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Five-for-Five: Rolf Wins Horizon League Championship; Button Earns First Team Honors as Crusaders Finish Fourth
Laura Rolf has won all five races she has competed in this year.
Laura Rolf has won all five races she has competed in this year.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Results

Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) won her fifth consecutive race Saturday morning at Sunset Hills Farm Park in Valparaiso, winning the Horizon League Championship and helping the Crusaders to a fourth-place team finish.

Valpo tallied 118 points as a team for its fourth-place finish.  Butler took top team honors with 33 points, finishing with three of the top five runners.

Rolf was locked in a duel the entire race with Butler’s Genni Gardner, the top returning runner from last year’s championship meet.  The two were running even at 6:50 through two kilometers of the 5K race before Rolf eventually pulled away, crossing the line in 17:33.0.  The junior finished just five seconds ahead of Gardner, her second-closest margin of victory this season.

“Laura just continues to have an outstanding season,” said Crusader head coach Mike Straubel.  “You don’t go undefeated into regionals unless you’re a national-caliber runner, and Laura has proven this season she belongs in that top echelon nationally.”

Rachael Button (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) earned First Team All-League honors for the first time in her career, finishing strong to place sixth with a time of 18:53.5.  For the senior, it was her first time earning First Team honors after being a part of the Mid-Con’s Second Team last year.

“Rachael ran a tremendous race today,” said Straubel.  “It has been good to see her, as a senior, steadily progress to this point and race her way onto the First Team in the final league championship of her career.”

Freshman Caitlin Sauerhage (Rising Sun, Ind./Rising Sun) was the third-best Crusader finisher, placing 25th with a time of 20:14.0.  Fellow freshman Aubrey Bosma (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) finished the race in 20:53.5, good for 44th place, while sophomore Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) closed out Valpo’s scorers by finishing 46th in 20:55.7.

“I thought that, as a team, we ran well today, but we’re still very young,” said Straubel.  “We have a gap right now between our top two runners, who are both upperclassmen, and our other runners, which are underclassmen.  With more experience, we will get faster and be able to challenge for a better finish.”

Valparaiso returns to action in two weeks on Saturday, November 10 as the Crusaders travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.  The 6K race will begin at 11:15 a.m. CST.

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