Sept. 15, 2006
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Purdue University men's cross country team finished second in the big state division, while the women's squad nabbed third at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships, hosted by Indiana State University on Friday afternoon.
The men's team finished with 40 points, just eight points shy of meet champion Indiana St., with four runners in the top 10. Junior Justin Gauthier grabbed fourth at 25:46, classmate Eric Hammond came in just a second later in fifth, senior Justin Stadt crossed the line in ninth at 25:55 and freshman Matt DeSilva finished 10th in 26:07. Rounding out the top five for the Boilermakers was senior Michial Jacob, who earned 12th place with a time of 26:10. Also competing in the men's race were Steve Swank (39th, 27:11), senior Josh Robinson (46th, 27:21), freshman Ryan Feeney (47th, 27:21) and fellow rookie Neno Bellinotti (49th, 27:25).
On the women's side, the Boilermakers put together 135 points as rookies Kristin Phillips and Katie Morrical crossed the line in sixth and seventh with respective times of 18:19 and 18:23. Classmate Sarah Klaczynski finished 35th with a time of 19:24, while first-year Amye Adcock posted a 40th-place time of 19:35 and junior Carrie Fett completed the top five in 47th at 19:43. Shoring up the women's competition were junior Danielle Ginther (51st, 19:45), senior Dana Cooreman (56th, 20:01), sophomore Elle Lammers (58th, 20:03) and freshman Jessica Hampson (71st, 20:16).
Purdue excelled in the combined men's and women's open race as well as sophomore Amanda Van Wanzeele paced 10 runners in the top 16 on the women's side, while freshman Steve Bach grabbed 14th overall on the men's side.
Both squads return to action Friday, September 29, at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.