June 21, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Matthew McClintock won the 10,000-meter US Junior National Championship on Friday at the USATF Championships. McClintock’s title is the third by a Boilermaker in the junior championships since Wednesday.
McClintock, recently off his freshman year, finished the first 5,000 meters with a solid lead after posting a time of 16:04. The Athens, Maine, native turned on the jets from there and finished the second half in 15:10 for an overall time of 31:14.31. That time is more than a minute and a half behind his career best which he ran at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, though it won Friday’s race by over 21 seconds. Daniel Lennon of Syracuse took second place while Brandon Shemonia of Southern Illinois took third with a time of 32:15.99. McClintock and Lennon will represent the United States at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships in August in Medellin, Columbia.
McClintock adds the junior national championship and spot on the U.S. Junior team to an illustrious freshman season. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the year in cross country as well as picking up second team all-conference honors. He earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country championships with his efforts at the regional meet. The freshman then represented the United States at the World Junior Cross Country Championships and took 20th in the world as the fastest competitor not from the powerhouse continent of Africa. McClintock then scored in the 5k and 10k at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA Regionals where he missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships by two spots. He also has top-10 times in program history in nearly every event he has run including some in the top three.
Andre’ Peart competed in the Jamaican championships on Thursday in the 400m hurdles, though he did not advance out of the prelims. Former Boilermaker Kara Patterson was in the javelin at the U.S. Senior Championships on Thursday night and she finished third. It was one of her first competitions since recovering from an injured knee that she courageously competed on in the 2012 London Olympics.
Dani Bunch and Brandon Winters will be the next Boilermakers to compete. Both will be in action on Saturday at the USATF Senior Championships with Bunch in the shot put and Winters in the 110m hurdles. Winters is scheduled to be in the same heat as the world record holder, Aries Merritt.