Sept. 12, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue cross country teams are set to have a home meet on Friday. It will be the first time since 2010 that the Boilermakers have hosted a meet. The Boilermakers welcome Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State for the Big Ten Preview meet.
“We’re excited to host a cross country meet on our home course for the first time in three years,” Purdue distance coach Dave Hartman said. “That alone is exciting for our student-athletes and spectators. We will finally be able to host a cross country meet at home for them and that alone is exciting. This meet will really allow us to see where we are at this point in the season, especially against some strong teams from the Big Ten. This will give us some experience running our home course, the same course that will host the Big Ten Championships in a couple months, against some of the league. It is still very early in the season, so we want to get out there and keep getting better.”
Friday’s meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET with the women’s 6k and the men’s 8k to follow at 6:45 p.m. at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. The course was redesigned this year after road construction cut through the old design. A course map for the men’s 8k and women’s 6k can be found at the top of the page.
On the men’s side, the Boilermakers are scheduled to run 20 individuals, including last season’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Matthew McClintock. Friday will be his first race of the season as McClintock did not compete in the season-opening Michigan Invite two weeks ago. Caleb Kerr, Brett Klosterhoff and Tate Schienbein are also scheduled to run. Klosterhoff took the top spot for Purdue at the Michigan Invite despite missing all of 2012-13 with an injury after posting a 5k time of 15:57.81. Klosterhoff has not run an 8k since the Big Ten Cross Country Championships in 2011.
Four freshmen will also compete on the men’s side. Vincent Cicale, Ben Eaton, Alex Milner and Danny Williams are scheduled to run. Williams competed at the Michigan Invite and took eighth place with a time of 16:12.26.
On the women’s side, the Boilermakers will be led by Blair Doney, Sharise Lund and Dana Payonk. Doney finished first for Purdue at the Michigan Open with a time of 18:27.24 while Lund was second for the Boilermakers after crossing the finish line in 18:29.47. Autumn Beachy, Katie Hoevet and Kristen Fritts are also among the 20 women’s scheduled to compete for Purdue. Beachy’s best 6k time last season was 21:30 while Hoevet has not yet competed in a 6k. Fritts will also run her first career 6k on Friday.
Five Purdue freshmen are slated to run on the women’s side. Alyssa Christoffer, Cailey Daluga, Kiara McIntosh, Brynn Olinger and Hope Schmelzle are expected to compete. McIntosh finished 15th overall in her first career race while Daluga was 24th at the Michigan Open. Olinger took 12th at that race while Schmelzle was 22nd. All five of the freshmen will compete in their first career 6k on Friday evening.
Admission to the Big Ten Preview is free and parking will be available in lots directly adjacent to the course. Results and interviews will be posted to PurdueSports.com following the completion of the men’s race.