Sept. 13, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue cross country teams are back in action this week as they head to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Indiana Intercollegiates. The Boilermaker men won the event last season.
“This meet will be another opportunity for us to gauge where we are at this early juncture in the season,” assistant coach Dave Hartman said. “I’m excited to see how our student-athletes respond over the longer distance. It will be the first time that some of the freshmen men have run a competitive 8k.”
The men’s race will be an 8,000-meter run while the women’s race will be 5,000 meters at The LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Family Sports Center. A total of 28 schools will compete in each the men’s and women’s races. Indiana, Butler, and Indiana State highlight the field alongside the Boilermakers. Indiana is ranked second in the region on the men’s side and sixth for the women. Butler is seventh in men’s and women’s while Indiana State is 11th in men’s and 12th for the women in the great Lakes Region. Purdue’s men’s squad is 12th in the region while the women are 10th. The only major team not to compete from Indiana is Notre Dame.
On the men’s side, Purdue will run 12 individuals, though only nine can compete in the championship race. Matthew McClintock will be back on the course after winning his first career race two weeks ago at Valparaiso. The freshman ran a time of 18:54.8 in the 6k. Classmate Johnnie Guy finished second two weeks ago and will also be back on the course for Purdue. Andy Mack and Allan Appiah compete as two of the more experienced harriers on the team. Both competed in the Crusader Open. Steven Stoot will make his first appearance for the Old Gold and Black. Stoot provides more depth and experience to the Purdue men’s squad.
On the women’s side, 12 individuals will compete for the Boilermakers, though nine can only compete in the championship race as well. Samantha Walkow is scheduled to run in the championship 5k. Walkow was named Big Ten co-Runner of the Week after winning her first career race for Purdue two weeks ago at the Crusader Open. There, the senior ran a time of 17:46.1. Dana Payonk and Autumn Beachy will look to build off of the solid races they ran at Valparaiso. The two finished with identical times and took fourth and fifth place, respectively. Blair Doney and Linsey Daluga will also compete and add some experience to the Purdue lineup. The women will run a more experienced group this week as just three freshmen will compete.
The open race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. The women’s 5k will follow at 4:30 p.m. while the men’s 8k will begin at 5:15 p.m. Results and a full recap will be posted at PurdueSports.com following the men’s race.