Purdue's Symone Black is once again a track All-American, a school record holder and a big Fort Wayne piece to the Boilers' rising program.
The former Concordia standout has one more year to make an even bigger mark.
Black, a junior, placed seventh in the 400 meter hurdles in this past weekend's NCAA outdoor meet in Eugene, Ore. Her time was 57.15 seconds. Arizona's Sage Watson won in 54.52.
She helped the Boilers finish 21st in the meet.
Black was the first Boiler to place nationally in the 400 hurdles since Angela Craft did it in 2001.
Black came in on a roll after winning the Big Ten meet 400 hurdles in a school-record time of 56.01 seconds. She also was part of the Boilers' conference runner-up 1,600 relay team. Purdue went on to win the Big Ten outdoor team title for the first time since 1999 and just the third time in program history.
Along the way Black earned conference track athlete of the week honors by recording the second-fastest time in the country in the 400 hurdles during April's Texas Relays.
She had also won the Big Ten 400 hurdles as a freshman before finishing second last year.
Last season Black was part of a 1,600 relay team that finished ninth in the NCAA outdoor meet and 11th in the indoor meet. The Boilers won that relay in the Big Ten meet. Black also was an honorable mention All-America in the 400 hurdles.
As a freshman she earned All-America honors after helping Purdue finish fourth in the NCAA meet's 1,600 relay. She was Big Ten freshman of the year in the indoor season.
That followed an outstanding high school career that included the 2013 state championship in the 300 hurdles.
Purdue's Devynne Charlton also won All-America honors by playing fifth in the 100 hurdles. She also part of the Boilers' seventh-place 400 relay team that also received All-America recognition.
That was the second time Purdue had done so well in that event. The first time came in 2015, when it finished eighth. One of the runners on that relay team was Brionna Thomas, a former Wayne standout.
Thomas competed in the 400 and the 1,600 relay this season. Another Fort Wayne athlete, ex-Carroll Charger Amy Poynter, ran distance races.
The Fort Wayne connection continues. Northrop's Kyara Muhammad, a state place winner in the long jump, 300 hurdles and 1,600 relay team earlier this month, has signed with the Boilers.
Football gets four commitments
Purdue had a busy week with its first four commitments for the Class of 2018, including Indianapolis Ben Davis defensive back Elijah Ball, a three-star prospect.
Ball is the first in-state commitment for new coach Jeff Brohm, who has made recruiting the state a top priority after former coach Darrell Hazell's disastrous four-year run.
He's the second defensive back to commit, joining Louisville's Kadin Smith, a two-star prospect. As a high school two-way player he totaled nearly 2,000 rushing and receiving yards for Spencer County, while also making 85 tackles.
The Boilers also got quarterback Jack Plummer and linebacker Jaylan Alexander. Both are three-star prospects.
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