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2009 (Track and Field): One of the Crusaders’ fastest distance runners as a sophomore ... posted team-best time outdoors in the 10,000m run (33:05.28) ... also ranked third on team outdoors in both the 1,500m (4:08.28) and 5,000m (16:11.38) runs ... second-fastest runner on team indoors in the 5,000m run (15:57.22) ... also posted top times indoors of 9:07.04 in the 3,000m run (third-fastest on team) and 4:45.09 in the mile run ... named to Horizon League Academic Honor Roll both semesters.
2008 (Cross Country): Ran for the Crusaders at all six races as a sophomore, finishing among Valpo’s top-five on five occasions ... earned top-20 individual finish at season-opening Crusader Open ... ranked among Valpo’s top runners at both the Indiana Intercollegiates and the Notre Dame Invitational ... lowered career-best 8K time to 26:21.57 at the Evansville Invitational ... was the third Crusader runner across the line at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, completing the 10K course in 35:35.5 ... earned Horizon League Academic Honor Roll recognition for both the fall and spring semesters.
2008 (Track and Field): Ranked as Crusaders’ fastest runner in the long-distance races as a freshman, posting Valpo’s best time indoors in the 5,000m run (15:58.59, HL Championships) and outdoors in the 10,000m run (33:36.87, HL Championships) ... also among Valpo’s top runners indoors in the 3,000m run (9:01.27, HL Championships) and outdoors in the 5,000m run (16:10.35, Ted Haydon Invitational).
2007 (Cross Country): Ran six races for Valpo during freshman year, contributing to Crusaders’ team score on two occasions ... kicked off career with 25th-place finish at Crusader Invitational, finishing sixth among Valpo runners ... lowered 8K time by better than a minute over course of the season ... ran his season-best 8K at the Evansville Invitational, covering course in 26:33.84 for a 27th-place showing ... third-highest finishing Crusader at Evansville ... also scored for Valpo at Horizon League Championships, finishing in 36th place with a time of 27:42.3 ... one of seven Crusader runners to compete at NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
Prep: Earned three letters in both track and field and cross country for the Matadors ... finished among top-ten in state on the track in both the one mile and two mile runs ... district champion in the two mile run ... placed second at district in one mile run and third in 800m run ... earned All-District honors in cross country in 2006 ... helped team to two district championships and two top-10 finishes at state meet ... a three-time recipient of Academic All-District accolades ... carried highest GPA on team each of his last three seasons ... a member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Joel is the son of Dave and Carol Hartenberger ... major is mechanical engineering ... has been named to the Dean's List and earned Presidential academic honors during his time at Valpo ... born July 6, 1988.
2009-10 Men's Track & Field