Symone Black named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Symone Black was tabbed the Big Ten co-Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. Black won the 400-meter hurdles over the weekend at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with the nation’s fastest time this season.

Black, a sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, picks up her first career Big Ten weekly award. She ran the second fastest time of her career Saturday, posting a time of 57.36 seconds. The school record holder’s time was the second-fastest of her career and faster than all but one other individual in program history, excluding her own top mark.

Last season, Black was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year for the indoor season after finishing runner-up in the 400m dash at the Big Ten Championships. Outdoors, she was the conference champion in the 400m hurdles and was a regional qualifier. Black is the first Purdue woman to win Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week since Savannah Carson was honored last April.

The Boilermakers are off this weekend before heading to the Texas Relays next week.

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