 60- and 200-meter dashes. A talented group of freshmen will also compete for the Boilermakers. Samara Miller is the top 600-meter runner in the conference this season and is also in scoring position in the 400m. Zhane Smith is among the conference’s best long and triple jumpers, while Molly Leppelmeier is among the top rookies in the shot put and weight throw.
On the men’s side, Gerald McGee returns as a medalist from last year’s meet where he took third in the long jump. Eleven Boilermakers have scored at the Big Ten Indoor Championships during their careers. High jumpers Eric Blackman and Rahman Minor are among the best in the conference. Blackman was seventh at the meet last year before he advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Live results are available at LightningTiming.com. Fans can also follow up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC.