WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three Boilermakers competed at the IAAF World Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain, over the weekend. Devynne Charlton was the top performer, breaking the Bahamian national record in the 60-meter hurdles en route to a finals appearance.
Charlton, a senior who will join the Purdue team for the outdoor season, opened her meet Friday with the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles. There, she ran a season-best time of 7.95 seconds to win the third heat and advance to the semis. In Saturday’s semifinals, Charlton ran the best time of her life, crossing the line in 7.89 seconds to take second in the heat and automatically advance to the finals. That time is now the national record for the Bahamas.
In Saturday night’s final, Charlton had her best start of the three races, but was slowed after hitting each of the first three hurdles. She went on to finish with a time of 8.18 seconds and earn an eighth-place finish in the world.
Two Boilermaker alums competed in the shot put. Dani (Bunch) Hill, who won the U.S. Championships last month, was in the women’s event. She finished 12th in the world with a throw of 17.26 meters (56-7.50). Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was in the men’s event and competed for Nigeria. He finished 14th overall with a best mark of 19.78 meters (64-10.75).