Oct. 17, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker cross country team will compete at the NCAA Pre-Nationals race on Saturday, its last race before the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 3. The race is hosted by Indiana State and will be run on LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The Purdue men are scheduled to compete in the 8k at 11 a.m. while the women will run in the 6k at 11:40 on Saturday.
“We look forward to racing against some of the best teams in the nation,” Purdue distance coach Dave Hartman said. “It will give us a good perspective of how we stand, not only in the Big Ten, but also in the region and on the NCAA national level.”
The best in the country will be on hand as teams ranging from Princeton to Colorado and Indiana, Florida State, Tulsa and others are scheduled to compete. The Boilermakers will send their best as two-time 2013 Big Ten Runner of the Week Matthew McClintock will lead the men and Blair Doney will lead the women.
On the men’s side, Caleb Kerr, Steven Stoot, Jake Waterman and Tate Schienbein will be among those to run alongside McClintock. The Boilermakers have prepared for the back half of the schedule by building endurance early, and recently working on speed. The men will have an opportunity to see where they stand against the Big Ten one final time as at least four other teams from the conference are scheduled to compete.
On the women’s side, Sharise Lund, Brynn Olinger, Linsey Daluga and Kristin Fritts are among those running with Doney and the Boilermakers. The women’s race may be even tougher as four teams that are ranked No. 1 in their region are scheduled to compete. Those teams are Georgetown, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Virginia.
The Boilermakers will have seven runners one the men’s and women’s sides in the Blue Race. The remaining runners will compete in the open race.
For more information about Saturday’s meet, go to http://www.gosycamores.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=65221&SPID=7268&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=15200&ATCLID=205754160.