Charlton named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships
Bahamian Devynne Charlton, a senior at Purdue, has repeated as the Women’s Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships, following an exceptional performance individually and relay wise this past weekend.
Charlton won Big Ten titles in the 100 meters (m) and 100m hurdles, finished seventh in the 200m and anchored the Purdue Boilermakers to the women’s 4x100m relay title. She was the top overall point-scorer at the meet with 24.5 points, helping the Purdue women to a second place finish overall. They finished with 132 points, just two points behind the top team – the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
As for Charlton, she is the first woman in program history to win multiple Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Championships honors, going out on top in what was her final conference championship for Purdue.
She blazed down the straight away in the women’s 100m dash, winning in a personal best time and school record of 11.22 seconds. Brittany Brown, a senior at Iowa, finished second in 11.28 seconds. In the 100m hurdles, Charlton cruised to victory, winning in 13.07 seconds. She ran 12.76 seconds in the preliminaries. In the final, Charlton’s teammate Savannah Roberson, a senior, finished second in 13.29 seconds. In the women’s 200m, Charlton finished seventh in 23.61 seconds, and in the women’s 4x100m relay, she anchored the Purdue Boilermakers to victory in 43.94 seconds.
The athlete of the championships award is voted on by the conference head coaches, and Charlton is certainly most deserving. All three of her wins were repeat victories from last year’s meet, and she is the first woman to win back-to-back Big Ten titles in the 100m, 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay since Ohio State’s Christina Manning in 2011 and 2012.
For her career, Charlton has won 11 Big Ten gold medals, including eight outdoors. She was also the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Championships in 2016 and 2017, the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2017 and the Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2017.
This year, Charlton was the only woman in the conference to win multiple individual titles on the track. She was also the only woman at the meet with three gold medals. Teammates Symone Black and Brionna Thomas were the only two other women at the meet with two gold medals in track events, but both had one individual and one relay. Charlton was one of just two women to score 20 or more points on the track. Teammate Savannah Roberson was the other, finishing with 20.5 points.
For her outdoor career, Charlton has scored 72.25 points at the Big Ten Championships.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Preliminary Rounds are next for the Boilermakers. While official declarations will be announced later this week, Charlton has qualifying times in the 100m, 100m hurdles and with her teammates in the 4x100m relay.”