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Charlton wins Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue senior Devynne Charlton won her second consecutive Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year award on Wednesday, a month after repeating as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships. It was the seventh major conference award of her career.

This season, she won three Big Ten titles and was the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) runner-up in the women’s 100 meters (m) hurdles. Charlton is one of just two women in Big Ten history to win both Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships awards for the outdoor season in back-to-back years. The only other woman to do so was Tonja Buford of Illinois in 1992 and 1993.

Charlton capped her career with a first team All-America honor after her second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, crossing the line in 12.77 seconds in pouring rain. She was the highest finisher on the track of any individual in the conference. At the Big Ten Championships, Charlton defended three titles, winning the women’s 100m, the 100m hurdles and she was a member of the gold-medal winning 4x100m relay team. Charlton led the conference with 24.5 points at the Big Ten meet.

This year, Charlton broke school records in the 100m and 100m hurdles outdoors. Her top time in the 100m was 11.22 seconds, while her top hurdles time was 12.70 seconds. Both were regional qualifying times, though she only entered in the hurdles. At the regionals, she finished with the second-best time to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Charlton is one of the most decorated athletes in Purdue athletics history. The 11-time Big Ten Champion, who led the Boilermakers to an outdoor team title in 2017, wrapped up her career with nine All-American honors, including seven first team nods. She had a pair of runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships with one in the 60m hurdles indoors and the other in this year’s 100m hurdles outdoors. She also had a third-place finish. Charlton earned five All-Big Ten first-team honors and was once on the second team.

In total, this is her third Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year honor, with two outdoors and one indoors. She has four career Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championship honors with two indoors and two outdoors. Charlton also picked up the 2017 Great Lakes Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season and was named Purdue Women’s Athlete of the Year by the school’s athletic department.

The talented Bahamian was tabbed as The Bahamas’ Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year and Collegiate Female Track Athlete of the Year by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) in 2016. She also has five Golden Pete awards, voted by Purdue’s athletic department, for Female Athlete of the Year and Female Performance of the Year.

Charlton will leave Purdue with school records in the 60m and 60m hurdles indoors and the 100m and 100m hurdles outdoors. She is a part of the second fastest women’s 4x100m relay team in school history, listed at number three in the indoor 200m in school history, and number five in the outdoor 200m in school history. Charlton scored 29.25 career points at NCAA Championships and an incredible 146.25 points at Big Ten Championships.

She was the first woman in school history to win the 60m Big Ten title (2017). Charlton also became the first woman to win the conference title in the 60m hurdles (2016) and then defended her title the following year. She was a member of Purdue’s first-ever Big Ten title in the women’s 4x100m relay (2015). The Purdue Boilermakers then won the next three, including two which Charlton was a part of.

Charlton won the conference 100m title in 2015, the first Boilermaker to do so since 1982 – the first year the event was contested at the Big Ten Championships. Charlton finished her collegiate career with three conference titles in the women’s 100m. She is one of just four women in conference history to win three.

Charlton won the 100m hurdles conference title in 2017 before defending it this year, making her the first Boilermaker to defend that title since 1984 and 1985 when Alicia Bass did so. Charlton also won three Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards during her career, including one this outdoor season.

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