Nov. 23, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Purdue junior Caden Shields completed the Boilermakers' cross country season on Monday, posting a personal 10K record and one of the top national showings in school history at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Shields finished 132nd overall in the 10K race, crossing the line in 31:13.8 to top his previous best from this year's regional championship by just over seven seconds. The time is the second-fastest 10K in school history run in Indiana, and the sixth-fastest Purdue effort at the NCAA Championship race. Shields was the first Boilermaker to compete at the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships since Bob Stolz in 1987, and the first of either gender since Lindsay Zinn's national appearance in 2005.
Oklahoma State University captured the overall team title with 127 points, topping Oregon by 16, while Liberty University junior Samuel Chelanga won the individual title with a time of 28:41.3. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin was the top-finishing conference squad in the race, taking seventh with 321 points, while Minnesota senior Hassan Mead was the top individual in 16th place with a time of 29:50.7.
Shields and the rest of the Boilermaker men's and women's cross country teams return to action in January, joining forces with the track and field squads for the 2010 indoor season.