Pre-National Predicament

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Purdue sophomore Matt De Silva ran the fastest 8K time by a Boilermaker in two seasons on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Purdue sophomore Matt De Silva ran the fastest 8K time by a Boilermaker in two seasons on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 13, 2007

Results

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Purdue University men's and women's cross country teams saw the toughest competition they'll see all year all the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Indiana State University. The women's squad finished 32nd in the women's white race, while the men competed in the open race.

Without the assistance of their top runner, sophomore Katie Morrical, who was sidelined with an injury, the Purdue women compiled 882 points in their first 6K race of the season. Freshman Kristina Krasich led the Boilermakers for the first time this season, posting a time of 22:02.2, followed by senior teammate Danielle Ginther with a mark of 22:44.1. Sophomore Kristin Phillips was the third Boilermaker to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 22:49.3, while freshmen Jennifer Hall and Erin Ragouzis wrapped up the Boilermaker scoring with respective times of 23:34.4 and 23.43.5.

Sophomore Matt De Silva had an exceptional showing in the men's open 8K race, crossing the line second overall with a career-best time of 24:35.8. His mark betters his previous career-best by more than 34 seconds, and is 23 seconds faster than the squad's best mark at that distance last season. Freshman Robert Shiflett was the next Purdue harrier to finish, marking a career-best 25:41.0, followed by classmate Jacob Laird in 26:02.7. Fellow rookie Alex Folk also notched a career-best time, completing the course in 26:11.8, as did first-years Matt Clifford and Chase Kaufman with respective career-best marks of 26:17.4 and 26:25.9.

 

 

The Boilermakers return to action on Oct. 28, at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.