The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that Valparaiso's men's and women's cross country teams have each earned All-Academic team honors. In addition, Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) received All-Academic individual accolades for her athletic and academic performance this past fall.
Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after registering a third-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional last weekend to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The Valparaiso women's cross country team has its sights set on its first conference championship as the squad travels to Lee's Summit, Mo. to run in the Mid-Continent Conference Championship meet on Saturday.
Sophomore Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) continued to plow through the Crusader record books Saturday morning, shaving a ridiculous 1:19 off her own 6K school record at the 2006 Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
Sophomore Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) obliterated her previous career-best and nearly broke one of Valpo's most hallowed school records Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Invitational Blue Race, leading the Crusaders against 18 of the nation's top teams.
Behind two strong efforts in the season's first two events, the Valpo women's cross country team is ranked eighth in the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (WICCA) Great Lakes Regional Poll, the first ever ranking for the program.
The Valpo women's cross country team, fresh off a win at the Crusader Invitational, continued their brilliant opening to the season with a second place finish at the 26-team Indiana Intercollegiates Friday in Terre Haute, Ind.
After winning the Crusader Invitational and leading the Brown and Gold to their first ever team win at the event Friday, sophomore Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) was today named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week.
For the first time in the 18-year history of the event, the Valpo women's cross country team won the Crusader Invitational Friday, riding the one-two finishes of Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) and Danielle Nunnelly (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) to best second-place Notre Dame by one point at Sunset Hills Farm.
For three straight seasons the Crusader women's cross country team has been building, finishing third at the conference championships each of the last three years. But now, with two of the Mid-Con's 10 fastest runners back and primed for bigger things, the Brown and Gold have their sights set higher; all the way to the top of the Mid-Continent Conference.
After a strong third place finish in 2005, the Valparaiso University women's cross country team has been picked to finish fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference by a preseason poll of the league's eight head coaches.
The Valparaiso University cross country teams will host the 18th annual Crusader Cross Country Invitational September 8 at Sunset Hills Farms, kicking off a 2006 season that includes seven meets around the Midwest.