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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Seven Boilermakers are set to compete at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas, on Friday and Saturday. Purdue has four total entries in the meet, all for the 18th-ranked women's team. The meet begins Friday at 6:15 p.m. ET and concludes Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Boilermakers begin the meet Friday at 7:40 p.m. ET with the women's 400-meter dash.
The women's 400-meter group dominates the team's entries at the meet. Senior Brionna Thomas and sophomore Chloe Abbott qualified individually in the event. Thomas enters the meet as the seventh-fastest quarter-miler in the country, while Abbott is eighth. Friday, Abbott will run in lane 4 of heat 1. Her time is the second-fastest of four in the heat. Thomas is in lane 4 of heat 3 and also has the second-fastest time in her heat. The eight fastest times through the four sections will advance to Saturday's final.
Abbott and Thomas are also among six Boilermakers in Purdue's 4x400-meter relay pool. The Boilermakers have the second-fastest time in the country entering the meet. That time was run by redshirt freshman Samara Miller, senior Jahneya Mitchell, senior Symone Black and Thomas to win the Big Ten Championship two weeks ago. Senior Carmiesha Cox is also in the relay pool. Purdue's team will run in the fast heat - heat 4 - and come out of lane 6. That race is scheduled for Saturday at 7:55 p.m.
Junior Sarah Loesch will compete Saturday in the weight throw. It is her first trip to the NCAA Championships. Loesch is ranked 13th in the country entering the meet and will throw seventh. After three throws, the top nine of the 16 competitors will earn three more throws in finals. That event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
All the action for both days will be available to watch online at ESPN3.com.
Live results are available on the track schedule page. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC. The NCAA will use #NCAATF throughout the meet.