Valpo Cross Country Reveals 2024 Schedule
Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Valpo Cross Country Reveals 2024 Schedule

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country teams have announced their schedule for the 2024 season, which begins with the program’s annual home meet, the Winrow Open, on Friday, Aug. 30 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso.

Prior to the Winrow Open, the program will host its second annual Alumni 5K on Friday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Click here to register for the Alumni 5K or for more information. That race will be followed by the collegiate meet featuring the women’s 5K at 5 p.m. and the men’s 6K at 5:45 p.m. This will mark the 35th running of Valpo’s home meet, which is named in honor of former head coach Ed Winrow, who passed away in March 2020.

The Beacons will hit the road for the first time this fall on Friday, Sept. 13 by visiting Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State for the Redbird Invite in Normal, Ill. This will mark the second straight season and the third time in the last four years that Valpo will compete in Illinois State’s meet.

Select Valpo individuals will participate in the Mizzou Gans Creek Classic in Columbia, Mo. on Sept. 27. Those who do not make the trip to that meet will partake in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invite the following weekend on Oct. 4.

The Beacons will tune up for postseason play with the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals in Madison, Wis. on Oct. 19. The Missouri Valley Conference Championship will take place on Nov. 1 and will be hosted by UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Beacons will then take part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 15 in Akron, Ohio.

The cross country and track & field programs will look to build on their recent forward trajectory in 2024. The programs totaled 37 entries into the program record book and 10 program records during a strong 2023-24 campaign. The men’s track & field team scored 31 points at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, the program’s highest total in a conference championship (indoor or outdoor) since joining the league. The season featured 32 all-time top five times/marks in track & field including nine program records (two women, seven men; five indoor, four outdoor) and three podium finishes at conference championships.

During the 2023 cross country NCAA Regional meet, three Valpo men finished ahead of the previous 10K program record and now rank one through three in program history. For the first time in nearly a decade, a Valpo woman cracked the all-time top five in the 6K on Oct. 27 at the MVC Championship.