Crusader Cross Country Squads Close Season at NCAA Regional
Friday, November 11, 2016
Crusader Cross Country Squads Close Season at NCAA Regional
Liz Owen paced the Crusader women in her final race.

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their respective seasons Friday as they competed in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship, held in Madison, Wis. The men’s squad placed 29th in the 10K and the women finished 31st in the 6K at the Championships.

How It Happened

  • On the men’s side, senior Max Morello (Plano, Ill./Plano) paced the Crusaders with a 141st-place finish with a time of 33:28.9, clipping nearly a minute off his finish from last year’s race and finishing 22 positions higher.
  • Sophomore Ben Zibricky (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way Central) made large strides from a year ago, shaving over four minutes off his time as he placed 153rd with a time of 33:46.6.
  • The Bruno brothers, sophomore Alexander (Bloomington, Ill./University) and senior Adam (Bloomington, Ill./University) finished within two seconds of one another. Alexander finished in 167th place (34:02.8), while Adam finished 169th (34:04.7). Adam erased 43 seconds from his time last year at regionals.
  • Senior Dan Walters (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) finished 179th (35:25.1) to round out Valpo’s top-five runners. Freshmen Victor Fortin (East Peoria, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) and Elliot Hanke (Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman) finished 185th (34:41.4) and 193rd (35:32.8) to end their rookie campaigns.
  • For the women, senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) led Valpo for the second consecutive season at the regional meet. The Crusader veteran finished in 157th place, with a time of 22:52.8.
  • Running a time 48 seconds quicker than her 2015 mark, junior Kim Heiny (Burnettsville, Ind./Twin Lakes) crossed the finish in 178th (23:17.9). Senior Tori Tamburrino (West Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) ran a 24:25.7 6K to help her finish 201st to end the race for Valpo upperclassmen.
  • The group of freshmen runners Kate Mitchell (Algonquin, Ill./Huntley), Nicole Berneche (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), Celia McGhiey (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Kyla Ohst (Naperville, Ill./Metea Valley) rounded out the race for Valparaiso. Mitchell led the rookies with a mark of 24:34.2 (204th), followed by Berneche’s finish at 214th place (25:31.4) and McGhiey crossed the finish line a place behind her teammate with a time of 25:38.2 (215th). Ohst came in two spots behind McGhiey and earned 217th place (25:48.3).