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Chris Lechner
2008-09 Men's Cross Country
YR.
Jr.
HOMETOWN
Darien, Ill.
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
Hinsdale South
Chris Lechner

2009 (Track and Field): Competed in distance events outdoors for the Crusaders during junior campaign ... posted season-best times of 4:31.00 in the 1,500m run and 17:15.61 in the 5,000m run ... did not run during indoor season.

2008 (Cross Country): Ran in four races for Valpo as a junior ... opened season with 32nd-place finish at Crusader Open ... ran season-best 8K time of 27:58.50 at Evansville Invitational ... ran for Crusaders as well at Horizon League Championships.

2008 (Track and Field): One of Valpo’s fastest runners in the long-distance events ... ran second fastest Crusader time of season outdoors in the 10,000m run (35:25.54, HL Championships) ... was third-fastest Valpo runner indoors in the 5,000m run (17:07.17, Findlay Classic) ... also competed indoors in the 3,000 run (9:49.87, DePauw Invitational) and outdoors in the 1,500m run (4:32.12, DePauw Invitational) and 5,000m run (16:43.97, Butler Twilight).

2007 (Cross Country): Competed five times for the Brown and Gold during sophomore year ... lowered 6K time to 21:33 at season-opening Crusader Invitational, 26 seconds faster than the previous year ... cut career-best 8K time down to 28:30 at Boston College Open ... took 42 more seconds off his career best at 8K at the Evansville Invitational, crossing the line in 27:48.14 ... ran for Valpo at the Horizon League Championships.

2007 (Track and Field): Ran eight times as a freshman ... recorded season-best time of 10:02.63 indoors in the 3,000m run at the Boilermaker Invitational ... covered 10,000m run outdoors at the Hillsdale Gina Relays in 35:25.16.

2006 (Cross Country): Ran four times for Valpo as a freshman ... opened season with solid effort at Crusader Invitational, covering 6K course in 21:59 ... improved 8K time in each of last three races of season ... covered 8K course in the open race at the Notre Dame Invitational in 29:19 ... cut 8K time down to 28:47.16 at the Evansville Invitational.

Prep: Earned three letters in both cross country and track and field for the Hornets ... named to West Suburban Gold Conference All-Academic Team in cross country ... helped team to a conference championship as a freshman ... earned team’s Sportsmanship Award ... also picked up school’s Hornet Award as a senior ... was part of West Suburban Gold Conference champion 4x800m relay team on the track ... also helped lead track squad to league championship in 2005.

Personal: Chris is the son of John and Connie Lechner ... father, John, ran cross country and track at Lewis University ... major is business administration ... born March 17, 1988.

2008-09 Men's Cross Country
Chris BednarczykSo.Westfield, Ind.
Blane BowenFr.Grand Blanc, Mich.
Justin BuiSo.The Woodlands, Texas
Keith ButtonSo.Farmington Hills, Mich.
David CarterJr.Arlington Heights, Ill.
Matt CervarichJr.Deerfield, Ill.
Nick FaganFr.Sycamore, Ill.
Bryan GillSr./Jr.Columbia City, Ind.
Joel HartenbergerSo.Albuquerque, N.M.
Chris Honig5th/Sr.Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Rich KruparSr.Elyria, Ohio
Chris LechnerJr.Darien, Ill.
Joel MathwigJr./So.Fall Creek, Wis.
Mack MorrisFr.Eden Prairie, Minn.
Jordan PiaskowyFr.Crete, Ill.
Caleb SchmalFr.Thornton, Ill.
Derek SchnakeFr.Chicago, Ill.
Leandro SchultzSr.Valley View, Ohio
Jordan StanfillSr.Goshen, Ind.
Tyler TollFr.LaPorte, Ind.
Jim TurchynSr.Batesville, Ind.
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo