Sept. 19, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue cross country team will battle for state supremacy on Friday. The Boilermakers head to Bloomington to compete in the Indiana Intercollegiates, which includes nearly every college and university from the Hoosier State.
“We’re looking forward to the next gauge of our fitness as we progress towards the championship portion of our season,” distance coach Dave Hartman said. “It’s always exciting for our athletes to reunite rivalries that date back to high school junior high days as the majority of the state will be represented.”
Friday will begin with an open men’s 8k and women’s 5k starting at 3:30 p.m. The women’s championship 5k will begin at 4:30 p.m. while the men’s 8k is scheduled for 5:15.
More than 750 runners are expected to compete on Friday including 24 Boilermakers, 12 men and 12 women. Matthew McClintock returns to the course after winning last week’s Big Ten Preview with a time of 24:41.8. He, Caleb Kerr, Steven Stoot and Tate Schienbein look to help the men improve upon last season’s fourth place finish.
On the women’s side, Blair Doney looks to continue her strong start to the season. The Eagle, Wis., native has been the top finisher for the Boilermakers in each of the first two races. The Daluga sisters, Linsey and Cailey, will also compete alongside Kristin Fritts, Sharise Lund and others. The women finished second at last year’s race.
All of Friday’s action will take place at the IU Championship Cross Country Course. Full results will be available upon completion of the men’s race.