OA’s Eckstein Commits To Run Cross Country At Purdue University

Posted On December 15, 2016

By Travis Thayer


Oldenburg Academy’s Curt Eckstein has committed to run cross country at Purdue University. Photo credit Oldenburg Academy Athletics.

(Oldenburg, Ind.) – Oldenburg Academy’s first-ever boys cross country state champion will soon be running off to a Big Ten university.

Curt Eckstein won the IHSAA Boys Cross Country Individual State Championship on October 29 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.

According to Oldenburg Academy principal and athletic director Brian McFee, Eckstein has committed to continue his cross country career at Purdue University. The announcement was made in November.

During the aforementioned state championship, Eckstein finished well ahead of the pack with a time of 15:13.3. Hamilton Southeastern’s Gabe Fendel, finished second overall in 15:40.7.

Eckstein was also named the winner of the Charles F. Maas Boys Mental Attitude Award. In order to win the award, student-athletes must be nominated by their coach and school principal, and must demonstrate mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in cross country by the IHSAA Executive Committee.

At Purdue, Eckstein plans to study Engineering. Curt is the son of Dave and Judy Eckstein, of Batesville.