Oct. 4, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Purdue cross country teams competed at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon. The men finished 15th, while the women took 17th, in a field that included some of the nation's best.
"I thought we competed really well on both sides," Purdue distance coach Dave Hartman said. "Matt (McClintock) ran really well and that helped the team a lot. We need a little bit more support from the rest of the guys, but I thought they did a nice job. Caleb (Kerr) ran really solid today as well. We're going to have to put it all together as the back end of the season approaches. We just need to keep working hard in order to be ready to accomplish our goals at Big Tens and regionals."
Matthew McClintock finished third in the Blue Division of the men's five mile race. The sophomore finished with a time of 24:26.5, just 4.2 seconds behind second place and 7.9 seconds behind first. Anthony Rotich of UTEP won the race. Caleb Kerr finished second for Purdue, 33rd overall, with a time of 25:03.6. Kerr has finished second for Purdue in three straight races.
"I was really happy today with how I raced," said McClintock. "The UTEP guys went out hard at the start, just as I expected. However, I got out quickly and hung with the lead pack. I just waited for some guys to tire out and from there I hoped it would be a strength race. I was just hoping to finish in the top 10, so to finish third was great, especially with the competition.
"I thought Caleb really ran great as well. I was really proud of the way he ran. We all had to get out faster than normal and that's not something that we're used to. We need to work on that and help close the gap to get ready for the back end of the schedule."
Tate Schienbein was third for the Boilermakers. The sophomore finished 110th with 25:54.3. Steven Stoot was just behind Schienbein finishing 113th with a time of 25:55.9. Tyler Wynn wrapped up the scoring for Purdue at 132nd with a time of 26:09.5
The Purdue men finished 15th with 389 points. The Boilermakers beat Ohio State, who finished 19th with 470 points, and Michigan, who finished 25th with 650 points. Columbia finished first in the men's Blue Division race with 113 points. Tulsa took second with 124 points, while Princeton took third with 147 points.
The Purdue women finished the afternoon with 395 points. Blair Doney led the way for the Boilermakers. She finished 57th with a time of 18:02.5, a season best. Doney has been the top finisher for Purdue in all four races this season.
"It was a good race today, especially with how sloppy the course was," said Doney. "We weren't expecting it to be quite that muddy, but I thought we handled it well. As a team, we haven't worked very much on speed. So, I'm happy to be able to do as well as we did. It gives us a lot of confidence heading into the championship portion of our schedule that we can compete the way that we did today. Now it's time to get back to work on our speed and get stronger as a team."
Brynn Olinger had the best race of her young career. The freshman had a PR by over 30 seconds as she finished 66th at 18:09.2.
"I thought Brynn was great day," said Doney. "She has proven herself to be the top freshman on our team and that gives us a lot of confidence in her. She's getting better at competing with runners from the rest of the Big Ten and that's giving her a lot of confidence. We need that. She's going to be really important for our team the rest of the season."
Linsey Daluga had a season best performance as well. She finished third for Purdue and 80th overall as she crossed the finish line with a time of 18:20.3. Laura Maibuecher was fourth for Purdue as she took 90th and Kristin Fritts rounded out the scoring for Purdue as she took 103rd.
"I thought the women ran pretty well," said Hartman. "A couple of the girls had off days and hampered the team score a little bit. We went up against some really strong competition. When you look at it from team to team and person to person, we're pretty close. If we can continue to keep working hard over the next few weeks, I think we can challenge some of those teams in the upcoming championships."
The Boilermakers return to action on Oct. 19th, as they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to compete in the pre-NCAA meet.