Three Valparaiso cross country student-athletes were awarded Horizon League Academic All-League honors as the league revealed the squads. Sophomore Claire Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) represented the Crusaders on the women’s side, while junior Joe Johnson (Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South) and senior Jordan Piaskowy (Crete, Ill./Illiana Christian) each earned the accolade on the men’s side.
Mike Straubel announced today the year-end awards for the Valparaiso men’s and women’s cross country teams, highlighted by the honoring of the squads’ Most Valuable Runners from the 2011 campaign: senior Nick Fagan (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) and freshman Jessica Richardson (Columbus, Ind./North).
Led by the effort of freshman Trace Ostergren (LaPorte, Ind./Culver Academy), the Valparaiso men's cross country team ran to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the Evansville Invitational in Evansville, Ind.
The Valparaiso men’s cross country program split its squad on Saturday for its second weekend of competition this season. Some Crusader runners competed at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., while others ran at the Knight Invitational, hosted by Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Three of the Valparaiso men’s cross country team’s top five runners from a season ago highlight a solid group of returnees, while a contingent of four newcomers joins the squad as well as the Crusaders prepare to open the 2011 cross country season.
Four races, including the season-opening Crusader Open at Sunset Hills Farm, will prepare the Valparaiso cross country teams for the Horizon League Championships as head coach Mike Straubel announced the Crusaders' 2011 schedule today.