Freshman Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) broke her own school record with a 6K time of 22:04.3, leading Valpo to a 19th place finish in the 32-team NCAA Great Lakes Region Cross Country Championship Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.
Freshman Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) ran a school-record 22:08.5 to finish in fourth place at the 6K Mid-Continent Conference Championships, leading Valpo to a third-place finish Saturday at Sunset Hills Farm.
Behind top-six finishes from Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest H.S.) and Rachael Button (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington H.S.), Valparaiso earned a runner-up finish at the Evansville Invitational on Saturday.
Led by Laura Rolf's (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest H.S.) 12th place effort, Valparaiso earned an 11th place finish as a team in the gold division of the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.
Led by four runners in the top-14, Valparaiso's women's cross country team opened the 2005 season in impressive fashion on Friday afternoon, placing second out of eight teams at the Crusader Invitational held at Sunset Hills Farm.
After finishing third at last year's Mid-Continent Conference Championships, the Valparaiso University women's cross country team has been picked to place fourth this upcoming season in the preseason poll as voted upon by the league's head coaches.
Valparaiso University will host the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on October 29 while also competing in seven other races during the upcoming season as head coach Mike Straubel has announced his fall schedule.