Cross Country Season Concludes in Madison
The Valpo men's cross country team finished in 29th place at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Friday.
Cross Country Season Concludes in Madison
Friday, November 15, 2013

A journey that started over two months ago at Sunset Hills Farm in Valparaiso came to a close in Madison, Wisconsin at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Friday.

Jessica Richardson (Columbus, Ind./North) led the women's cross-country team to a 30th-place result Friday. The junior finished the 6K course in exactly 23:00, garnering her a 135th-place individual time. Richardson recorded the fastest times amongst Crusaders in each race in 2013.

Sophomore Dezzarae Arce (Orland Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew) earned a 174th-place finish with her 23:44 time. Freshman Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) crossed the line at 23:59, while senior Grace Shemwell (Clinton, Iowa/Clinton) closed out her cross-country career with a 24:06 result.

Senior Claire Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) rounded out the scoring for Valparaiso by stopping the clock at 24:40.

The men's team was led again by junior David Rutkowski (Cedarburg, Wis./Living Word Lutheran), who crossed the line in the 10K race at 33:14. His finish ranked 111th of all competing runners. Senior Matt Przybyla (Whitmore Lake, Mich./Pinckney) scored a 34:37 finish in his final collegiate cross-country meet.

The future appears bright for Valpo as a triumvirate of freshmen rounded out the scoring for the Crusaders.

Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./Normal) and Jesse Greenhagen (Waverly, Minn./Mayer Lutheran) both finished with 35:30 times, for 190th and 191st-place finishes, respectively.

Dan Walters (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) recorded a 196th-place result with a time of 26:08.