Sept. 30, 2005
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - On a course known to be one that creates personal bests, the 2005 Notre Dame Invitational did not disappoint. However, the Purdue Boilermaker cross country teams could not overcome a field filled with ranked teams as the men's team placed 16th out of 25, while the women finished 19th out of 24.
Purdue's men scored 419 points, while team champion Arizona won the 8K event with a score of 70. On the women's side, Michigan took the crown with 77 points, while the Boilermakers scored 515.
David Rae was the top male finisher for the Boilermakers, crossing the line in 32nd with a time of 24:31.0, taking 18 seconds off his previous personal best. Justin Stadt finished 75th (74th in scoring) with a time of 25:15.0, placing second among Purdue runners. Stadt's time was also a personal best, clipping 25 seconds off the time he registered last season at the 2004 Notre Dame Invitational.
Michial Jacob scored in at 87th (finishing 89th overall) with a 25:26.0, 13 seconds better than his previous best. Eric Hammond ran a 25:41.0 to finish 112th overall and 107th on the scoring sheet. The final top-five Purdue scorer on the course was Zach Wilder, who placed 124th (119th scoring) with a 25:50.0. Hammond's time was a personal best, clipping 27 seconds off his previous best, while Wilder's time bettered his former best by four seconds.
Lindsay Zinn placed first among Purdue's women, crossing the stripe in 50th (49th in scoring) with a 17:51.0, breaking the 18-minute mark for the first time this season. Corrie Whisner's time of 18:13.0 was good for an 80th-place showing, 79th on the scoring sheet. Third across the line for the Boilermakers was Carrie Fett, who scored 114th (118th overall) with a time of 18:41.0, 18 seconds below her pevious personal best.
The fourth Boilermaker in was Kaleena Cappel, whose 18:47.0 placed her 130th overall (125th scoring). Elle Lammers' time of 19:11.0 placed him 159th overall and 148th on the scoring ledger. Lammers took 11 seconds off the time of her last race, the Indiana Intercollegiates.
Of the 10 scoring runners for the Boilermaker men and women, seven ran times that were personal bests. Despite that, the Purdue harriers finished well behind the top teams in the nation.
"We need to get better in the big race," head coach Jack Warner said. "I was disappointed in the way the women ran, and the men still need to push that second tier of runners up a few places. When we run in a field like we did today, our runners have to be much more aggressive at the start of the race.
"They made up some ground towards the end, but the competition started so quickly that we were too far behind to really make a dent in the time gap. We'll need to be more aggressive if we want to compete in the national-caliber races."
Purdue will get another crack at a national-caliber field in two weeks when the Boilermakers travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Pre-Nationals Meet on Saturday, Oct. 15.