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Three Crusader Runners Earn Academic All-League Honor
Joe Johnson was one of three Crusaders honored. (Ray Acevedo)
Joe Johnson was one of three Crusaders honored. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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.

Claire Johnson was one of the Crusaders’ top runners on the women’s side all season long, finishing among Valpo’s top-three in all six of its races.  Johnson led Valpo with a 20th-place finish at the Horizon League Championship meet, and also finished 20th out of 111 runners at the Evansville Invitational with a season-best 5K time of 18:58.73.  The sophomore boasts an impressive 3.994 cumulative GPA as a double major in German and international economics & cultural affairs.

Joe Johnson helped contribute to Valpo’s team score in two of his five meets, finishing among the Crusaders’ top-five at the Crusader Open and the Evansville Invitational.  Johnson also posted a season-best 8K time of 28:21.24 at the latter meet.  The junior, who holds a 3.711 cumulative GPA as an accounting major, has been a member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll each semester eligible and has earned Presidential academic honors during his time at Valpo.

Piaskowy ranked among Valpo’s top-five runners in all five of his meets in 2011, including crossing the line third-fastest among the Crusader contingent at the Horizon League Championship and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.  The senior ran a season-best 8K time of 27:41.63 at the Navy Invitational as well.  Piaskowy, who currently maintains a 3.756 cumulative GPA as a civil engineering major, has been a member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll each semester eligible and has earned Presidential academic honors during his time at Valpo.