Benner, Carpenter Set to Run at NCAAs
Nov. 18, 2016

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Emma Benner and Jaret Carpenter are set to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Benner will compete in the women’s 6,000-meter race at 11 a.m. ET, while Carpenter will run in the men’s 10,000-meter race at noon. Both races will be contested on LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Benner and Carpenter both finished seventh at the Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wisconsin, last week. The freshmen, both from Minnesota, were the top freshman finishers in their respective race and both earned an automatic bid to the championships.

The two bids make it two straight years for Purdue to have a man and woman qualify for the NCAA Championships. Last year, it was Matthew McClintock and Hope Schmelzle. The men have had at least one individual in the NCAA Championships for five straight years. Benner is the fifth woman in school history to qualify, joining Schmelzle, Lindsay Zinn (2005), Amber Ferner (2004) and Becky Cotta (1982).

Benner is one of five freshman women in the country to individually qualify. She joins Anny Bothma of Coastal Carolina, Hannah Miller of SMU, Aubrey Roberts of Northwestern and Winny Koech of UTEP. Carpenter is one of five freshman men to qualify, joining Kenny Vasbiner of Columbia, Stanley Limo of Louisiana-Lafayette, Conor Lundy of Princeton and Andrew Marston of Villanova.

Benner and Carpenter were the only freshman pair in the country to individually qualify.

Benner is slated to start in box 4 in the women’s race, while Carpenter will start in box 1 in the men’s race.

The top 40 finishers in both races earn All-America honors. Benner is looking to become the first Purdue woman to earn All-America honors since 1982 when Becky Cotta did so, and just the second in program history. Cotta finished 13th in the 5,000-meter 1982 championships. Carpenter will try to be the ninth different All-American in program history and first since McClintock earned the honors three years in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Purdue men have earned a total of 12 All-America honors in cross country.

Saturday’s race will be streamed live on FloTrack (pay-per-view). Live results with also be available. Both links are available at the top of the page.




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