Oct. 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Purdue men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Michigan State on Sunday. The Purdue men finished ninth while the women took 11th.
Matthew McClintock continued his incredible freshman season at the conference meet. The rookie ran a personal best 8,000-meter time of 24:04. That time was good for eighth place overall and just two seconds out of seventh place. Of the seven harriers to finish ahead of McClintock, all were seniors. The Athens, Maine, native was the only underclassman to finish in the top 15. McClintock is also the first Boilermaker male to finish in the top 10 at the conference meet since David Rae finished ninth in 2005.
"Matt ran a superb race today," assistant coach Dave Hartman said. "He went toe-to-toe with some of the best runners in the country and proved that he belongs with that group."
Guy also picked up where he left off. The freshman finished second for Purdue and 40th overall with a time of 24:43. That time is the second best of his career. Andy Mack was not far behind Guy. The sophomore ran a time of 24:54 to finish 47th. Mack's time was the best of his career moving six seconds ahead of his mark at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite earlier this season. Caleb Kerr was fourth for the Boilermakers after crossing the finish line in 25:00. That time put him in 54th. Allan Appiah wrapped up the scoring for Purdue. The sophomore took 64th with a time of 25:15. That time is 14 seconds better than his previous career best.
Purdue finished with 213 points to finish ninth while running the youngest squad in the championships. Purdue's score is the program's third best since 2001 when the Boilermakers posted a score of 199. That year, the league had one less team. Last year's team also finished with 199. Purdue's score of 213 was just three points out of eighth place Ohio State. Wisconsin won the meet with 33 points. Michigan was second with 65 points and Indiana was third with 79 points.
"Most of our men have never experienced a Big Ten Championship before," said Hartman. "Today was a big of an eye opening experience for them. Despite their inexperience, the men competed well today. We are so, so young. This group has a very bright future."
On the women's side, Kelly McCurdy was the top finisher for Purdue. The senior finished 39th with a time of 21:17 in the 6,000-meter race. Samantha Walkow returned to action and finished 43rd in his first 6k of the season. The senior finished just two seconds behind McCurdy at 21:19. Dana Payonk finished third for Purdue and 45th overall. The junior finished in 21:25.
Blair Doney took fourth for the Boilermakers. The sophomore finished 56th overall with a time of 21:37. Laura Maibuecher finished the scoring for Purdue. The freshman completed the race in 21:54, good for 65th place.
The Purdue women finished with 248 points to finish 11th. The Boilermakers were just 20 points behind 10th place and finished within 51 points of eighth. Michigan finished first with 55 points. Michigan State was second with 75 points while Penn State finished third with 96.
"We were proud of how hard our women fought," Hartman said. "We have improved dramatically as a team, even though it is not evident in the standings today. This conference is arguably the deepest in the nation. We now have to focus on the NCAA Regional meet."
The next race for both teams is the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 9. The race will be in Madison, Wis., and hosted by the University of Wisconsin.