April 25, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa - Matthew McClintock set a school record and BreAnna Smith was also a winner on Purdue’s first day at the Drake Relays. The Boilermakers had nine individuals compete on Thursday at the three-day meet.
McClintock was the final Boilermaker to compete on Thursday, but he saved the best for last. The sophomore won the 5,000-meter run with a PR and Purdue school-record time of 14:01.33. His time was an outdoor PR by nearly five seconds and broke the school record by 1.24 seconds. The previous record was held by Donnie Fellows and was set in 2002. Fellows has seen three of his four school records taken down by McClintock. McClintock broke Fellows’ 3k and 5k indoor records prior to breaking the outdoor 5k on Thursday. Fellows still holds the 10k school record, though McClintock is second in program history, just under seven seconds off the record.
Smith was the first Boilermaker to compete and she got things going. The senior won the unseeded 800m run with a time of 2:08.00, just 1.03 seconds off her PR which she ran last week. Megan Plenus made it a 1-2 finish for Purdue as she crossed the line with a lifetime PR time of 2:08.96.
Purdue had a handful of other distance runners compete on Thursday. Caleb Kerr took ninth in the 10k with a time of 30:15.15. It was the first time he ever competed in the 10k during track season. Steven Stoot took 16th in the same race with a time of 30:23.51. It was also Stoot’s first time in the 10k on the track. Harlow Ladd competed in the 5k and took 10th. The redshirt freshman ran a time of 14:46.49.
On the women’s side, Sharise Lund took 14th in the 10k with a time of 36:18.32. It was the first time she competed in a 10k. Dana Payonk and Michelle Potter competed in the 5k. Payonk took 17th with a time of 16:52.82, while Potter finished 21st with a time of 17:12.70. Payonk’s time is a 19-second PR, while Potter missed her PR by less than two seconds.
The Boilermakers continue action at the Drake Relays on Friday.