Oct. 19, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker cross country teams competed at the Pre-Nationals hosted by Indiana State on Saturday. The Purdue men finished 26th while the women took 39th.
Matthew McClintock ran a career race in the men's Blue Division 8k. The sophomore posted a personal record by more than 24 seconds with a time of 23:39.35 to finish sixth in a field that included some of the nation's best. The next-best Big Ten finisher was Matt Fischer of Penn State who took 29th with a time of 23:59.35. Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech won with a time of 22:52.78.
Caleb Kerr finished second for Purdue and 118th overall. Kerr ran his fastest time of season after crossing the finish line in 24:45.40. Kerr was the eighth-best finisher from the Big Ten, including McClintock. Steven Stoot was third for Purdue and 146th overall. Stoot ran a huge PR as he broke his personal best by 19 seconds. The fifth-year senior finished with a time of 24:56.14. Jake Waterman ran the fastest time of his young career. Waterman finished 219th with a time of 25:16.55. Andrew Cartwright also had a career day. He finished 227th with a time of 25:18.94.
The men finished 26th with 716 points. Colorado won with 90 points while Oregon was second with 113. Iona took third with 126 points. From the Big Ten, Penn State was the top team as the Nittany Lions finished 17th. Indiana took 21st with 632 points, while Iowa was 24th with 677. Ohio State finished 28th with 733 points.
On the women's side, Blair Doney was the top finisher for Purdue, as she has been all year. The junior took 148th with a time of 21:48.01, a season best. Sharise Lund finished second for the Boilermakers with a time of 21:58.32. That time was good for 183rd place overall. Linsey Daluga finished 200th overall. The senior finished with a time of 22:04.36. Kristin Fritts scored for the second-straight race. She took 205th overall with a time of 22:06.97. Brynn Olinger rounded out the scoring for Purdue. The freshman finished 218th with a time of 22:10.87.
The women finished 39th with 954 points. Georgetown took first with 117 points while Florida State was second with 162. Butler took third with 176 points.
The Boilermakers are off next week before hosting the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 3.