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Crusaders Run at Loyola Lakefront Invitational

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Valparaiso's women's cross country team sent eight individuals to the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill. and came away with a 38th place finish overall.

The Crusaders, which ran those individuals that did not compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, ran in a field of 560 runners.

Wisconsin won the meet with 39 points, defeating Nebraska by a point.

Kelly Owens (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands H.S.) led the Brown and Gold with a 210th place finish overall with a time of 20:27. Ashley Billstrom (Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall H.S.) was just three seconds behind Owens and placed 217th overall for Valpo.

Kristy Popp (Bowman, N.D./Bowman H.S.) was the third to cross the finish line for the Crusaders, placing 271st overall with a time of 21:05. Michelle Sexton (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Driscoll Catholic H.S.) finished fourth for the team and 316th overall with a time of 21:30. Joanne Borchert (Waukesha, Wis./Wauskesha West H.S.) rounded out the scoring for Valpo with a 371st place finish in a time of 22:01.

Valparaiso will take next weekend off before returning to action on October 18 when the Crusaders will again split their squads. Some runners will go to the Pre-NCAA meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa, while others will run at the Wisconsin-Parkside Open.