Purdue Track & Field: Colebrooke, Greene and 4×100 Qualify for NCAA Championships

Friday, May 28, 2021

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior Samson Colebrooke, junior Tamar Greene and the men’s 4×100 relay team qualified for the NCAA Championships and two top-four times in team history were set by the Purdue track & field team on Friday at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.

Colebrooke in the 100-meter, Greene in the triple jump and the 4×100 relay squad finished in the top-12 in their respective events and advance to the national semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12. The 4×100 relay and freshman Marcellus Moore each recorded top-four times in the Purdue record books.

The 4×100 relay team of Colebrooke, senior Malcolm Dotson, sophomore Justin Becker and Moore finished in 39.06 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in Purdue history. The Boilermakers placed fifth overall in the event and qualified for nationals thanks to a third-place finish in the second heat. The foursome topped their Big Ten championship-winning time of 39.30, which was the previous No. 4-ranked time in the school record books.

In the triple jump, Greene was 12th overall thanks to a jump of 15.90 meters. The mark came on his third and final attempt, as he secured the east prelim’s 12th and final NCAA Championships berth in the event. His jump would rank No. 7 in team history if he weren’t’ already fifth. Greene, who won the Big Ten title outdoors and earned first team All-America accolades indoors this season, qualified for his second career NCAA Outdoor Championships, joining a 2019 appearance.

Colebrooke closed the day with an NCAA-qualifying time in the 200. He finished 11th overall in 20.50w, and earned one of three non-automatic-qualifying-times. It would be the fourth-fastest time in school history if it weren’t wind-aided and he wasn’t already second. Colebrooke is making his second trip to the NCAA Championships as a Boilermaker, after he qualified in 2019.

Moore’s first individual event of the day was the 100, where he finished in 10.12, the second-fastest time in team history. He was 15th overall and just 0.022 seconds behind the 12th-place finisher. With his time, Moore becomes the second Boilermaker to ever run the event faster than 10.18 seconds, joining senior teammate Waseem Williams’ record-setting time of 10.04.

Moore joined Colebrooke in the 200, where he was 14th in 20.62w. His time was 0.08 shy of a top-12 finish. Additionally, it would be tied for the sixth-fastest mark in school history if it weren’t wind-aided and he wasn’t already fourth.

Colebrooke also ran in the 100 and finished in 10.21w to place 20th. The time would rank No. 5 in Purdue history if it weren’t wind-aided and he wasn’t already tied for No. 3.

The sprinting duo of Colebrooke and Moore both ran in the 100, 200 and 4×100 on Friday night, with all three races taking place in under a three-hour span.

The day began for Purdue with the discus, where junior Jalil Brewer was 40th with a mark of 47.55m.

In the 3,000 steeplechase, senior Brody Smith suffered an injury and was unable to finish the race.

Today marked the end of Brewer’s and Smith’s Boilermaker careers. The two 2021 Purdue graduates etched their names throughout the record books, as Smith is the school record-holder in the mile and 3,000 steeplechase and Brewer is third in both the indoor and outdoor shot put. Smith raced at his ninth NCAA meet and Brewer, an All-American indoors in 2019, competed at his third.

The four-day NCAA East Prelims concludes with the women on Saturday, May 29. Field events start at 1 p.m. and running events get underway at 5:30 p.m. Fans can follow all the action with live results, a live video stream and the event schedule. Direct links are available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField and on North Florida’s East Prelims headquarters page. Additional updates can be found by following the Boilermakers on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Twenty Boilermakers, 11 women and nine men, qualified in 25 total events. The NCAA East Prelims, along with the West Prelims, feature 48 qualifiers in each individual event and 24 teams in each relay. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12.

On Wednesday, as Colebrooke and Moore each advanced to the quarterfinals in the 100 and 200, Colebrooke’s 100 time was the second-fastest in school history. A complete recap is available at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

On Thursday, sophomore Camille Christopher advanced to the 100-meter quarterfinals and freshman K’Ja Talley advanced to the 400 hurdle quarterfinals, while Christopher, in both the 100 and 200, and sophomore Jessica Bray in the pole vault, recorded marks that rank in the top-five in the Purdue record books. A complete recap is available at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

For more on the Purdue track & field and cross country program, visit PurdueSports.com/TrackField and follow and connect with the Boilermakers on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.


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