Feb. 4, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Matthew McClintock was selected as a member of USA Junior National Cross Country Team after he finished third at the USA Cross Country Junior Championships in St. Louis on Saturday.
McClintock’s bronze medal performance was completed in a time of 24:51.9. The top six individuals in the race were selected to the national team. McClintock joins one other Big Ten harrier on the national team. Malachy Schrobilgen of the University of Wisconsin was selected after finishing second in the race, just 0.7 second ahead of the Boilermaker freshman. Craig Nowak of Oklahoma State won the race with a time of 24:47.0.
Darren Fahy of Georgetown finished fourth in the race. Thomas Graham of Stanford finished fifth while Andrew Gardner finished sixth to round out the qualifiers for the US National Team. Tate Schienbein also ran in the race from Purdue. He finished 31st with a time of 25:57.4.
“We’re very pleased with Matt’s performance at the Junior National Championships,” assistant cross country coach Dave Hartman said. “For him to have an opportunity to represent himself and Purdue University at the World Cross Country Championships is a tremendous achievement. It was an extremely windy, cold morning in St. Louis and Matt had to gut out the adverse conditions to put himself in position to qualify. We’re proud of how both Matt and Tate competed.”
The six national team qualifiers will compete at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on March 24th this year.
McClintock adds this achievement to an already stellar freshman cross country campaign. In the fall, McClintock was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He finished eighth at the conference meet and then again at the Great Lakes Regional meet. The latter qualified him for the NCAA Championships, the first harrier from Purdue to do so since 2009. There, he finished 103rd with the sixth fastest NCAA Championships time in Purdue history.