Cross Country To Battle Nation's Best

Oct. 13, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's cross country teams have a pair of meets this weekend highlighted by what will prove to be this season's toughest race to date, the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, on Friday. The Boilermakers will also send the runners who do not compete Friday to Sunday's Pre-Nationals Race in Terre Haute, Ind.

In the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, 39 teams are scheduled to compete in the men's meet. Of those 39, 20 are ranked in the top 30 nationally in the latest United States Track And Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Also in the field are nine of the 12 Big Ten teams. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, and Minnesota are in the field from the conference. Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin also join Purdue to represent the league.

The hosting Badgers are currently the No. 2 team in the nation and hold the top spot in the Great Lakes Region. The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal also are in the field. Brigham Young will compete and is ranked No. 6 while the Hoosiers are No. 7. Rounding out the top 10 nationally for the field are North Carolina State at No. 9 and Oregon at No. 10. A full list of the field can be found here.

On the women's side, 42 teams make up the field for the 1 p.m. CT 6K race. Of those, 19 are ranked in the top 30 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The Big Ten has 10 teams represented in the meet. Most are the same as from the men's field, except Michigan will not race while Iowa and Northwestern will take part.

The top two teams in the country are also in the field as Villanova boasts the top spot and Providence is No. 2. The sixth ranked Stanford Cardinal will make the trip from Palo Alto, Calif., as will No. 7 New Mexico from the Mountain West Conference. Syracuse, Iowa State, and California round out the teams in the top 10 that will be in attendance at Friday's race as they hold the No. 8, No. 9, and No. 10 spots, respectively, in the nation. A complete list of the field can be found by clicking here.

Purdue will run Cale Allen, Stephen Schulz, Charles White, Scott Lasiter, Ladd Mercer, Rob Stewart, and Brett Klosterhoff on the men's side. For the women, Jenny Caddick, Kara Conflenti, Blair Doney, Dana Payonk, Kelly McCurdy, Linsey Daluga, and Stephanie Bonk will run for the Old Gold and Black.

Sunday's Pre-Nationals race also boasts a tough field. Purdue will send seven men and four women to the meet. Dominic DeSantis, Allan Appiah, Connor Geshay, Andy Mack, Blake Mills, Simon Rogers, and Christopher Surfus will run on the men's side. For the women, it will be Kayla McCurdy, Maria Paolillo, Katie Conrad, and Autumn Beachy.

Friday's action is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT starting with the women's 6K race. The men's 8K will follow at 1:40. Results can be found live by clicking here. Sunday's meet will begin at 11 a.m. ET. First will be the men's 8K followed by the women's 6K 11:40. The Pre-National results can also be found at




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