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Valpo Women Tabbed Fourth in Cross Country

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Valparaiso University's women's cross country team has been selected to finish fourth at the annual Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Championships according to the preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches.

Mike Straubel's Crusaders are coming off of a third place effort in 2003, the school's highest finish ever. Valpo tallied 41 points in the poll, trailing preseason favorite Southern Utah, Oakland, and Western Illinois. IUPUI was selected to finish fifth behind the Brown and Gold followed by UMKC and Oral Roberts. Chicago State and Centenary round out the poll.

The 2004 women's cross country championships will take place on October 30 in Rochester, Mich. Oakland will serve as the events host.

2004 Mid-Continent Conference Preseason Poll
Team Points
1. Southern Utah (7) - 63
2. Oakland (2) - 54
3. Western Illinois - 50
4. Valparaiso - 41
5. IUPUI - 38
6. UMKC - 28
7. Oral Roberts - 25
8. Chicago State - 16
9. Centenary - 9
(First place votes in parentheses)
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
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
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