After lowering his own record in the 8K at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship last weekend, redshirt junior Alexander Bruno (Bloomington, Ill. / University) set another school record — this time in the 10K — at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday.
How It Happened
- Bruno capped off a remarkable fall with another tremendous performance in Terre Haute, recording a 31:54.4 that put him in the Top 40. As was the case with his record-breaking 8K performance at the Greater Louisville Classic back in September, Saturday’s time eclipsed a 17-year old record, both previously held by Aaron Crague (31:56.4 on Nov. 10, 2001 at NCAA Regional).
- After missing the first half of the season, redshirt junior Jack Mader (Granger, Ind./Penn) responded by putting together three solid performances to close out the year. He was the second Valpo runner to cross the finish, getting the job done in 33:01.8.
- Sophomore Dominic Paoletti (Monroe, Mich./Monroe St. Mary) also progressed significantly throughout the season. He finished just over 20 seconds after Mader, stopping the clock at 33:23.6.
- Junior Victor Fortin (East Peoria, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) finished the season strong as well, rounding out the top four runners for Valpo. Fortin finished in 34:03.4.
- In the women’s race, junior Katherine Germann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Finneytown) wrapped up a fantastic season of her own, completing the 6K circuit in 22:44.8, just a few seconds behind her 22:32.7 finish at the Bradley Pink Classic back in October, which put her at sixth in program history in the event.
- For the fourth consecutive meet, sophomore Sarah Caesar (Fox River Grove, Ill./Cary-Grove) finished second on the team, doing so in 24:26.6 on Friday.
- Freshman Maranda Donahue and junior Taylor Justison (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) (Delton, Mich./Delton-Kellogg) finished right next to each other, placing third and fourth for Valpo, stopping the clock in 25:31.8 and 25:39.9, respectively.