Women's Results / Men's Results
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The women won the Crusader Invitational while the men took second in the season opener Friday. Jenna Halderman was the top Boilermaker to finish on the women’s side, while Matt Grider was the first to cross the line for Purdue’s men. The women finished with 33 points, while the men had 47.
Halderman ran the fastest 5,000-meter race of her Purdue cross country career. She finished with a time of 17:44.6, which is three seconds better than her best time from a year ago. The fourth place finish is also the best of her career. Alyssa Christoffer was the second finisher for the Boilermakers. She took fifth overall with a time of 17:48.5, also a PR. Her fifth place finish was also the best of her career. Rachel Yuska was seventh with a time of 18:21.6, a career best. Her time was better than her previous best by eight seconds. Freshmen Rachel Anderson and Megan Slamkowski rounded out the scoring for Purdue. Anderson opened her career with an eighth place finish time of 18:22.8, while Slamkowski’s time was 18:25.8, good for ninth.
On the men’s side, Grider led the way with a seventh-place finish time of 18:23.9. The time is his best 6,000-meter mark as a Boilermaker. Jacob Hanawalt was the second finisher for the Old Gold and Black and finished either with a time of 18:24.1. His time is more than 30 seconds better than his previous best 6k race. Levi Taylor took ninth overall with a time of 18:24.2. Ben Anderson and Ben Mohrdieck rounded out the scoring for the men. Anderson was 11th with a time of 18:34.4, while Mohrdieck cross the line 12th with a time of 18:34.7.
The Boilermakers will next be in action at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course on Friday, Sept. 15, for the Indiana Intercollegiates. The meet is the first home meet for Purdue since the Boilermakers hosted the Indiana Intercollegiates in 2014.