Butler took the overall team title, sweeping the top five positions for a perfect score of 15 points. The Crusaders tallied 202 points on the afternoon, just five points behind seventh-place Wright State.
Fifth-year senior Chris Honig (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South [Indiana]) led the way Saturday for the Crusaders, placing 20th with a time of 26:22.40 over the eight-kilometer course. Jim Turchyn (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) was the next Valpo runner across the line, completing the race in 27:08.98, good for a 40th-place finish.
Bryan Gill (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) came home in 51st place for the Crusaders with a time of 27:23.70, while Leandro Schultz (Valley View, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) finished in 54th position with a time of 27:24.89. Tyler Toll (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) closed out the quintet of Crusader scorers, crossing the line in 27:25.03 for a 55th-place showing.
Valparaiso returns to the course in two weeks, traveling to West Lafayette to run in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The men’s race is scheduled for an 11:15 a.m. CST start.