Sept. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue cross country teams battled at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday. The Boilermakers took second place on the men’s and women’s sides.
“We went out with a specific plan today,” distance coach Dave Hartman said. “On the men’s side, we wanted to keep our top five to seven guys together for the first 5k to kind of pull everyone along. After that, I told them to do their thing. Matt McClintock was in about 20th after that 5k, and then he just started going. Mascari was a little too far ahead for Matt to catch, but he did a nice job. I didn’t think he could catch that many, but he did. For our ladies, IU got position at the start, but our goal was just to learn how to close. We did a pretty good job of that today. We had a good strategy on both side and both teams executed it exactly how we wanted.”
The men’s team finished in second place with 64 points, an improvement of two places and 28 points from last season. Matthew McClintock paced the Boilermakers with a second place finish and an 8k time of 25:04.88. McClintock was the top finisher from the Big Ten. The rest of the team did a nice job of staying with Hartman’s plan. Caleb Kerr finished 13th with a time of 25:41.30 while Steven Stoot was just behind him with a 14th place finish. Stoot’s time was 25:45.48. Tyler Wynn and Tate Schienbein finished 17th and 18th, respectively to round out the scoring for Purdue.
On the women’s side, Blair Doney was the top finisher for Purdue for the third-straight race. Doney finished fifth overall and was fourth among Big Ten runners, with a time of 18:11.70. The rest of the seven runners finished in near perfect order. Brynn Olinger was 11th overall with a time of 18:39.71 while Linsey Daluga finished 12th with a time of 18:44.74. Laura Maibuecher finished 13th with a time of 18:48.05 and Katie Hoevet was 15th after crossing the finish line in 18:49.94. Kristin Fritts took 16th and Michelle Potter finished 17th overall to wrap up the Purdue seven.
The women finished second with 55 points, the same spot they finished in last year.
The Boilermaker women also did a nice job in the open race. Kiara McIntosh finished fourth with a time of 19:21.80 and Taylor Jones was sixth with a time of 19:31.60. Cailey Daluga took eighth after posting a 19:38.59.
“I thought Kiara, Cailey and Taylor ran well,” said Hartman. “It was nice to have our girls be competitive in the open field because it is very competitive race. It really shows how we are improving as a group.”
Purdue returns to action on Oct. 4 at the Notre Dame Invitational.