Cross Country Preps for Horizon League Championships


Cross Country Preps for Horizon League Championships
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Valparaiso cross country teams travel to Kenosha, Wis. this Saturday for the Horizon League Championship at Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course.

Senior Jessica Richardson (Columbus, Ind./North) highlights the women’s side. She has won the Horizon League Runner of the Week three times this season, a feat that has only been accomplished by former standout Laura Rolf in 2007. Richardson has paced the Crusaders at every meet this season and never finished outside the top-seven. She broke her 5K and 6K personal bests in back-to-back meets, running a 16:58.5 at Notre Dame and a 21:12.4 at Bradley, both of which placed her as the second-fastest runner in Valpo history. At last year’s championships, she finished in seventh place and earned First-Team All-League Honors for the second straight year.

Sophomore Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) has placed second for the Crusaders at every meet, finishing in eighth place at the Crusader Open 4K (13:54.8) and running an 18:18.7 at the Notre Dame Invitational 5K.

On the men’s side, senior David Rutkowski (Cedarburg, Wis./Living Word Lutheran) has led the Crusaders in all three races he’s competed in. Last year he finished in 20th with a time of 26:43.09 Sophomores Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./Normal) and Dan Walters (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) look to improve from last year’s race, where they finished 48th and 42nd place, respectively. Bruno has finished in the top-three for the Crusaders in every race, running a season-best 26:25.5 at the Bradley Invitational 8K.

The women’s race begins at 11:00 am CT, while the men’s race follows at 12:00 noon CT.