Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Laura Rolf
2006-07 Women's Track & Field
EVENTS
Distance
YR.
So./So./So.
HOMETOWN
Rochester, Mich.
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
Lutheran Northwest
Laura Rolf

2008 (Track and Field): Did not run track last year for the Crusaders while studying abroad ... named to Horizon League Academic Honor Roll during both fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters ... enters season with school record outdoors in the 3,000m run and among Valpo’s all-time top-five in five other distances ... earned All-America honors indoors during 2007 campaign in the mile run.

2007 (Cross Country): Horizon League women’s cross country Athlete of the Year ... All-Region honoree for the third straight year ... earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team accolades ... won each of first five races of the season ... kicked off year by winning the Crusader Invitational by over a minute ... followed next week by besting a field of 94 runners at the Boston College Open while setting a new personal best in the 5K ...dominated field in the Gold Race at the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks later, winning by 46 seconds while setting a new school record of 17:04 over 5K ... new record lasted just two weeks, as she lowered it to 16:40.33 at the Evansville Invitational, winning by nearly 50 seconds ... closed out steak of five straight victories by breaking the tape at the Horizon League Championship in Valpo’s first season in the league ... finished sixth at NCAA Great Lakes Regional, her second-straight top-ten finish at the regional meet ... followed with a 48th-place showing at the NCAA Championships, finishing just 20 seconds out of the top-25 ... three times earned Horizon League Athlete of the Week honors ... named to the league’s All-Academic Team ... a member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters.

2007 (Track and Field): Earned All-American honors with tenth-place finish at NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile ... received All Mid-Con honors indoors after smashing championship record in 3,000m run ... set school record in 3,000m run with time of 9:22.44 at Meyo Invitational ... named Mid-Con Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week three times during indoor season ... did not run during outdoor campaign ... a member of the Mid-Con All-Academic team ... named to the Fall 2007 Horizon League Academic Honor Roll ... earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team honors.

2006 (Cross Country): Named team’s Most Valuable Runner ... earned All-Region honors for the second straight season ... also received First Team All Mid-Con honors for the second consecutive year ... captured first career victory in season opener at the Crusader Invitational, besting teammate Danielle Nunnelly by seven seconds ... first of four top-three finishes on the season ... placed third out of a field of 211 runners at the Indiana Intercollegiates ... posted career-best 5K time of 17:18 at the Notre Dame Invitational, second-best in Crusader history ... broke her own 6K record by over a minute at the NCAA Pre-Nationals ... lowered record by five more seconds, running 20:45.35 at the Mid-Con Championships to place third ... earned a trip to the NCAA Championship meet by finishing third at the Great Lakes Regional ... came home 41st at Nationals, less than 16 seconds away from earning All-America accolades ... earned Mid-Con Athlete of the Week honors on two occasions (9/12, 11/14) ... a Mid-Con All-Academic team member ... named to the Mid-Con Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence ... received Academic All-American accolades from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

2005 (Cross Country): Named Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year ... earned First Team All-Conference honors, the first Crusader to do so since 2000 ... also named to All-Region team, one of only two Valpo runners to ever earn the distinction ... finished no worse than 25th in any race ... began collegiate career with second place finish at Crusader Invitational ... also finished second at Evansville Invitational, completing 5K course in 17:52.3 ... finished fourth at Mid-Con Championships, covering Sunset Hills Farm 6K in 22:08.5, a school record ... lowered that school record in next race, finishing 25th at NCAA Great Lakes Regional running 22:04.3.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Crusaders ... won two Michigan State Championships ... earned three straight First Team All-State awards from 2001-03 ... a three-time All-Metro Conference honoree ... named team’s Most Valuable Runner four times ... picked up team’s Leadership Award as a senior ... also lettered in track, earning All-State honors four times.

Personal: Laura is the daughter of Jim and Cheryl Rolf ... major is new media - journalism, with an art minor ... born August 27, 1986.

2006-07 Women's Track & Field
Randol AlexanderSprintsFr./Fr./Fr.
Ashley BillstromDistanceSr./Sr./Sr.
Amanda BodySprints/JumpsSo./So./So.
Alyssa BradfordDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Rachael ButtonDistanceJr./So./So.
Sara ChristensenHurdles/Sprints/JumpsFr./Fr./Fr.
Brittany EdwardsSprints/JumpsFr./Fr./Fr.
Julie FlowersThrowsSo./So./So.
Lindsey GilmanMultisFr./Fr./Fr.
Carissa HeinoldJumps/SprintsJr./Jr./Jr.
Rachel HowellDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Amanda HyttelThrowsSr./Jr./Jr.
Patricia KlothSprintsJr./Jr./Jr.
Katie KrieterDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Lakisha LaneSprints/HurdlesFr./Fr./Fr.
Emilie MarsicekThrowsSr./Jr./Jr.
Lauren McLaughlinDistanceJr./So./So.
Sagan NewhamThrowsFr./Fr./Fr.
Danielle NunnellyDistanceSr./Sr./Sr.
Jennifer PlaskotaDistanceSr./Sr./Sr.
Laura RolfDistanceSo./So./So.
Windy Santa CruzSprintsFr./Fr./Fr.
Emily ThompsonDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Ini UmanaThrowsFr./Fr./Fr.
Melanie WilsonJumps/Sprints/HurdlesJr./Jr./Jr.
Anna YostDistanceFr./Fr./Fr.
Alicia ZinneckerSprints/Throws/JumpsSr./Sr./Jr.
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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