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Crusaders Take Aim at Conference Championship Meet

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Valparaiso men's cross country team looks to make a move into the top half of the league Saturday at the Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Championship meet in Lee's Summit, Mo.

The Crusaders, who have taken sixth place at the conference meet each of the last two seasons, have recorded three top-10 finishes among their four meets this year. The Brown and Gold kicked off the season with a third-place finish at its own Crusader Invitational. Valpo acquitted itself well against fellow Indiana schools, coming home eighth out of 25 squads at the Indiana Intercollegiates. Most recently, the Crusaders ran to a runner-up finish at the Evansville Invitational.

Leading the Crusaders all year long has been Chris Honig (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South). Honig, who transferred to Valpo from Indiana, has registered two top-five finishes this season. He kicked off his Crusader career with a fifth-place finish at the Crusader Invitational, and just two weeks ago came in third at the Evansville Invitational with a season-best time of 25:27.05 over the eight-kilometer course. Honig's time is the seventh-fastest 8K in the Mid-Con this year.

Behind Honig are a group of Crusaders, any of whom can step up on any given day to be the number-two runner. Jim Turchyn (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) has been the most consistent runner, finishing among Valpo's top five in each of the season's four meets. He was the second finisher for the Crusaders at the Notre Dame Invitational, and posted a season-best eighth-place finish last time out at the Evansville Invitational, with a time of 25:57.51. Michael Brouch (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) has been Valpo's number-two finisher twice this season. He came home 13th at the Crusader Invitational, covering the 6K course in 20:06, and also was the second-best Crusader at the Indiana Intercollegiates.

Leandro Schultz (Valleyview, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) has been steadily improving over the course of the season, and came home seventh at the Evansville Invitational with a time of 25:57.10. Other threats to finish among Valpo's top-five include Jordan Stanfill (Goshen, Ind./Goshen), Adriano Schultz (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), Rich Krupar III (Elyria, Ohio/Midview) and Josh Parker (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park).

Southern Utah is the favorite to re-capture the conference championship in 2006 after losing it by just four points last year. The Thunderbirds boast the five best 8K times in the Mid-Con this season. Oakland will be running in defense of last year's title, while IUPUI has two of the top nine 8K times this year.

Valparaiso's schedule was put together with the goal of having everybody peaking at the Mid-Con Championship. With nearly every runner on the squad posting their season-best 8K time at the Evansville Invitational, the Crusaders seem to be peaking at just the right time. If Honig can continue to lead Valpo as he has all season, and other runners behind him improve upon their season-best times, the Brown and Gold has a legitimate shot at a top-four finish.
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 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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo