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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers head to the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Friday. The men’s and women’s teams will compete for a spot in the NCAA Championships as a team, as well as individuals. Friday’s action begins at 11:15 a.m. ET at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course with the women’s 6,000-meter race. The men’s 10k will follow at 12:15.
Purdue has had at least one man qualify for the NCAA Championships each of the last five years, while the women have had at least one both of the last two seasons. Jaret Carpenter and Emma Benner were the Boilermakers to qualify a year ago.
On the men’s side, the Boilermakers are coming off their best Big Ten finish in 31 years after the team placed fifth. The Boilermakers are currently the fourth-ranked team in the region, behind nationally ranked foes Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The team is looking to improve upon its sixth-place finish at the meet a year ago.
The women’s team is coming off a ninth place finish at the Big Ten meet and is ranked 10th in the region. The women look to improve upon their seventh-place finish at the meet from last season.
Carpenter, a sophomore, and freshman Curt Eckstein lead the men’s squad. Carpenter was a first team all-Big Ten selection two weeks ago, while Eckstein was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after placing 16th. Jacob Hanawalt was a top-30 finisher at the conference meet, while Ben Anderson was in the top 40. Both juniors bring experience to Purdue’s regional lineup. Seniors Levi Taylor, Jeremy Craven and Cole Hester are back for one final shot at the regional meet, while Theo Burgwald also makes the trip.
The men’s 10k features 30 teams and has 268 individuals competing.
On the women’s side, second team all-Big Ten selection Benner, a sophomore, looks to earn another berth in the national championships. She placed seventh at the regional meet last season. Mary Abramson, Alyssa Christoffer, Jenna Halderman and Grace Lachmund have are among the other Boilermakers competing who have been the main contributors this season. All five were scorers at the Big Ten meet two weeks ago. Gabrielle Broschard, Megan Slamkowski and Rachel Yuska are also among the travel group.
The women’s 6k features 33 teams and has 297 individuals competing.
Fans can follow results from Friday’s races on Twitter @PurdueTrackXC. There is also a live results link on the schedule page. A live pay-per-view video stream will also be available via FloTrack. That link is also available on the schedule page and at the top of the page.