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Crusader Squad Poised for 2007 Season
Junior Laura Rolf looks to earn All-Region honors for the third consecutive year.
Junior Laura Rolf looks to earn All-Region honors for the third consecutive year.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Coming off of a runner-up finish in the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, the best league finish in program history, the Valparaiso women’s cross country team moves into the Horizon League with high aspirations for the 2007 campaign, led by one of the nation’s best runners in junior Laura Rolf.

Through two years at Valpo, Rolf has already put together a resume nearly unparalleled in Crusader history.  Last year, the junior kicked off the season with a win at Valpo’s Crusader Invitational, helping the Crusaders win the event by one point over Notre Dame.  The win was one of four top-three finishes for Rolf on the season.  Later in the season at the NCAA Pre-National meet, Rolf lowered her own school record in the 6K by an astounding 1:19.

Two weeks later, she broke her own 6K record again, running a 20:45.35 at the Mid-Con Championships, good for a third-place finish and a second straight First Team All-Conference honor.  Rolf went on to finish third at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, earning All-Region honors for the second consecutive year, and 41st at the NCAA National meet.  She continued her superb running during the indoor track season, picking up All-American accolades in the indoor mile.

Joining Rolf as a returning All-Conference runner is senior Rachael Button.  Button posted a fifth-place finish at the Crusader Invitational last season.  She surpassed her previous personal best in the 5K and moved into eighth place on Valpo’s all-time chart in the event, running an 18:24 at the Notre Dame Invitational.  Button went on to finish 12th at the Mid-Con Championships, earning Second Team All-Conference honors for the first time in her career.

Valpo will receive leadership from two other seniors as well.  Lisa Schroeck competed five times for the Crusaders last season, finishing 35th at the Mid-Con Championships, while Lauren McLaughlin returns for her final season after missing the entire 2006 campaign.  Alyssa Bradford, Rachel Howell, and Emily Thompson each return for their sophomore season after getting a year of collegiate experience under their belts in 2006.

The Crusaders also bring in seven newcomers to the cross country squad, from a variety of places.  Sara Christensen, Katie Krieter, and Windy Santa Cruz all join the team for the 2007 season after running track at Valpo last year.  Whitney Bowman and Caitlin Sauerhage will each be first-year Crusaders after transferring in from Purdue and Indiana, respectively.  Two first-year freshmen in Jorie Ballun and Katie Hennessey round out the 2007 squad.

Valparaiso’s schedule, as put together by 21st year head coach Mike Straubel, aims to have the Crusaders peaking for the Horizon League Championships.  Valpo will host the league championship meet in its first season as a member of the league on October 27 at Sunset Hills Farm.  The Crusaders will host the season-opening Crusader Open on September 7, and will compete at Boston College, Purdue, Notre Dame, Evansville and Indiana State throughout the season in preparation for the Horizon League Championships, NCAA Great Lakes Regional and the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo