WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Savannah Carson was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Wednesday. Carson broke her own school record with the nation’s No. 2 long jump in the country at the Louisville Invitational.
After skipping the LSU Battle on the Bayou a week ago, Carson was back at it over the weekend at Louisville. She needed three jumps just to advance to finals, but that third jump broke her own school record for the first time. That distance was 6.56 meters (21-6.25) with a legal tailwind of 1.4 meters per second. On her fifth attempt, Carson leapt 6.66m (21-10.25) with a legal tailwind of 2.0 meters per second.
Carson is second in the country and just 2.5 inches shy of the national leader, Rougui Sow of South Carolina. Carson leads the Big Ten by one foot, three inches over the next best jumper this season. Her jump was also the second best in the history of the Big Ten, behind only Iowa’s Aisha James who had a mark of 6.78m (22-3) in 2003.
Carson’s honor is the second of her career. The Purdue women have earned four of the 10 weekly conference awards for the outdoor season. Symone Black was the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on March 22. Black and Carson were also honored April 5.
The Boilermakers host their lone home meet of the season this weekend. The hammer throw will take place Friday at 5 p.m. ET, while the rest of the events are Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.