Purdue improved its Academic All-Big Ten total by 18 student-athletes from merely a year ago.
Thirty-two members of Purdue track & field recognized for 3.0+ GPAs.
Matthew McClintock and Johnnie Guy paced the men's squad to a seventh place finish.
The Boilermakers compete in the Great Lakes Regionals on Friday.
The Purdue men ran nine fresh faces at the conference meet and posted their third best score this century.
2011:Began the season with a 15:43 at the Illinois Invitation on Sept. 2; at the IPFW Invitational finished with the best time of 18:35.62 and lead the team to first place; on Sept. 16 finished in ninth place with a time of 18:08 at the Indiana Intercollegiates; at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic with a time of 17:36.34 a team high; on Oct. 14 at the Adidas Invitational finished with a time of 22:30; at the Big Ten Championships finished with a time of 21:54; on Nov. 12 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional finished with a time of 22:17.8.
2010: Did not compete her first year at Purdue while redshirting.
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner in cross country and track and field at Lake Central High School; finished second individually at the Indiana State High School Cross Country Championships as a senior, finishing in 19:15.8; helped her team to a pair of Indiana State Runner-Up team finishes as a junior and sophomore; ran on a trio of state placewinning 4x800-meter relays, taking second as a sophomore and senior and fifth as a junior; two-time individual state placewinner in the 3,200-meter run, taking fifth as a junior and eighth as a senior; awarded the Indiana State Mental Attitude Award as a senior.
Personal: Dana Marie Payonk was born Aug. 12, 1991, in Roswell, Ga.; is the daughter of Jack and Kathleen Payonk; has one brother, Matthew; enjoys computers and drawing; majoring in computer science.