Nov. 12, 2011
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Great Lakes Cross Country Regional took place on Saturday afternoon at the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio, and the Purdue men finished 10th and the women 14th.
On the men's side, Charles White was the top finisher for the Old Gold and Black as he finished the race in 41st with a 10K time of 31:20.0. Ladd Mercer was the second Purdue individual to cross the finish line as he posted a 31:41.1, good for 59th. Simon Rogers took home 65th place after finishing in 31:43.9 and Robert Stewart finished 72nd with a time of 31:57.3. Dominic DeSantis rounded out the scoring for Purdue as he finished in 87th with a time of 32:11.3.
Wisconsin and Indiana earned bids to the NCAA Championships as the two Big Ten schools finished first and second, respectively, at the regional. The Badgers put up a team score of 50 while the Hoosiers finished with 70. The Boilermakers finished with a score of 324, just 13 points shy of Michigan State who finished ninth.
For the women, Kelly McCurdy turned in the top time for Purdue. The junior finished the 6K in 21:43.3, good for 47th overall. Stephanie Bonk took second for the Boilermakers as she finished in 62nd after crossing the finish line in 21:59.4. Freshman Dana Payonk finished in 81st with a time of 22:17.8 and Kara Conflenti finished 94th with a 22:27.7. Blair Doney was the fifth Boilermaker to finish as she posted a 22:32.1.
The University of Michigan took the top spot in the regional and will qualify for the NCAA Championships. Also from the mitten state, Michigan State qualified after finishing second. The Wolverines finished with 45 points and the Spartans had 77. Purdue finished with 385 points, one point more than Eastern Michigan. The Boilermakers were just 42 points out of ninth place.
The regional race was the final race of the season for both the Purdue men and women.