Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Chris Lechner
2008-09 Men's Track & Field
EVENTS
Distance
YR.
Jr./Jr./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 Track & Field
Ryan AbrahamJumpsFr./Fr./Fr.
Nick BabbittThrowsSr./Jr./Jr.
Chris BednarczykDistanceSo./So./Fr.
Blane BowenDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Justin BuiDistanceSo./So./So.
Keith ButtonDistanceSo./Fr./Fr.
David CarterDistanceJr./Jr./Jr.
Matt CervarichDistanceJr./So./Jr.
Justin CloydSprintsFr./Fr./Fr.
Derek EgleySprintsFr./Fr./Fr.
Nick FaganDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Bryan GillDistanceSr./Jr./Jr.
Joel HartenbergerDistanceSo./So./So.
Tom HeunSprints/Hurdles/JumpsSr./Sr./Sr.
Rich KruparDistanceSr./Sr./Sr.
Dustin LawrenceMultis/ThrowsSr./Sr./Sr.
Chris LechnerDistanceJr./Jr./Jr.
Vinnie LiuzzoMultisFr./Fr./Fr.
Philip LohrmannJumps5th/Sr./Sr.
Joel MathwigDistanceJr./So./So.
Brett MaynardThrows5th/Sr./Sr.
Jarrett MickensJumps/SprintsSo./So./So.
Mack MorrisDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Jordan PiaskowyDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Bill RixonThrowsFr./Fr./Fr.
Ryan RuppelSprintsSo./So./So.
Caleb SchmalDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Derek SchnakeDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Steve SchubertJumpsSo./So./So.
Leandro SchultzDistanceSr./Jr./Jr.
Jordan StanfillDistanceSr./Jr./Jr.
Christopher StohsThrowsJr./Jr./Jr.
Tyler TollDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Jim TurchynDistanceSr./Sr./Sr.
Chris WalshSprintsSr./Jr./Jr.
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 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay