Jan. 9, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue cross country coach Mike Poehlein today announced that the men's and women's cross country teams' mental attitude awards would be named after former Boilermaker greats Mike Bogenschutz and Andrea Marek. These awards are presented annually at the team's award banquet, which takes place at the conclusion of the cross country season.
"Both Andrea and Mike exemplified a sound mental attitude," said Poehlein. "They were two of the hardest working and tenacious athletes that I have ever been around, and always demonstrated good sportsmanship while out on the track."
Marek began her career at Purdue as a walk-on, but finished as the 1982 national champion in the 3,000-meter run. A native of Crown Point, Ind., Marek was a four-year letterwinner for the Purdue cross country and track and field squads, winning six Big Ten Championships and four All-America citations in the process. A two-time champion in the 1,500 meters in 1981 and 1982, Marek was a member of the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival North Team.
During her cross country career, the former team captain led the Boilermakers to Big Ten and regional titles in 1980. An academic all-Big Ten selection, Marek was selected to the cross country all district team in 1981, as well as team MVP.
Around the same time on the men's side, Mike Bogenschutz was leading Purdue's cross country and distance squads. From 1976 to 1980, Bogenschutz earned four varsity letters in both sports and at the conclusion of his tenure was nominated for the University's prestigious Red Mackey Award, which recognizes athletes who exemplify the overall success of Purdue's intercollegiate athletic programs.
The criteria for nomination includes "competitive spirit and positive attitude," "loyalty and self-discipline," "hard work for the best interest of the team" and "a willingness to help others"; all characteristics which epitomized Bogenschutz's career. The former team captain (1978-1979) also succeeded in the classroom, and was honored as an academic all-Big Ten selection several times for his efforts.
A two-time team MVP in 1978 and 1979, Bogenschutz ranks among the top Purdue cross country runners in several races, including second in the 10,000 meter run (Purdue Course - 30:37.00) behind his brother Tom (30:27.00). His time of 24:42.00 at the 1979 Big Ten Championships (8,000 meters) is the eighth-best in school history.