Nov. 8, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Madison, Wis., for the Great Lakes Regionals on Friday. The Boilermakers are ranked 11th on the men’s side and 12th for the women in the region.
“We are eagerly anticipating Friday’s race,” assistant coach Dave Hartman said. “For some of our team, it may be the conclusion of the season. We are competing for a chance to keep competing. This competition, along with the Big Ten Championships, is something we have looked forward to and prepared for all season. I am anticipating going out there and seeing them perform in a championship environment once again. I’m excited to see how we have improved and see how we can do on this stage. This is our chance to try to advance to nationals, our first step to see how we have improved and I am looking forward to it.”
Matthew McClintock will lead the men’s team into Friday’s race. The freshman has been the top finisher for the team in each of the five races he has run. He also was recently named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after his eighth place finish at the conference meet. Johnnie Guy has been the number two runner for the Boilermakers all season long. Also a freshman, Guy has three top 10 finishes on the season. Caleb Kerr has been a consistent third runner for Purdue. Kerr has two top 10 finishes in his rookie year.
Andy Mack, Allan Appiah, Steven Stoot, and Tyler Wynn will also run for Purdue. Mack has improved in each race this season and has three top 30 finishes including one top 10. Appiah has also seen his time get better from race to race and has a top 15 finish. Stoot has raced four times this season including at the Big Ten Championships. Stoot ran a season best by more than 40 seconds his last time out. Wynn has raced five times and has a top 15 finish.
On the women’s side, eight Boilermakers will make the trip to Wisconsin. Samantha Walkow and Kelly McCurdy have been the top finishers for Purdue most of the season. McCurdy has run just three races this season, but was the top finisher at the Big Ten Championships and also finished 12th at the Sean Earl Invite. Walkow is a two-time Big Ten Runner of the Week this season and has also run just three times. She finished 43rd at Big Tens two weeks ago.
Dana Payonk and Autumn Beachy have been solid in the middle of the lineup for Purdue. Beachy has a pair of top 15 finishes this season. Payonk finished second for the Boilermakers at the Big Ten Championships and has two top five finishes this season. Laura Maibuecher, Sharise Lund, and Haley Goers will also run for Purdue. Maibuecher has three top 40 finishes including a top 15 in her freshman season. Lund has three top 50 finishes on the year. Goers has raced four times this season and has a pair of top 30s.
Wisconsin is the top team in the region on the men’s side. Michigan and Indiana are ranked second and third, respectively. On the women’s side, Michigan is the top team in the division while Michigan State is ranked second. Toledo is ranked third.
The women’s 6,000-meter run is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET. The men’s 10k will follow at 2:15 p.m. This will be the first 10,000-meter run for the Purdue men this season.