Charlton, Seymour finish second and fourth
Both Devynne Charlton and Pedrya Seymour ended their collegiate careers on a strong note on Saturday, running to All-America finishes in heavy rain at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Charlton was second, and Seymour finished fourth in the final of the women’s 100 meters (m) hurdles. They were the only two Bahamians with individual top eight finishes at the NCAA Championships this past weekend.
In the women’s 100m hurdles on Saturday, Charlton got out to a blazing start. She was the clear leader by the midway point, but a strong second half of the race by world leader Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, a junior at Kentucky, carried her to victory. The sturdy world leader won in 12.70 seconds. Purdue redshirt senior Charlton settled for second in 12.77 seconds, and Florida State sophomore Cortney Jones out-leaned Texas graduate transfer Seymour for the bronze in a finish that had to go down to the thousandth of a second. Both were timed in 13.04 seconds.
Charlton’s second place finish was the best ever by a Purdue woman in that event at the NCAA Championships.
All eight ladies in the final went under 13 seconds in the semis. In fact, a total of 11 ladies ran sub-13 second races in the semis, but adverse weather conditions for the final might have led to a number of subpar performances. Be that as it may, Charlton maintained her form throughout, trailing just Camacho-Quinn to the tape. She barely got into the final, as she qualified seventh overall in 12.86 seconds but she turned it up when she needed to.
Charlton was third in her semi-final heat and had the seventh-fastest time in the semis. Seymour won her semifinal heat in 12.81 seconds but qualified for the final fifth overall.
Charlton ended her collegiate career with nine All-America honors, including seven first-team honors, and she was a part of a senior crew of women for the Purdue Boilermakers that produced 28 points. In total the Purdue women finished eighth in the country with 34 points – the fifth-best in program history, and the point total is more than the Boilermakers have ever scored at the meet.
Charlton has numerous national and Big Ten awards, and set a number of school records during her career including her current records in the 60m and 60m hurdles indoors and the 100m outdoors.
Seymour ended her collegiate career with six All-America honors between Illinois and Texas, numerous conference and national All-Academic honors, and a number of conference athletic awards. She is the Bahamian national record in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 12.64 seconds, ran in the semifinals of the event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Seymour also ran the third leg for the Texas Longhorns in their women’s 4x100m relay, but they failed to advance to the final. The Longhorns finished fourth in their semifinal heat and were 11th overall in 43.70 seconds.
The other Bahamian in action on the track in an individual event at the NCAAs, Brianne Bethel, was 16th overall in both the women’s 100 and 200m, to earn two All-America second team honors.
She was fifth in her heat and 16th overall in the 100m in 11.32 seconds. The Houston sophomore came back in the 200m, and was sixth in her semifinal heat and 16th overall in 23.05 seconds.
On the field on Saturday, Texas A&M sophomore Serena Brown was 13th in the women’s discus with a toss of 50.48m (165’ 7”). She threw 47.75m (156’ 8”) on her first attempt, scratched her second throw and threw 50.48m on her third throw.
In the men’s triple jump on Friday, Nebraska senior Kaiwan Culmer ended his collegiate career with a ninth place finish. He had a best leap of 16.09m (52’ 9-1/2”). That jump came on his third attempt, and it was his only leap in the competition over 16m (52’ 6”). Culmer had other jumps of 15.70m (51’ 6-1/4”), 15.79m (51’ 9-3/4”), 15.61m (51’ 2-3/4”) and 15.63m (51’ 3-1/2”). He scratched his final attempt.
In the men’s javelin last Wednesday, Liberty junior Denzel Pratt finished 17th overall with a distance of 65.19m (213’ 10”). That mark came on his second throw. He had a mark of 60.60m (198’ 10”) on his first throw and 64.20m (210’ 7”) on his third throw.
In the women’s 4x100m, junior Jenae Ambrose was unable to run for the Auburn Tigers because of an injury. The Tigers advanced to the final in 43.11 seconds and went on to finish fifth in the final in 43.76 seconds.
Xavier Coakley, a junior at Auburn, was instrumental in helping their men’s 4x400m relay team qualify for the NCAAs at the east preliminaries, but he didn’t get on the track for the Tigers at the NCAAs. The Tigers, without Coakley, had a dismal race in the semis. They were eighth in their semifinal heat and 23rd overall in 3:15.78.