Sept. 4, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue cross country senior Samantha Walkow earned Big Ten recognition after her first race with the Old Gold and Black. Walkow was named the Big Ten Women’s Cross Country co-Runner of the Week after posting a time of 17:46.1 in the 5k at the Crusader Open.
Walkow earns the award alongside Penn State’s Rebekka Simko. Simko finished first at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals after running a time of 14:16 in the 4k. Walkow, on the other hand, helped lead a youthful Purdue squad to a first place finish in a five team field that included nationally ranked Notre Dame. The senior transfer got out to a nice lead and was able to hold off the Fighting Irish’s Meg Ryan down the stretch by just over two seconds. Walkow and Ryan were the only two runners to break the 18 minute mark at the meet.
Purdue, led by Walkow, finished with a team score of 27. That score propelled the Boilermakers to the first place overall finish ahead of second place Notre Dame which finished with 32 points.
Walkow is the first Boilermaker woman to earn the conference honor since Katie Conrad picked up the award on Oct. 13, 2009.
The Boilermakers return to action on Friday as the team travels to Peoria, Ill., to take part in the Bradley Open at 5:30 p.m. CT.