Valparaiso University's Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine women's track and field/cross country Academic All-America Third Team, as voted on by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Bradford is the fourth Crusader athlete to earn Academic All-American honors this academic year.
A trio of Valparaiso seniors were honored Thursday as the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V women's cross country/track and field teams were released. Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) both earned First Team accolades, while Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek) was a Second Team selection.
Valparaiso cross country head coach Mike Straubel announced today that Claire Johnson, Grace Shemwell and Grace Watkins have all agreed to join the Crusader women's cross country and track squads as freshmen during the 2010-2011 school year.
Chris Bednarczyk (Westfield, Ind./Westfield), Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) represented the Valparaiso men's and women's cross country squads on the respective Horizon League Academic All-League teams.
The Valparaiso women's cross country squad placed five runners in the top-third of the field Saturday at Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn., helping the Crusaders to a sixth-place team finish.
Led by a 16th-place showing from Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago), the Valparaiso women's cross country team ran to a fourth-place finish Friday evening at the Crusader Open, contested at Sunset Hills Farm in Valparaiso.
While the Valparaiso women's cross country team lost one of the top runners in program history in Laura Rolf to graduation following last season, a ton of experience returns for the 2009 campaign, as everybody else who finished among the Crusaders' top-five runners in any meet last year is back, including six seniors.
The Valparaiso cross country squads will open the season at home for the 16th consecutive year in one of four races to prepare for the Horizon League Championships, as head coach Mike Straubel announced the Crusaders' 2009 schedule today.
Valparaiso placed a district-high three athletes on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V women's track and field/cross country squad, as voted on by CoSIDA and announced today. Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) each earned a spot on the first team, while Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) received second team honors.