LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Boilermakers wrapped up the cross country season Saturday at the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Louisville. Hope Schmelzle finished 91st on the women’s side, while Matthew McClintock was 133rd in the men’s race.
Schmelzle competed in the first NCAA Championships of her career. She was coming off a seventh place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals. Saturday, she finished the 6,000-meter race in 20:47.4 and took 91st place. Her time was less than 20 seconds off of All-America honors. She wraps up a stellar junior season, where she won her season-opening race at Valparaiso, earned First Team All-Big Ten honors with a fifth place finish at the conference meet, earned All-Regional honors and was Purdue’s top runner in every race she competed.
Schmelzle was just the fourth woman in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
McClintock made his fourth trip to the sport’s biggest collegiate stage. He earned his spot after finishing runner-up at the Great Lakes Regional last week. The Big Ten Champion and two-time All-American ran a time of 31:15.6 to finish 133rd. McClintock is the first Boilermaker to individually qualify for the NCAA Championships all four years.
The Boilermakers now prepare for the indoor track and field season. The team’s first meet is scheduled for Dec. 11 at Indiana University.