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Crusader Women Open Season With Third-Place Finish
Grace Shemwell led Valpo on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Grace Shemwell led Valpo on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Valparaiso women’s cross country team kicked off the 2010 season Friday at Sunset Hills Farm with the Crusader Open for the 17th straight year, finishing in third place among the five competing teams.  Freshman Grace Shemwell (Clinton, Iowa/Clinton) led the Crusaders in her first collegiate race.

Shemwell covered the 5K course Friday in 19:17.84, good for a 12th place finish overall in the 46-runner field.  Right behind the rookie in 13th position was fifth-year senior Whitney Bowman (Portage, Ind./Portage [Purdue]), who just narrowly missed her career 5K time, crossing the line in 19:29.03.

Two other Crusader newcomers finished within the top-20, as Claire Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) placed 16th with a time of 19:33.07 and Nicole Zehel (Wixom, Mich./Lutheran Westland) came home in 19:58.47, finishing in 20th place.  Sophomore Haley Kerlin (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer) rounded out Valpo’s top-five runners with a 22nd place showing, completing the race in a career-best time of 20:00.97.

Valpo tallied 76 points for its third-place finish, outpacing IPFW and fellow Horizon League competitor Green Bay.  Notre Dame edged out Western Michigan for the team title, 27-28.  Western Michigan’s Sam Tomerlin took individual top honors, covering the course in 18:06.62.

Valparaiso returns to action in two weeks, as the Crusaders head to Michigan State to take part in the Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 17.

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
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Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler