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Chris Lechner
2007-08 Men's Track & Field
EVENTS
Distance
YR.
So./So./So.
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.