Oct. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue cross country teams competed in one of the biggest meets in the country on Friday. The Boilermaker men finished 37th while the women took 45th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite.
On the men's side, Matthew McClintock again took the top stop for the Boilermakers. McClintock ran a career-best time of 24:12 to take 77th overall. The freshman's time was a career best for the 8,000-meter race by 20 seconds which he ran two weeks ago. Johnnie Guy also had a career day for Purdue. Guy was second among Boilermaker harriers and took 153rd overall. Guy finished with a time of 24:30, the second fastest time of any Boilermaker this season behind only McClintock. Guy also broke his personal best by 22 seconds.
Caleb Kerr finished third for Purdue with a time of 24:39. That time is a personal best for the rookie by 14 seconds. Andy Mack took fourth on the team with a time of 25:00. Mack's previous best this season was 25:32 set at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invite two weeks ago. Allan Appiah was the final Boilermaker to score as he finished in 25:29. That time is a season best by 31 seconds for the sophomore.
"We had a group of freshmen and sophomores show once again tremendous poise in a very prestigious race," assistant coach Dave Hartman said. "It was a tough environment with such great competition and I thought they grew up a bit today. The guys went out and handled themselves way in a field that may be deeper than at nationals. When you look at the times that we ran, it was really impressed that our young team could stay poised in the biggest pressure situation that we've been in. We handled it well and it was encouraging."
On the women's side, Kelly McCurdy took the top spot in her first attached race of the season. McCurdy finished 149th with a time of 21:04. That time is 56 seconds better than the time she ran in the same race last season. Autumn Beachy was next to finish for the Purdue ladies. Beachy took 217th with a time of 21:30 in the first 6,000-meter race of the year.
Blair Doney finished third for the Old Gold and Black. Doney crossed the finish line in a time of 21:38. Doney's time bests her mark from last season's race by 34 seconds. Freshmen Laura Maibuecher and Sharise Lund were the final two scorers for Purdue. The rookies completed the first 6k of their careers in 21:40 and 21:50, respectively. Dana Payonk and Linsey Daluga were also in the championship race. The juniors bested their times from last season's race by combined 60 seconds.
"All of the girls had personal bests and that is a great sign," Hartman said. "We stepped up to the 6k and kept our poise. Fortunately, a lot of our training has been geared to running a 6k as we know that's the standard champion distance. We were prepared training-wise, but for some of the returning girls and the freshmen, it was the first 6k in their lives and it was encouraging to see them handle that distance relatively well. I think we had tremendous improvement from last season."
The men's team finished in 37th place with a total of 914 points. Stanford took the top overall spot with 135 points while Iona was second with 145. Oklahoma was third with 166 and Texas finished fourth with 267. Arkansas rounded out the top 5 with 308 points.
For the women, Iowa State was the team champion with 109 points. Stanford took second with 181 while Arizona was third with 242 points. Washington took fourth with 252 and Cornell was 5th with 264. Purdue finished 45th with 1102 points.
"This race certainly will prepare us for the rigors of the Big Ten Championships and the regionals that are coming up in the next few weeks," said Hartman. "Competing in such a talent-rich field will give our runners the experience to help them at Big Tens in a few weeks."
The Purdue women also had four individuals complete the open race. Haley Goers had the top time for the Boilermakers with a 56th place finish in a time of 22:06. Karen Jensen, Kristin Fritts, and Marie Lorentz also competed.
The men finished ninth in the open race. Kevin Handshoe finished with 35 place points as the top Boilermaker. The freshman finished the race in 25:36. Brett Klosterhoff, Steven Stoot, Harlow Ladd, and Stefan Harry also ran for the Boilermakers.