Oct. 14, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday against the very best in nation. The men's team took 37th while the women finished 42nd.
Cale Allen was the top finisher for the Boilermakers on the men's side. The senior crossed the finish line in 130th with a time of 25:00. Stephen Schulz finished second for Purdue on the day as he posted as time of 25:31, good for 195th overall. Scott Lasiter and Robert Stewart crossed the line at just about the same time as both were credited with 25:39s in the 8K race. Ladd Mercer was the final counting score for the Old Gold and Black as he finished 238th with a time of 26:14.
The men finished with a team score of 976 which put them in 37th place. Big Ten foe Nebraska finished just behind the Boilermakers in 38th with a score of 1093. Wisconsin ran away with its home invite as the Badgers posted a team score of 66. They were able to accomplish that feat by having all five counting scorers cross the finish line within two seconds of each other, good for 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 16th place. In state rival Indiana took fifth for the meet with a team score of 271. The Minnesota Golden Gophers took seventh in a field that boasted 20 of the top 30 teams in the country.
On the women's side, Stephanie Bonk was the first to finish for the Boilermakers. The senior crossed the finish line of the 6K race in 182nd place with a time of 21:47. Kelly McCurdy was next to finish for Purdue as she finished the team's first 6K of the season in 215th place with a time of 22:00. Kara Conflenti was the third finisher on the team with a time of 22:03. Freshmen Dana Payonk and Blair Doney were the final two scorers counted for the Boilermakers as they finished in 22:30 and 23:12, respectively.
The women finished in 42nd place with a team score of 1170. Big Ten rival Illinois finished in 44th place with a score of 1197. The University of Washington was the meets top team as the Huskies posted a score of 199. The Michigan State Spartans finished in a ninth place tie with Iowa State with a team score of 362 in a field of the nation's best.
Purdue will be back in action on Sunday as a different squad of harriers will head to the Pre-National Race in Terre Haute, Ind. Start time is 11 a.m. ET.