Concordia grad Symone Black advances to NCAA Championship final

Purdue's Symone Black races to the finish ahead of Wisconsin's Brenna Detra, right, while winning the women's 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays athletics meet, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

EUGENE, Oregon (WANE) – Purdue’s Symone Black will have a chance to win an NCAA championship this Saturday in Eugene, Oregon, as the Concordia High School grad punched her ticked the to 400 meter hurdle finals on Thursday night.

In the semifinals on Thursday Black finished second in her heat, earning her an automatic berth in the finals. She ran a time of 57.15.

The 400 meter hurdle finals are set for 7:57 p.m. on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Black’s fellow Purdue teammate and Wayne High School grad Brionna Thomas did not qualify for the 400 meter dash finals, finishing sixth in her heat on Thursday.

Black and Thomas were also on Purdue’s 4×400 relay team that finished 3rd in its heat – 11th overall – and did not advance to the finals.