WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior Devynne Charlton repeated as the women’s Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships, the conference office announced Tuesday. The award is voted on by the conference head coaches. Charlton won Big Ten titles in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay, while also scoring in the 200-meter dash.
Charlton was the top overall point-scorer at the meet with 24.5 points. For her career, she has won 11 Big Ten gold medals, including eight outdoors. It’s the second year in a row Charlton earned the Track Athlete of the Championships award for the outdoor season. During her career, she has also been named the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Championships in 2016 and 2017, the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2017 and the Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2017.
Charlton is the first woman in program history to win multiple Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Championship honors.
Including preliminary races, Charlton won five times. In the 100-meter dash finals, she broke the school record with a time of 11.22 seconds to win by 0.06 of a second. In the 100-meter hurdles finals, she cruised to a time of 13.07 seconds to win by 0.22 of a second. In the 4x100-meter relay, she ran the anchor leg for the team that won with a time of 43.94 seconds. Charlton was also seventh in the 200-meter dash finals, her seventh race of the meet, with a time of 23.61 seconds. She also posted a 100-meter hurdles time of 12.76 seconds in the prelims.
All three of Charlton’s wins were repeat victories from last year’s meet. She is the first woman to win back-to-back Big Ten titles in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay since Ohio State’s Christina Manning did so in 2011 and 2012.
This year, Charlton was the only woman in the conference to win multiple individual titles on the track. She was also the only woman at the meet with three gold medals. Teammates Symone Black and Brionna Thomas were the only two other women at the meet with two gold medals in track events, but both had one individual and one relay. Charlton was one of just two women to score 20 or more points on the track, while teammate Savannah Roberson was the only other one to do so. Roberson finished with 20.5 points.
For her outdoor career, Charlton scored 72.25 points at Big Ten Championships.
The NCAA East Preliminary Rounds are next for the Boilermakers. While official declarations will be announced later this week, Charlton has qualifying times in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay.