Sept. 14, 2012
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Purdue cross country teams competed at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday evening. The women's team took second in the state while the men finished fourth.
"Both teams ran well," distance coach Dave Hartman said after the meet. "It's still early in the season. We were running a controlled race and I was really happy with what I saw out there. I think we have a big season ahead of us."
The women's team finished second just 14 points behind the Indiana Hoosiers. Samantha Walkow took the top spot for the Boilermakers for the second time this season. The senior finished third overall with a 5k time of 18:01.7. Teammates Dana Payonk and Blair Doney were just behind her as they finished in fourth and fifth with times of 18:06.9 and 18:08.7, respectively. Those times were season bests for both.
Autumn Beachy was next to finish for Purdue. The junior finished in 15th with a time of 18:33.3. Linsey Daluga rounded out the scoring with a 16th place finish. Daluga crossed the finish line in 18:34.8. The Boilermakers finished with 43 total points.
"The ladies went out there and ran with a lot of confidence today," said Hartman. "Initially, our lead group started a bit behind the pack, but they did a great job of staying controlled and patiently moving through the field. We got what we wanted to out of them today. The ladies ran a great race and with what they showed me today, I think we will be able to compete with some really solid programs the rest of the season."
On the men's side, the Boilermakers ran their first 8k of the year. Six freshmen and three sophomores ran for the Boilermakers. Matthew McClintock took the top spot on the team for the second straight meet. The freshman finished fourth with a time of 24:58.9 which was 16.5 seconds off the fastest time. McClintock's time was the fastest time among Big Ten runners which included Purdue and Indiana. Johnnie Guy finished second for Purdue for the second consecutive time. The rookie posted a time of 25:11.1 which was good for eighth place.
Tate Schienbein took 26th place overall with a time of 25:42.6. Teammates Caleb Kerr and Andy Mack were just behind him in 28th and 29th with times of 25:46.3 and 25:52.2, respectively. The Boilermakers finished with 92 points on the meet. Indiana took the top spot with 49 points. Butler finished second with 70 while Indiana State finished third with 79 points.
"Our whole freshmen group was very strong," Hartman said afterwards. "I was extremely impressed with the poise our freshmen showed in this race considering it was their first time running an 8k as collegians. They went out and mixed it up with some accomplished veterans and showed that they belong at this level. For all the freshmen and sophomores we ran today, it was a great showing and a glimpse of the future. Our focus is the end of the season and this is one of those meets where we wanted to gauge where we are right now. I am very excited about what this group can accomplish."
The Boilermakers will have next week off. The harriers return to action on Sept. 29 when the team travels to Chicago to take part in the 40th Annual Sean Earl Invite. Check PurdueSports.com, the Purdue track and field page on FaceBook, and Purdue track and field and cross country twitter feed (@PurdueTrackXC) for up-to-date information on the Boilermakers.