EUGENE, Ore. – The Purdue women picked up nine First Team All-America trophies on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Boilermakers had All-Americans in three events that they had never done so before at an NCAA Championship and broke a school and national record.
“I am grateful for how far these young people have come,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “We were on a huge stage and these kids competed, and that speaks well to our institution and the work we have put in. These young men and women competed all year long and the beautiful thing is that we bring everyone back. We just need everyone to spin up now next season and we have big things ahead.”
The women’s 4×100-meter relay was first track event of the day for the women. The team of Savannah Carson, Carmiesha Cox, Devynne Charlton and Brionna Thomas was the first in Purdue history to make an NCAA final in the event. Carson opened the race with a strong leg before handing to Cox. The sophomore kept the Boilermakers in the hunt and handed to classmate Charlton. Charlton handed it to Thomas, who brought the Boilermakers home for a sixth-place finish and three points. The team crossed the line in 44.55 seconds to earn First Team All-America honors.
Charlton was next for Purdue in the 100m hurdles. She was the first Boilermaker to make the finals since 1982 when women competed in the Associate for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. In the finals, she came out of lane eight where she ran a wind-legal time of 13.00 seconds to break the school and Bahamian national record. Her time also qualified for this summer’s World Championships and earned her a seventh-place finish in the race.
The women’s 4x400m relay wrapped up the meet with the team of Symone Black, Cox, Aarin Jones and Thomas. Black was great out of the blocks, making the first exchange at nearly the same time as first-place Florida. Cox was next and kept the Boilermakers ahead of the secondary pack and in second place. Jones also ran one of her best legs at Purdue and handed the stick to Thomas in third place. Thomas went back and forth with Florida State before crossing the finish line in fourth place to earn five points. The women finished with a time of 3:31.98, the second-best time in school history behind their own school record from regionals. It was the first time the Purdue women earned First Team All-America honors in the 4x400m relay.
Micaela Hazlewood also competed Saturday and finished 22nd in the discus. She threw a mark of 48.56m (159-4) to earn Honorable Mention honors.
The women wrapped up the meet with 10 points to tie for 20th place overall. All 10 points, from the 4x100m relay, 100m hurdles and 4x400m relay, return next season, as the group comprises three sophomores, two freshmen and a junior. Charlton, Cox and Thomas each earned two First Team All-America awards on Saturday, while Black, Carson and Jones each earned one.
The Boilermakers traveled 11 student-athletes to the meet and are coming home with 11 First Team All-America trophies, as well as a pair of Honorable Mention honors. The meet wraps up the season for Purdue, though a few of the athletes will continue through the summer at the World Championships.