Nov. 11, 2006
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Purdue University women's and men's cross country teams raced to respective 11th- and 15th-place finishes on Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, hosted by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The women compiled a team score of 378 led by freshman Kristin Phillips' 43rd-place showing, while junior Eric Hammond spearheaded a 421-point effort by the men's squad, finishing 53rd overall.
Phillips rebounded from a tough performance at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago to finish first for the Boilermakers for the third time this season with a time of 22:28.44. Classmate Katie Morrical and senior Carrie Fett were the next two to cross the finish line for Purdue, taking 56th and 88th place, respectively with times of 22:41.70 and 23:15.10. Rookie Jessica Hampson followed Fett closely, finishing just over a second later, while fellow first-year Amye Adock capped the Boilers' scoring with a time of 23:29.02. Also completing the 6K course for Purdue were freshmen Danielle Eagan (23:39.83) and Sarah Klaczynski (24:16.69).
On the men's side, Hammond topped the Boilermaker field with a career-best time for 10K of 32:30.83. Senior Justin Stadt also eclipsed his personal-best mark, finishing 69th with a time of 32:49.65, while classmate Michial Jacob crossed the line in 85th place with a mark of 33:09.88. Freshman Neno Bellinotti, senior Josh Robinson and freshman Ryan Feeney each completed a 10K course for the first time in their collegiate careers, registering times of 33:34.12, 34:01.58 and 34:04.19.
The Big Ten Conference was well represented at the meet as Michigan State University captured the women's team title, edging out conference rival Wisconsin by just three points (63-66), while the Badgers took home the men's team crown, blowing away the rest of the field with a 52-point total. University of Michigan sophomore Nicole Edwards won the women's race with a time of 20:50.91, while Eastern Michigan University senior Corey Nowitzke bested the men's field with a time of 30:57.94.