Schedule of Events / Performance List
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Twenty men and 21 women are set to kick off the 2017-18 track & field season Friday at Indiana University. The Boilermakers will compete in the Hoosier Open at Gladstein Fieldhouse with the meet beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET.
The Boilermaker women are back in action as a full team for the first time since winning the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field championship. They will be headlined by a talented group of seniors that includes Symone Black, Carmiesha Cox, Jahneya Mitchell, Savannah Roberson and Brionna Thomas. Those five have racked up 28 All-America honors during their Purdue careers, including at least one first team honor for four of the five.
The meet will also be the debut for seven of Purdue’s talented newcomers on the women’s side. Among them is freshman thrower Molly Leppelmeier who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio last season after winning the shot put and discus state championships. She is scheduled to compete in the shot put and weight throw Friday. Junior transfers Kyelah Hodges and Yakira Love will compete for Purdue for the first time. Hodges was the NJCAA silver medalist at the national championships at 600 meters last season, while Love was the MEAC runner-up in the 200m dash last year indoors. Samara Miller will make her indoor debut after redshirting the season last year. Outdoors, she was a Big Ten Championships finalist in the 400m dash.
On the men’s side, a pair of NCAA Championships qualifiers from last outdoor season will lead the way. Eric Blackman is coming off a second team All-America season in the high jump, while Justin Veteto earned Honorable Mention honors in the 110-meter hurdles. Blackman will look to pick up where he left off outdoors, as he was consistently clearing seven feet. Veteto will run in the 60-meter hurdles, where he was the conference bronze medalist last season.
Four talented newcomers will make their first appearance in the Old Gold and Black. Freshman sprinter Jordan Hollis, who anchored a runner-up finish for his high school at the Texas Relays last spring, will begin his Purdue career in the 300-meter dash. Freshman Rahman Minor, who attended Indianapolis’ Pike High School, will compete in his first college high jump event after winning the New Balance National Indoor Championship in the event last year.
Updated results will be posted throughout the meet on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC. A full recap and results will follow on PurdueSports.com.