Oct. 2, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Matthew McClintock picked up his second conference award after as many meets for the Boilermakers on Tuesday. The Big Ten Conference office announced that the freshman is this week's Big Ten Runner of the Week.
McClintock earns the award after taking the top spot at the 40th Annual Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational. There, the Athens, Maine, native took the top overall finish in a field of nearly 500 runners. Included in the field was a talented bunch from Big Ten power Wisconsin. McClintock ran a time of 24:32 in the 8,000-meter race, 26 seconds better than his previous best which he ran at the Indiana Intercollegiates. McClintock also won Big Ten Runner of the Week after that performance.
The Purdue freshman helped the Boilermakers finish third overall at the meet.
The Boilermakers have now earned three Big Ten Runner of the Week awards after just three meets. Samantha Walkow was the first to earn the honor for the women's team after winning the Valparaiso Crusader Invitational. McClintock then won the award after the Indiana Intercollegiates, Sept. 18., and again this week. Of the five weeks the award has been given this year, McClintock is one of just two freshmen to win and the only harrier with multiple honors.
McClintock is the third Boilermaker man in program history to win the Big Ten Runner of the Week award after consecutive races, though McClintock's wins were not in back-to-back weeks. Donnie Fellows was the first to do it as he achieved the feat in 2000. Kyle Orender also pulled off the accomplishment in 2002. Orender holds the Purdue record for Big Ten Runner of the Week awards with three in a season and for his career. Geoff Flemming, Fellows, and now McClintock have two apiece.
The Boilermakers have the weekend off and will return to action on Oct. 12 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite.