The Crusaders totaled 452 points among their five scoring runners for the 17th-place showing. Michigan State won the team championship with 76 points.
Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) paced the Valpo contingent, placing 22nd with a time of 18:16 over the 6K course. Sara Christensen (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) was the next Crusader across the finish line, coming home in 19:25, good for 111th place.
Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) finished the race in 19:34, finishing 118th, while Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) placed 127th with a time of 19:44. Whitney Bowman (Portage, Ind./Portage [Purdue]) rounded out the Crusader scorers with a time of 19:45 to finish 129th.
Valparaiso returns to action in two weekends at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute. The women’s race is slated for a 10 a.m. CDT start time.