WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field teams have four individuals compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships last weekend. Three individuals competed for the Bahamas, one for the United States, while a fifth was an alternate for Nigeria, but did not run.
Hope Schmelzle was the first Boilermaker to compete and she represented the Red, White and Blue in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Schmelzle qualified by taking second at the U.S. Junior Championships about a month earlier. The rising-sophomore took 29th with a time of 10:41.38, and was 22 seconds off of qualifying for the finals.
Carmiesha Cox ran for the Bahamas in the 200m dash. Cox, who battled some injuries during the spring season at Purdue, ran a season best time of 24.18 seconds to take third in her heat and 19th overall to advance to the semis. There, later the same night, she ran a 23.92, another season best, and took fifth in her heat and 14th overall. She was a quarter of a second off of qualifying for the finals.
Devynne Charlton also competed on the Bahamas women’s team and ran the 100m hurdles. The rising-sophomore finished eighth overall in the prelim, second in her heat, with a personal best of 13.56 seconds, better than her Purdue best of 13.86 seconds. In the semis, Charlton ran another personal best with a time of 13.36 seconds to take fourth in her heat and ninth overall. Her time was wind-aided with a 3.1 meters per second tailwind. She missed qualifying for finals by one spot and one hundredth of a second.
Kinard Rolle, an incoming freshman, was part of the Bahamas 4x400-meter relay team. Rolle ran the anchor leg for the team that ran a 3:07.03 in the semifinals to take third in their heat and fourth overall. The time is a new national junior record for the Bahamas for Henri Delauze, Rolle, Janeko Cartwright and Steve Gardiner. In the finals, the team ran a 3:08.08 to take sixth overall.
Obokhare Ikpefan was an alternate for the Nigerian 4x400m relay team, but did not run.