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.
Four of the Valparaiso men's cross country squad's top five finishers Friday were underclassmen, led by freshman Wally Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago), as the Crusaders recorded a 14th place finish at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill.
Junior Joel Hartenberger (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) led the Valparaiso men's cross country team for the third time in as many meets this year, setting a new personal best in the 8K as the Crusaders ran in the Gold Race Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Junior Joel Hartenberger (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) registered his second top-ten finish in as many races in 2009, crossing the line in seventh place to lead the Valparaiso men's cross country team as it competed Saturday at Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
Joel Hartenberger (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) posted an impressive ninth-place finish Friday at the Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm in Valparaiso, leading the Crusader men's cross country squad to a third-place team finish.
While the Valparaiso men's cross country team graduated five seniors, including four of its top six runners, from last year's squad, 14 runners return eager to maintain their improvement and help push the Crusaders towards the top of the Horizon League.
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.