Purdue University President France A. Córdova and Purdue University Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon were among the more than 400 individuals that participated in the Fall Frolic/Jennie Hamilton Memorial 4 Mile Run/1.5 Wellness Walk on Sunday on the campus of Purdue Calumet.
“This was a special year for several reasons,” said PUC Fitness Center Director John Bobalik. “It was the first time that the university’s chancellor actually participated in the four-mile run and Chancellor Keon finished with energy to spare. We also had a special appearance from President Córdova, who made the trip from West Lafayette.”
Steve Burgain, the 2011 Spring Fling champion, claimed the men’s title with a time of 22:33.4, followed closely by masters’ champion Rick Fenno (22:50.4). The Purdue Calumet men’s cross country team had a strong showing, claiming three of the top 15 spots overall. Rodney Watson led the charge with a time of 23:40 en route to a fifth-place finish and top PUC male student honors, while Henry Muro and Stephen Bajzatt were eighth and 13th respectively.
Melissa Hardesty was the women’s champion, crossing the line in 24:13.9. Five-time Fall Frolic champion, Karen Nagel, finished second with a time of 25:17 to win the PUC women’s staff division. Chris Wickard took home the masters’ crown on the women’s side with a time of 26:23.1, while Peregrines’ cross country team member Kristen Stapay (32:11) was the top student finisher.
The event, which featured 389 runners and 55 walkers, benefits Purdue Calumet’s Jennie Hamilton Endowed Scholarship fund, which is in honor of the 2003 Purdue Calumet graduate who died in a 2006 accident while training for the Ironman triathlon. The scholarship is awarded annually to a nursing or fitness management student, who carries a cumulative grade-point average above 3.0.