WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers kick off the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Purdue has 12 entries in the meet, with eight on the No. 13 women’s side and four for the 38th-ranked men. The men compete Wednesday and Friday, while the women compete Thursday and Saturday with live television coverage all four days on the ESPN family of networks.
Wednesday’s action will be live on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The men’s 4×100-meter relay team gets things started for the Boilermakers Wednesday at 7:32 p.m. The team of senior Gerald McGee, junior Malcolm Dotson, junior Shawndail McLaren and sophomore Waseem Williams earned a spot in the meet after placing 11th at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The top two teams in each heat, plus the next two fastest teams will earn a spot in Friday’s finals. Williams also competes Wednesday in the 100-meter dash. At his first NCAA Championships, the sophomore will toe the line at 8:46 p.m.
Women’s action begins Thursday, with live television coverage on ESPN2, for the senior-led group that put Purdue on the map when they were just freshmen. Senior Devynne Charlton is the first Boilermaker to compete as she’ll set up her blocks at 8:02 p.m. for the 100-meter hurdles. It is the third time the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships and eight-time All-American, including six-time first teamer, has qualified in the event. She had a fifth place finish last year after a seventh-place finish in 2015.
Seniors Brionna Thomas, Symone Black, Savannah Carson and Jahneya Mitchell also compete Thursday. Thomas, an 11-time All-American and the Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year, will compete in the 400-meter dash semifinals and the 4×400-meter relay semifinals. Black, an eight-time All-American, competes in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×400-meter relay semifinals. She finished seventh in the hurdles a year ago. Carson has seven All-America honors to her name. She will compete in the long jump and looks to improve upon the seventh-place finish she recorded a year ago. Mitchell, a two-time All-American after transferring to Purdue last January as a junior, will run a leg of the 4×400-meter relay.
Micaela Hazlewood is another senior who will compete for the Boilermakers. The three-time All-American will compete at the NCAA Championships in the discus Saturday.
Purdue’s full schedule and viewing information is below. All times are eastern.
7:32 p.m. – Men’s 4×100-meter relay semifinals (McGee, Dotson, McLaren, Williams) – ESPNU
8:46 p.m. – Men’s 100-meter dash semifinals (Williams) – ESPNU
8:02 p.m. – Women’s 100-meter hurdles semifinals (Charlton) – ESPN2
8:30 p.m. – Women’s 400-meter dash semifinals (Thomas, Chloe Abbott) – ESPN2
8:30 p.m. – Women’s long jump finals (Carson) – ESPN3
9 p.m. – Women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals (Black) – ESPN2
10:18 p.m. – Women’s 4×400-meter relay semifinals (Abbott, Thomas, Black, Mitchell, Samara Miller) – ESPN2
8:05 p.m. – Men’s discus finals (Ashmon Lucas) – ESPN3
8:32 p.m. – Men’s 4×100-meter relay finals* (McGee, Dotson, McLaren, Williams) – ESPN
9:22 p.m. – Men’s 100-meter dash finals* (Williams) – ESPN
10:25 p.m. – Men’s 5,000-meter run finals (Jaret Carpenter) – ESPN
6 p.m. – Women’s high jump finals (Janae’ Moffitt) – ESPN3
6:05 p.m. – Women’s discus finals (Hazlewood) – ESPN3
7:12 p.m. – Women’s 100-meter hurdles finals* (Charlton) – ESPN
7:32 p.m. – Women’s 400-meter dash finals* (Abbott, Thomas) – ESPN
7:57 p.m. – Women’s 400-meter hurdles finals* (Black) – ESPN
8:51 p.m. – Women’s 4×400-meter relay finals* (Abbott, Thomas, Black, Mitchell, Samara Miller) – ESPN
*must qualify for finals