Nov. 23, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Matthew McClintock earned All-America status on Saturday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The sophomore finished 37th in a field of 254.
“Matt did a superb job today,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “The course was tough, muddy and wet, and it was very cold. He got in a battle and was fighting the whole way. I was really proud of how he competed today.”
McClintock began the race in the middle-front pack. He hung around the top 60 for most of the way, before starting to make his move over the last 3,000-meters. McClintock fought all the way up to 31st, before finishing 37th. The top 40 finishers earn All-America honors. McClintock is the first Purdue cross country All-American since 1987 when Robert Stolz earned the honor.
“Kudos to assistant coach Dave Hartman,” added Greene. “He did an outstanding job to get Matt All-American, our first since 1987. That’s a big move for the program. Matt was mad he didn’t finish even better, and that shows the direction of this program. It shows we have guys expecting to be among the best in the country and that’s what you need to be a successful program.”
McClintock finished with a time of 30:44.2. That time would be the sixth-fastest NCAA Championships 10k time in program history, ahead of his last of 30:45.1 from a year ago, but the start line was moved forward 110m, so it cannot be counted in the records. The sloppy conditions, though, make the time very impressive.
“The course was so difficult,” Greene said. “Matt had to adapt to the race and the conditions and the conditions were brutal. He was able to continue moving up the entire race. At the end of the day, he did a good job.”
McClintock was the only Boilermaker to compete, as he qualified with a second-place finish at the regional last weekend. He is just the second Boilermaker to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 2009 when Caden Shields qualified, not counting his own appearance last year.
“When you come to NCAAs as individual, the only important thing is a top-40 finish and earning an All-America nod. He did that. He went to the national championships came out as an All-American.”
The race wrapped up the cross country season for the Boilermakers. The turnaround before the indoor track season is short, though, as the Boilermakers open with the SIU Invite on Dec. 7. The 2013 Purdue cross country season had plenty of highlights and was overall successful.
“All kudos to Coach Hartman,” said Greene. “He did an outstanding job. We continued to get better all season. Our goal first of all was move up in the Big Ten. We did that. Then, it was to advance the team score and individuals to NCAAs and we were able to do so with Matt. He finished as an All-American, so at end of day, I’m truly grateful and humbled. We’ve done an outstanding job as a team. Overall, it was a great cross country season. Now, it’s back to the drawing board and we need to get ready for indoor and outdoor track season.”