The Crusaders combined for 220 points for their eighth-place finish. Purdue totaled 45 points to take home the team championship.
Laura Rolf (Rochester, Mich./Lutheran Northwest) led Valpo on Friday, crossing the line in 16th place with a time of 19:08 over the five-kilometer course. Sara Christensen (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) was the next Crusader to finish, completing the race in 19:54, good for 41st position.
Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian) finished in 47th place for Valpo with a time of 20:06, while Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) placed 54th, covering the course in 20:19. Whitney Bowman (Portage, Ind./Portage [Purdue]) closed out the Crusader scorers with a 75th-place finish, crossing the line in 20:51.
Valparaiso returns to the course in two weeks, traveling east on the Indiana Toll Road to Notre Dame, Ind. on Friday, Oct. 3 to run in the Notre Dame Invitational.