Purdue's Devynne Charlton is top track athlete at Big 10 champs

By May 16, 2018
Devynne Charlton was the Track Athlete of the Big 10 championships but she was disappointed with her time in her favored event. Devynne Charlton was the Track Athlete of the Big 10 championships but she was disappointed with her time in her favored event.

Bahamian sprinter Devynne Charlton enjoyed a successful weekend at the Big 10 Athletics Championships this past weekend.

The Purdue senior defended her 100m and 100-metre hurdles titles, picked up points in the 200 metres and was a member of the gold-medal winning sprint relay team at the Big Ten Athletics Conference Championships, but according to the Big Ten Track Athlete of the championships, it could have been better.

“I think I had a pretty good performance overall. I ran a personal best in the 100m and our 4x100m ran a season best,” she said. “Although I won the 100 hurdles, I wasn’t pleased with my time in the finals. My race wasn’t as technically sound as it was in the prelims,” she told SportsMax.TV on Wednesday.

Her time in the 100m was 11.22 and the relay team stopped the clock at 43.94s but it was her time of 13.07s in the finals of the hurdles that didn’t sit well with her.

“I ran 12.76 in the prelims in what was a pretty easy and relaxed race, 0.06 off my PR, so I expected to go pretty fast in the finals but the wind was swirling a lot, a headwind at times, a crosswind at times so I think that kind of threw me off,” she said.

“I stumbled over a couple of hurdles, clipped a few so I think that threw my technique off and I was unable to run as fast as I wanted.”

Notwithstanding her disappointment, 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.

All three of her wins were repeat victories from last year’s meet. She is the first woman to win back-to-back Big Ten titles in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay since Ohio State’s Christina Manning did so in 2011 and 2012.

She credits her pre-season work for her achievements.

“Between me and my coaches, we have been focusing on the same kind of formula that has been working for me,” she explained. “I think it was mainly that we spent more time working on my technique, a lot of quirks that I had, just improving them to cut down on time. I also got stronger in the weight room. I attribute my progression to those things.”

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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