WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The 2014 Purdue men’s and women’s cross country teams open their season on Friday at the Belmont Opener. The Boilermakers will travel 14 men and 14 women to the race in Nashville, Tenn. The men’s race is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and the women will follow at 6.
Matthew McClintock, a 2013 All-American, is set to lead the men’s team in the 5,000-meter race. McClintock has never raced a 5k on the cross country course and his shortest race last season was an 8k. Caleb Kerr and Tate Schienbein will run alongside McClintock on Friday. Kerr ran one 5k last season at the Michigan Invite, where he took third overall with a time of 15:57.98.
Two newcomers will make their Purdue debuts on Friday on the men’s side. Freshman David Dalton and sophomore Bryan Hester are scheduled to compete. Dalton, from Greenwood, Ind., was a finalist for Footlocker All-American and finished runner-up as a senior at the Indiana High School Cross Country State Championship. Hester came to Purdue this fall after transferring from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
On the women’s side, Laura Maibuecher returns with the top 5k time from a season ago. She had a season-best of 18:23.5 at the Notre Dame Invite in 2013. Sharise Lund, Michelle Potter and Kristin Fritts are also scheduled to compete after running top-10 team times last season. The women return a solid group of experienced harriers. Hope Schmelzle is also scheduled to run after wrapping up her track season over the summer competed for the United States in the World Junior Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The women also have two newcomers scheduled to make their Boilermaker debuts. Gabrielle Broschard and Abigail Hostetler are among the 14 women scheduled to compete for Purdue. Broschard, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was a three time state qualifier in cross country, while Hostetler, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was a four-year cross country letterwinner and helped her team win a section title.
Purdue is one of 13 schools scheduled to compete in Friday’s races. Vanderbilt, Kentucky and the University of Alabama-Birmingham are among the other teams listed. The races will take place at Percy Warner Park. Results for the race can be found here www.cfpitiming.com.