Junior Liz Bloy paced the Crusader pack for the third straight meet as the Valparaiso women's cross country team finished in 19th place in Friday afternoon at the Joe Piane Invitational in Notre Dame. The 5k time was her fastest of the 2015 season thus far. Meanwhile, the men's team finished in 102nd place, led by junior Adam Bruno's 26:35.4 result in the five-mile race.
Junior Dan Walters led the Valpo men's cross country team to a 4th-place finish in the Cedarville Friendship Invitational 8K on Saturday morning; Liz Bloy crossed the line at 19:35.3 in the women's 5K as she guided the Crusaders to a 9th-place result.
The Valparaiso men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons Friday with the Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm. Junior Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) put forth a strong showing, finishing in 12th place overall with a time of 19:33.0 in the women's 5K. Junior Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./University) paced the Crusaders with a 20:00.2 to post a 13th-place finish.
The 2015 men's and women's cross country schedules were approved for release Tuesday. The six-meet slate will see the Brown and Gold competing in five of the same competitions as in 2014. Valpo will again host the Crusader Open, scheduled for Friday, September 4th at Sunset Hills Farm.
The Crusaders cross country teams announced the winners of their team awards on Tuesday. Jessica Richardson and David Rutkowski were named MVP's, Liz Bloy and Nathan Gafkjen were awarded Most Improved, and the trio of Eileen Carmignani, Michael Salguero and Adam Bruno were selected as the Coach's Award recipients.
The Crusaders cross country teams concluded their seasons today in Madison, Wis. at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Adam Bruno and David Rutkowski both set the third-best in Valpo history as they crossed the tape in 32:53.