Former Madison High standout runner earns All-American status at Purdue

Posted Nov. 25, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 25, 2013, at 3:29 p.m.
Matthew McClintock
Purdue University
Matthew McClintock

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Former Madison High School running star Matthew McClintock earned All-American status on Saturday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The sophomore from Athens, Maine, finished 37th in a field of 254.

“Matt did a superb job,” head coach Lonnie Greene said Saturday in a news release. “The course was tough, muddy and wet, and it was very cold. He got in a battle and was fighting the whole way. I was really proud of how he competed today.”

McClintock began the race in the middle-front pack. He hung around the top 60 for most of the way, before starting to make his move over the last 3,000 meters. McClintock fought all the way up to 31st before finishing 37th. The top 40 finishers earn All-American honors. McClintock is the first Purdue cross-country All-American since 1987, when Robert Stolz earned the honor.

McClintock finished with a time of 30 minutes, 44.2 seconds. That time would be the sixth-fastest NCAA Championships 10K in Purdue history, ahead of his last of 30:45.1 from a year ago, but the start line was moved forward 110 meters, so it cannot be counted in the records.

The sloppy conditions, though, make the time very impressive.

“The course was so difficult,” Greene said. “Matt had to adapt to the race and the conditions and the conditions were brutal. He was able to continue moving up the entire race. At the end of the day, he did a good job.”

Lake Region star heading to Albany

BDN All-Maine first-team selection Tiana-Jo Carter of Lake Region High School in Naples has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Albany and play basketball for the Great Danes.

Carter, a 6-foot-2 senior center, averaged 12.1 points, 19.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game last season while leading Lake Region to its second straight berth in the Class B state final.

Albany is a member of America East and plays the University of Maine twice during the regular season.

Eight commit to UMaine softball

Eight players have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the University of Maine softball team and will start attending the university next fall, head coach Lynn Coutts announced in a news release Thursday.

The players are Rachel Carlson of Tampa, Fla.; Sarah Coyne of Newtown, Pa.; Julianna Ferguson of Sandwich, Mass.; Molly Flowers of East Haven, Conn.; Faythe Goins of Elgin, S.C.; Anne Kennedy of Rocky Point, N.Y.; Erika Leonard of Rocky Hill, Conn.; and Kristen Niland of Upton, Mass.

Carlson, an outfielder, helped lead her 2013 Freedom High School team to its first ever appearance in the state championship, while Coyne, a second baseman and outfielder, helped lead her 2011 team to a league title.

Ferguson, a shortstop and third baseman, is a three-time Boston Globe Player of the Week. Flowers, a pitcher, led her high school to a 2011 South Carolina State Championship and a 2009 Pony National Championship.

Goins, a third baseman and first baseman, hit .737 with a .795 on-base percentage and a 1.070 slugging percentage in her junior year.

Kennedy, a utility player, hit .453 with 29 RBI and four home runs in her junior season. She also tossed 135 innings with 160 strikeouts.

Leonard, a shortstop and outfielder, helped lead the 2012 Rocky Hill high school team to a state championship in 2012.

Niland, an infielder, hit .492 in her junior season with eight home runs, 20 extra-base hits while driving in 32.

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