Nov. 1, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s and women’s cross country teams are in action this weekend as they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the Hoosier Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday.
“Were looking forward to tomorrow’s competition as it give some of our athletes who did not compete at Big Tens an opportunity to develop and show how hard they have been working this fall,” assistant coach Dave Hartman said. “They have a chance to sharpen their skills and get some quality race experience.”
The men’s team is taking six members to the meet. Harlow Ladd and Robert Pollock are among the four freshmen making the trip. Stefan Harry and Sam Hoffman are the other two rookies. Dan Porter, a junior, and Joshua Haase, a sophomore, will also make the trip though neither was on the Purdue cross country team last season.
Haase has competed three times this season with a season-best finish coming at the Crusader Open where he finished 19th. Ladd has also competed in three meets and has recorded two 22nd place finishes. Pollock has competed three times and had a season-best race at the Crusader Open. There, he finished 21st.
On the women’s side, the Boilermakers are taking 12 student-athletes. Kristen Fritts and Maria Paolillo are among those competing for Purdue. Karen Jensen and Alisha Kuehlenhoelter will also provide some depth for the Boilermakers at the invitational. Fritts has competed four times for Purdue this season and has a season-best finish of 17th which came at the Crusader Invitational. Paolillo has competed in three races this year. Her best came at the Indiana Intercollegiates where she finished seventh in the open race.
Jensen has competed in four races this season. She has a season-best finish of 16th which came at the Crusader Invitational. Alexis Uber will make her first appearance for the Boilermakers. The freshman has shown promise throughout the fall and will get her first chance to show herself on Friday.
The women’s 5k will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the men’s 8k to follow. There will not be team scoring at the meet. The Boilermakers will not send any of their competitors to the meet that will compete next week at regionals.