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Carpenter, Duncan Earn Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award





WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University senior cross country and track & field runner Jaret Carpenter and senior soccer player Maddy Duncan were named Purdue’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019-20 academic year, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday.


Carpenter and Duncan were recognized for their sportsmanship, ethical behavior and contributions in competition, the classroom and the community. The Outstanding Sportsmanship Award honors those who are fair and respectful to their opponent, are enthusiastic about the game, enjoy playing it and, win or lose, do their absolute best at all times.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as an Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner,” Carpenter said. “Boilermaker student-athletes take great pride and go to extensive lengths to assure that their character and integrity is representative of Purdue as a whole.”

“I am honored to have been chosen as Purdue’s sportsmanship honoree,” Duncan said. “The definition of sportsmanship is the fair and generous behavior or treatment of others. I have always tried to model that behavior, whether I was the starter, the sub or the injured athlete. You can’t always control the game, but you can control your role in it.”

Carpenter is the third cross country runner to be named Purdue’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner and the second from the men’s team, while Duncan is the second soccer player.

Beginning in 2003, one member of each varsity sports team at each Big Ten school is chosen by the institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree and, from each university’s list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners are selected. Student-athletes who receive the Sportsmanship Award have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior, must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

A total of 28 honorees – two student-athletes from each university – were named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019-20 academic year. The recipients were selected from a group of 270 student-athletes recognized in 2019-20 who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

Carpenter had a record-setting senior season. He finished 10th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the best finish by a Boilermaker since 1949, and became the 10th All-American in program history, including the second since 1987. He was named the Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, the second time a Purdue runner has earned the award. Carpenter also was recognized with USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, All-Big Ten First Team and Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Last week, he was named one of Purdue’s two recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

A Wayzata, Minnesota, native, Carpenter was one of two Boilermakers to break the school record in the indoor mile, with his time of 4:02.65 ranking No. 2 in program history. Additionally, he ran the third-fastest 10,000-meter NCAA Regional time in team history (30:15.3) and the third-fastest 8,000-meter Big Ten Championship time (24:03.5). In his career, Carpenter owns three track & field school records, two set indoors (2019) and one outdoors (2018), and is in the top-six in program history in 10 total events. He also collected outdoor All-America honors in 2018, in addition to the 2019 cross country recognition.

Duncan played in eight matches in 2019 with one start. A two-year captain, she contributed to Boilermaker victories over Indiana, No. 19-ranked Iowa, Iowa State, DePaul and Toledo last season to help guide Purdue to a Big Ten Tournament berth, its second in three years. Duncan started and played 27 minutes in the win at Indiana as the Boilermakers rallied for a 2-1 win to secure the Golden Boot for a fifth consecutive year and position the team for a postseason appearance.

A forward/defender from Danville, California, Duncan played in 50 career games and logged 1,721 minutes. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and graduated from Purdue this spring with a degree in management and a minor in human resource management.