Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Purdue had two individuals compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the University of Louisville. Matthew McClintock finished 103rd while Johnnie Guy took 183rd in their inaugural collegiate season.
“We’re proud of the guys’ efforts in their first National Championship race,” said assistant coach Dave Hartman. “I think they are going to walk away from Louisville gaining a lot of experience for their future careers. Today wasn’t quite what we expected, however I think it is a building block for our program and the direction it wants to head. The mentality of these guys this season was impressive and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”
McClintock ran the best 10,000-meter race of his career in just his second attempt at the long distance. The Athens, Maine, native ran a time of 30:45.1 which was 12 seconds better than the time he ran at the Great Lakes Regional a week ago. His time was also better than every runner on the Michigan State team that qualified. McClintock finished 11th among freshmen at the race and was the top rookie among Big Ten competitors
Guy finished the race in 31:27.6. That time is just seven seconds behind the time he ran at the regional meet. Guy was the 24th freshman to cross the finish line at the National Championships. He was also the fourth among Big Ten rookies.
“It was such a big field and our guys got out a little bit slow,” Hartman said. “It’s hard to gain much ground with a field where everyone is moving so fast. There isn’t much drop off from top to bottom. I still think our guys executed a great plan. This was a great experience for the guys as they capped an outstanding cross country season.”
McClintock’s time of 30:45.1 is the sixth fastest time for a Boilermaker at the NCAA Championships. He moves ahead of Caden Shields’ time of 31.13.8 from 2009. He is also now ahead of Jim Nagle (1983), Ken Gamble (1983), Bill Shuey (1982), and Dave Williams (1983). McClintock is just the second Boilermaker to add his name to the top 10 list since 1987 and his time is the fastest for Purdue since 1983 at the NCAA meet. Guy’s time puts him in ninth all-time for a Purdue runner at the NCAA meet ahead of Shuey and Williams.
Oklahoma State won the National Championships on the men’s side. The Cowboys had a total of 72 points. Wisconsin finished runner-up with 135 points. Colorado took third as a team with 158 points. Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech was the top overall finisher. He crossed the line in 28:31.3. Stephen Sambu and Lawi Lalang finished second and third, respectively. Both runners are from Arizona.
Saturday’s race marked the end of the cross country season. The Purdue harriers will be off until the indoor track season starts on Jan. 12, 2013.