Men's Results / Women's Results
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The men’s team had its highest finish in 31 years at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Indiana University. The Boilermakers claimed fifth place with 133 points, both program bests since 1986. The finish is tied for the fifth best since 1950 and marks one of just six occasions the men have finished in the top five at the meet since that year. The women’s team placed ninth with 232 points, led by second team All-Big Ten performer Emma Benner.
The men’s team, which is receiving votes in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches Poll, finished ahead of No. 18 Minnesota, No. 30 Penn State and Indiana, who received a pair of votes in the poll.
Sophomore Jaret Carpenter earned first team All-Big Ten honors with a seventh place finish to pace the men. His finish is the highest by a Boilermaker since Matthew McClintock won the meet as a senior in 2015. Carpenter, an NCAA Championships qualifier a year ago, hung with the lead pack the entire race. After 2,000 meters, he sat 45th in the tightly packed field. Over the next thousand meters, je oved up 19 spots to 26th, before climbing into the top 20 at the 4k mark. From there, he kept climbing before he eventually took seventh with a time of 24:17.2. The finish is nine spots and nearly 40 seconds better than a year ago.
Curt Eckstein was the top freshman finisher in the men’s race at the Big Ten Championships with a 16th-place finish. His race was more consistent place-wise than Carpenter’s in that he hung around 20th for most of the race without much upward or downward movement. Eckstein was 20th at the 3k through 5k mark before inching his way up four spots over the final 3,000 meters. Eckstein finished with a time of 24:38.1. It is the second year in a row the Boilermakers have had a freshman finish 16th at the meet.
Jacob Hanawalt was the third scorer for the Boilermakers and was 12 spots higher than a year ago, as he placed 30th. Like Eckstein, the junior had a consistent race, hanging around 30th for most of the race before finishing there with a time of 25:00.7. Ben Anderson was the fourth Boilermaker to finish and came across the line in 38th place with a time of 25:05.2. His time was 20 seconds better than a year ago at the same meet. Levi Taylor rounded out the scoring with a 43rd place finish time of 25:08.2. Taylor steadily worked his way up the field over the final 5,000 meters.
On the women’s side, Benner led the way with a 14th-place finish. She was among the top five through the first half of the 6,000-meter race, before hanging on for 14th with a time of 20:46.4. That time is 22 seconds better than her 6k time at Big Tens last season. Grace Lachmund was the second Boilermaker to finish as she placed 34th with a time of 21:22.0. The finish is 18 spots better than she placed a year ago at the meet. Mary Abramson was third for Purdue and 61st overall with a time of 22:00.4. That time is an improvement of 17 seconds from a year ago.
Jenna Halderman was fourth for Purdue and Alyssa Christoffer rounded out the scoring for the Boilermakers. Halderman placed 69th with a time of 22:09.8, while Christoffer was 73rd with a time of 22:16.3. Halderman’s finish is 18 spots higher than a year ago at the meet, while Christoffer was eight spots better.
The Boilermakers are off until the Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Nov. 10. That race will determine which teams and at-large individuals will earn a trip to the Nov. 18 NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.