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Men's Results / Women's Results / Men's Open Results
MADISON, Wis. – The men’s team finished 20th and the women were 27th at the prestigious Nuttycombe Invitational. The men finished ahead of six ranked teams, including No. 14 Indiana and No. 16 Illinois. Jaret Carpenter and Emma Benner led the men’s and women’s teams, respectively in the championship group’s final test before the Big Ten Championships.
“I felt like we executed really well today, especially the men in the 2k through 8k,” assistant coach John Oliver said. “The guys are working on setting themselves up for success which is making sure we get out pretty well. That’s something we can continue to work on. We’re looking to get better and we still have conference and regionals and we’re looking forward to getting back out there.”
Carpenter had a great close over the challenging final 2,000 meters of the course closing with his fastest split of the day – a 5:47 – to finish with an 8,000-meter time of 24:09.07. That time is the fastest of his career, bettering his previous top mark of 24:16.48 from two weeks ago. Carpenter opened the first 2k with a split of 6:06, which put him in approximately 120th. The sophomore worked his way up from there, slowly weaving through the crowded field until he crossed the finish line 32nd in a field loaded with 20 ranked teams. He was the ninth fastest underclassman at the meet.
Curt Eckstein continued his impressive freshman campaign. He was the fourth fastest freshman at the meet and finished 76th overall. Eckstein closed with his best 2k split, bring it home in 5:54 to finish with a time of 24:33.0. That time is his second fastest and just 10.14 seconds off his Purdue best, which came two weeks ago. Jacob Hanawalt also broke the 25-minute barrier and was the third scorer for Purdue. He ran a time of 24:53.2 to finish 117th.
Jeremy Craven and Theo Burgwald came across the finish line together to finish 155th and 156th, respectively. Craven finished with a time of 25:06.5, while Burgwald was just one tenth of a second behind.
The men’s team finished with 536 points. That was better than No. 15 Boise State, No. 18 Virginia, No. 28 Wisconsin and No. 30 Columbia.
On the women’s side, Benner ran the third fastest 6k of her career and the fastest of her season with a time of 20:44.8. That time was good to finish 52nd and was the 23rd fastest among underclassmen. Her opening 2k was a 6:49, while she closed with a 6:48.
Grace Lachmund had a 10-second PR at the meet to finish second for Purdue and 98th overall. The senior closed in 7:01, after opening in 7:00, to finish the 6k with a time of 21:17.0. Alyssa Christoffer was the third Boilermaker to finish and also had a 10-second PR. She took 126th overall with a time of 21:29.1 and closed in 7:04.
Jenna Halderman and Mary Abramson rounded out the scoring for Purdue. Halderman finished 165th with a time of 21:55.9, while Abramson was 183rd in 22:09.6. Halderman’s time was the second fastest of her career and the second time under 22 minutes in a 6k.
The women’s team finished with 624 points.
While the Boilermakers will compete in the Illinois Open next week, the championship group is off until the Big Ten Championships, which will be contested Sunday, Oct. 29 at Indiana.