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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 am

PFW track, cross country teams get new leader

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Alex Carradine has been named director of the Purdue Fort Wayne cross country/track and field teams, Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton announced Tuesday.

“The cross country and track and field programs have already seen impressive growth and Alex has been a big part of that success,” Hartley Hutton said in a news release.

“He has the vision and experience required to continue that growth. I'm excited to watch the program take the next steps under his leadership.”

Carradine joined the Mastodons as an assistant in 2018. He helped recruit 27 athletes to the men's track and field roster when the program was resumed for the 2019-20 season.

The women's program broke 11 school records and had 21 all-time top-10 performances. In addition, 20 women will be joining the cross country and track teams this fall.

“I would like to thank Kelley Hartley Hutton and the entire administration for believing in this staff and giving me the opportunity to lead our men's and women's teams,” Carradine said in the release.

“Purdue University Fort Wayne is a great institution that is committed to academic and athletic excellence for all student-athletes. I could not be more excited to continue working toward the mission of building successful cross country and track programs.”

Before Purdue Fort Wayne, Carradine spent three years at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he worked with the jumps and multievent athletes. While with the Seahawks, he coached one NCAA East preliminary round qualifier, one Colonial Athletic Association Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year, six CAA individual champions, 17 All-CAA individual track and field performances and 25 North Carolina Wilmington all-time top-10 performances.

Carradine competed in the long jump and high jump at UNCW for four seasons before earning his bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2011.

He moved on to Texas A&M, where he was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for the Aggies and completed his master's in exercise physiology in College Station in 2013.

Carradine then accepted his first full-time coaching position as assistant women's track and field coach at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. He coached two NCAA Division II All-Americans and eight All-Midwest Region honorees.

Carradine replaces Ashley Bastron, who was instrumental in bringing back men's track and field. Bastron was with the Mastodons for a year and a half before resigning Friday to take a position with Wake Forest.

“The building blocks Ashley has put into place for the track and field and cross country programs at Purdue Fort Wayne will have impact for years to come,” Hartley Hutton said. “I wish her the best in her career and appreciate all she did while a Mastodon.”

The cross country teams will open the 2019 season Aug. 30 at Bowling Green's Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener.