The Boilermakers advanced several men and women to Saturday's finals.
Kyle Orender is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach. A former team captain, Orender completed his Purdue track and cross country careers in the spring of 2005.
2005 was one of Orender's best all-around seasons. The Plainfield, Ind., native, scored at both Big Ten championships, placing sixth in the 3,000 (8:13.24) indoors and sixth in the 10K outdoors (30:34.24), en route to qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships. Orender was the team's most consistent distance runner, claiming the squad's top season times in the indoor and outdoor mile, 3K, 5K and 10K.
2004 (Outdoor): Competed in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships ... finished 16th in the 10,000 at the conference championships with a season-best time of 30:41.32, and was 21st in the 5K ... earned first-place finishes in the 1,500 and the 10,000 at the Purdue Invitational ... placed third in the 1,500 and fourth in the 800 against Indiana ... finished fourth in the 1,500 at the Ohio State Relays ... recorded a season-best time of 14:30.83 in the 5,000 to finish fifth at the Sea Ray Relays ... (Indoor) Opened the season at Purdue Invitational with second-place finish in the 800 ... clocked season-best time in 800 (1:58.29) at Ohio State Triangular, finishing fifth ... finished first in the mile run at Purdue Invitational and against Indiana State ... ran season-best in the mile vs. the Sycamores with a time of 4:18.60 ... also received first-place in 3,000 at Indiana State ... season-best in 3,000 was clocked at Husker Invitational with a time of 8:17.90.
2003 (Outdoor): One of six track & field student-athletes to receive the team's Captains Award ... received the award alongside Krissy Liphardt, Jan Eichenauer, Tiffany Britten, Prentice Stovall and Hence "Pooh" Williams ... recorded the team's fastest times of the season in several events, including the 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 ... finished 12th at the Big Ten Championships in the 10,000, coming in at 32:33.04 ... also ran the 5,000 at the conference meet and placed 16th with a time of 15:09.16 ... 1,500 champion at the Boilermaker Invitational, crossing the line at 3:54.17 ... opened the outdoor season with a ninth-place showing in the 10,000 (29:53.18) at the Stanford Invitational ... placed third in the 5,000 at the Mt. SAC Relays, timing in at 14:27.90 ... (Indoor) Claimed the team's fastest times of the season in three events: 3,000, 5,000 and mile ... won the mile run with a time of 4:11.99 at the Indiana State dual ... placed first in the 3,000 against Indiana and Ohio State with a mark of 8:25.52 ... finished fourth in the 3,000 at the Purdue and N.Y. Armory Invitationals ... competed in the 5,000 at the Big Ten Championships and clocked a 17th place time of 15:05.98.
2002 (Outdoor): Scored points for the Boilermakers in the 1,500 and 5,000 at the Big Ten Championships, finishing sixth in both events ... clocked season-best 5,000 time (14:34.20) at the Big Ten meet ... best 1,500 race of season (3:49.90) came in a second-place finish at the Miami Invitational, ranking him first on the team ... ran every distance from 800 to 10,000 ... won both of the 10K races he entered: the Purdue Invitational and Boilermaker Open ... recorded season-best 10K time (30:50.15) at the Boilermaker Open ... also ran two 800 races ... best time was 1:52.47 at Miami (Ohio) Invitational ... (Indoor) Ran the 3,000 at Big Ten's, clocking a season-best 8:41.75 ... also ran the 3,000 and 5,000 ... clocked season-best time in 5,000 (15:06.79) at Ohio State Invitational.
2001: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at Plainfield High School ... three-time cross country MVP ... earned All-State honors as a senior, finishing 10th at the state meet ... all-conference, county, section and region as a sophomore and junior ... named Class 3A/4A Runner of the Year ... county and conference 800m champion ... won country, conference and sectional titles in the 1,600m, 3,200 and 4x800 relay ... owns school records in the 800 (1:57) 3,200 (9:28) and 5,000 (15:17) ... coaches were Wes Wooden and Dave Teany.
Personal: Given name Kyle Robert Orender ... born June 16, 1981 ... parents are Bernard and Trenace Orender ... father is a graduate of U.S. Naval Academy ... has an older brother, Brenton ... majoring in computer science.