Nov. 15, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Matthew McClintock finished second overall and helped the Purdue men take eighth at the Great Lakes Cross Country Regional on Friday. The women finished 13th led by Blair Doney's 53rd place finish.
McClintock came into the race as Purdue's top runner from last year's regional race. The Athens, Maine, native finished eighth a year ago with a time of 30:57 in the 10k hosted by Wisconsin. This year, McClintock bettered his performance. The sophomore ran a time of 30:07 in the 10k, 50 seconds better, though the course was shortened slightly from a year ago as the 2012 design was considered a long course.
"I think I executed my race plan really well," McClintock said. "I hung in the pack and covered moves. It came down to the final 2k and it was pretty much (Indiana State's) John (Mascari) and me. He put a big move on over the last couple hills and I hung with him. With about 1.5k left, I thought I had him coming up the final hill, but he hung in there. He sat well enough and with about 400 meters to go, I was right behind him, but with about 100 meters left, he pulled away to the line."
McClintock's time of 30:07 is right on the Purdue 10k regional record. Bill Shuey ran a time of 30:07.3 in 1982. McClintock's time carried out to the first decimal place, in order to determine a potential new school record, was not available at the time of publishing, but will be updated as it becomes available. McClintock did, however, earn the highest Purdue finish in the history of the Great Lakes Region, which dates back to 1997. Other than his eighth place finish a year ago, McClintock is the first Boilermaker to finish in the top 10 since Caden Shields took 10th in 2009. McClintock's time is also neck and neck, based on decimal place, with Shuey's time for the third-best 10k in the history of Purdue cross country.
"Matt is a great competitor," head coach Lonnie Greene said. "At the end of the day, he has a gift that no coach can coach. It comes from deep within and is a gift from God. Kudos go to (distance coach) Dave Hartman for his work with Matt and the entire program. He has done a great job of getting the kids better and better. For Matt to be the top finisher in the history of the program at the regional meet speaks to work he and Dave put in. It is great to have representation at the NCAA Championships in cross country again. This time, I truly believe he will be an All-American and finish top 15 nationally. That would be huge for Matt and our program."
McClintock earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., next weekend by finishing among the top four individuals not on a qualifying team.
"I think I ran really well and I beat some very talented runners, especially from the Big Ten. It's similar to the Big Ten Championships, there was just one guy that I couldn't pull away from. I was happy with how I ran, though. It just came down to the final kick and he had the extra half a gear to cover the last 100 meters.
I am excited to go back to nationals. I think my goal as of right now is to finish top 25. Hopefully, if I am feeling really good, it could be top 15 or top 10. It will be the kind of race I'm looking for where there will be a lot of talented guys that I can try to keep up with. I will need to get out quickly, just like I did today, and compete against the best in the country. I have one more week to get better. I would love to be Purdue's first All-American in a very long time."
Aside from McClintock, Caleb Kerr took second for the Boilermakers. The sophomore turned in a time of 31:40 for 48th place overall. That time was 49 seconds better than his time a year ago and his finish was up 12 spots. Jake Waterman was third for Purdue in his first 10k for the Old Gold and Black. The senior transfer finished 54th with a time of 31:46. Steven Stoot turned in a gutsy performance, just as was planned by the coaching staff. Stoot got out fast in an attempt to gain ground and give the Boilermakers a shot at a top-five team finish. The early speed wore on him just a bit down the stretch, but Stoot was able to turn in a time of 32:00 for 64th place. That time was two minutes and 14 seconds faster than his time a year ago when he finished 141st.
Tate Schienbein rounded out the scoring for the Boilermakers with a 73rd place finish and a time of 32:22. It was the first 10k of his career. The men finished eighth with 241 points.
"Any time you have a group of young kids, freshmen and sophomores, that compete as a pack, the future is bright," added Greene. "With Coach Hartman's guidance, they will all keep getting better. Now, they need to all follow their teammate and decide just like Matt did that they want to be great. I truly believe they can do it. I am excited for the future and kudos to Coach Hartman for doing a great job."
On the women's side, Doney led the way as she crossed the line in 21:38 to take 53rd in the 6k. That time was three seconds and six places better than her finish a year ago at the Great Lakes Regional. Laura Maibuecher took second for Purdue and 69th overall. The sophomore crossed the finish line in 21:55, seven seconds better than last season. Michelle Potter took third for Purdue and 69th overall in her first regional. The sophomore finished with a time of 21:57.
Linsey Daluga finished her cross country career by taking fourth for the Boilermakers and 82nd overall. The senior had a time of 22:10. Freshman Brynn Olinger rounded out the scoring as she finished 84th with a time of 22:11.
"For the women, it's good that the seniors are leading the pack," said Greene. "We just need to keep working get better for not only next year, but this track season as well. I'm very proud of how these young ladies have competed this season. We now just want to get back to work, get better and be very effective come track season for both indoors and outdoors. I think we have a great group, and that's greatly due to Coach Hartman and the work he has put in."
The women finished 13th with 356 points. Their cross country season is over, though indoor track season is less than a month away with the opening meet on Dec. 7 at Southern Illinois.
McClintock's season continues with the NCAA Championships. The race is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.