Four Men, Two Women Finish Top Five at Michigan Open
Caleb Kerr finished third on Friday, less than a second behind teammate Brett Klosterhoff who took second.

Aug 30, 2013

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DEXTER, Mich. - The Boilermakers opened the 2013 season with an unscored dual meet against Michigan on Friday morning at the Hudson Mills Metro Park. Purdue had four top fives on the men's side and two on the women's.

"The men had a solid opener today," Purdue distance coach Dave Hartman said. "The 5k distance was a little short in relation to our training, but the guys handled it well. It was exciting to see Brett Klosterhoff back in action and leading the charge after struggling with some injury issues the last two years. Overall, we accomplished what we wanted to."

Brett Klosterhoff turned in a strong performance after missing the 2012 season with an injury. The junior finished first for Purdue and second overall with a time of 15:57.81 in the 5,000-meter race. It was his first career 5k. Caleb Kerr took third overall less than a second behind his teammate. The sophomore crossed the finish line in 15:57.98. Steven Stoot and Tyler Wynn wrapped up the lead pack as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Stoot posted a time of 15:59.01 while Wynn finished in 16:00.70.

Daniel Williams made his Purdue debut with the race and finished eighth overall. The freshman finished with a time of 16:12.26 and he was Purdue's fifth-best time of the morning.

On the women's side, Blair Doney was the top finisher for the Boilermakers and took fourth overall. She finished with a time of 18:27.24 in the 5k. Sharise Lund was the second finisher for Purdue and ran a personal record. Lund finished fifth overall with a time of 18:29.47 which is three and a half seconds better than her previous PR. Linsey Daluga finished ninth overall with a time of 18:45.73, though she was three seconds out of seventh place.

"I was impressed with the women's performance today," Hartman said. "Michigan is a great squad that is 17th in the nation and is defending Big Ten Champions. They showed that today. Our women were competitive, too, though. That is a huge step in the right direction for our program. I was proud that they were not intimidated and they were able to get out and run their own races."

Brynn Olinger took 12th place in her collegiate debut. She ran a time of 18:55.74. Kiara McIntosh also competed in her first race and turned in a solid performance. The freshman from Menifee, Calif., finished seventh for Purdue and 15th overall with a time of 19:11.14. Hope Schmelzle and Cailey Daluga finished 22nd and 24th overall, respectively, in their first races in the Old Gold and Black. Schmelzle posted a time of 19:26.46 while Daluga ran a 19:27.37.




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