EUGENE, Ore. (Purdue Sports) – The Purdue track and field teams opened the NCAA Championships on Wednesday and competed in three events. BreAnna Smith ran in the women’s 800m, Raheem Mostert competed in the 100m dash and the men’s 4x100m relay team all competed in the semifinals.
The men’s 4x100m relay team of Tyler Askew, Andrew Kendrick, Eric Harris II and Mostert opened the day for Purdue and were in the second heat. The Purdue school record holders ran in the fastest of three heats, and took fifth in the heat with a time of 39.49 seconds.
Despite taking fifth in the heat, the men’s relay team ended up ninth overall, just one spot away from qualifying for the finals. Iowa, the Big Ten champions in the event, took the final non-automatic qualifying spot in the finals, as the Hawkeyes ran a 39.19 to take fourth in the same heat. The men’s team finishes with Second Team All-America honors.
Next on the track for the Boilermakers was Smith. She too was stuck in the fastest heat. Smith ran a time of 2:05.83 to take sixth in the first heat, behind the top two overall times from the semifinals, a 2:02.60 and 2:02.68. Just like the men’s 4x100m relay, both at-large qualifiers came from the same heat as the Boilermaker runner.
Smith ended finishing 15th, which secured her Second Team All-America honors, the first of her career. Smith will also compete in the women’s 4x400m relay on Thursday night.
Mostert rounded out the day with the men’s 100m dash. He, too, was in the fastest heat of the race, as the top three overall times came from the heat. Mostert took fifth in the heat with a time of 10.22 seconds, his second-fastest all-conditions time of the season. The top time in his heat was 9.92 seconds by Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell.
There were also 10.10 and 10.12 seconds times in the heat. Mostert was 0.09 of a second off qualifying for finals, but did finish 13th overall to secure his second Second Team All-America honor of the day. Mostert has one more event to compete in, as he will run in the 200m dash semifinals on Thursday at 4 p.m. PT.
The Boilermakers are scheduled to compete in four events on Thursday. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will compete in the trials and potentially finals of the men’s hammer throw, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.
After Mostert runs in the 200m, Jake Waterman is scheduled to run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:35 PT. The women’s 4x400m relay team rounds out the day’s action for Purdue at 6:40 PT.