Nov. 2, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Purdue cross country teams competed at the Hoosier Invitational on Friday. Katie Hoevet was the top finisher for the Boilermakers as she finished runner-up in the women's 5,000-meter race with a time of 18:34.00.
"I thought everyone competed courageously today on a challenging course," assistant coach Dave Hartman said. "Katie Hoevet put herself in position to win and ran a superb race throughout. I was equally impressed with Robert Pollock's race as he ran a distance he is not accustomed to running."
Hoevet had a season-best time on Friday with her second place finish. The freshman topped her previous best time of 19:45 by a whopping minute and 11 seconds. Kristin Fritts was the second Boilermaker to finish the race. Fritts finished with a time of 19:15.74 which was good for fifth place overall. That time is Fritts' third best of the season and just four seconds off her season low. Karen Jensen was just behind Fritts and took seventh place. Jensen finished in a time of 19:18.10.
Maria Paolillo and Brooke Kline each had top 15 finishes. Paolillo crossed the finish line in 19:45.78 which put her in 13th. Kline finished in 14th with a time of 19:51.41. Kline's time was the second best of her young career. Alexis Uber and Kelly Fields finished 18th and 19th, respectively. Uber finished her first race as a Boilermaker just under the 20 minute mark as she posted a time of 19:59.03 while Fields finished in 20:03.80. Four other Purdue women also competed in the race and finished in the top 35.
On the men's side, Robert Pollock was the top finisher for Purdue. The freshman finished 13th overall with a time of 26:22.00, a season best by 34 seconds. Dan Porter finished seconds for the Boilermakers and 22nd overall. The junior was just one second off his season best as he cross the finish line in 27:04.83. Stefan Harry finished 25th overall with a time of 27:21.07. That time was his second best of the season.
Joshua Haase and Sam Hoffman finished 28th and 29th, respectively. Haase finished with the second best time of his career, 27:38.11, while Hoffman ran his personal best with a time of 27:41.96. Harlow Ladd took 39th overall. Ladd finished with a time of 29:46.39.
The Hoosier Invite was the last scheduled race of the regular season. The Boilermakers will be back in action next week at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals. The Nov. 9 race is hosted by the University of Wisconsin.