Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Sara Christensen
2006-07 Women's Track & Field
EVENTS
Hurdles/Sprints/Jumps
YR.
Fr./Fr./Fr.
HOMETOWN
Bettendorf, Iowa
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
Pleasant Valley
Sara Christensen

2009 (Track and Field): Placed sixth at Horizon League Outdoor Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase ... versatile athlete posted season-best time in steeplechase of 11:59.15, as well as times outdoors of 5:03.26 in the 1,500m run and 1:18.73 in the 400m hurdles ... indoors, ranked as second-fastest Crusader in the 800m (2:29.83) and 3,000m (10:59.53) runs and was third-best on the team in the mile run (5:26.65).

2008 (Cross Country): Finished among Valpo’s top-five runners in each of the season’s six races, including a top-three position five times ... surpassed the 20-minute plateau in each of the five 5K races after not breaking the barrier in her first season on the team ... was the second Crusader runner across the line at the Indiana Intercollegiates, Notre Dame Invitational, Evansville Invitational and Horizon League Championships ... posted her career-best 5K at Evansville, crossing the line in 19:04.01 ... registered a top-25 finish at the league championship meet with a 24th-place showing ... finished the 8K course at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 24:58.3.

2008 (Track and Field): Posted top Crusader time of the season outdoors in the 3,000m steeplechase of 11:58.34 (HL Championships), finishing in fourth place ... also was among Valpo’s best indoors in the mile run (5:41.00, HL Championships) and outdoors in the 1,500m run (5:11.28, HL Championships) ... member of top distance medley relay indoors ... also competed in the 800m run during indoor campaign, posting a best time of 2:32.86 (Chicagoland).

2007 (Cross Country): Competed in six races for the Crusaders ... cut almost three full minutes off of 5K time from her first race in the Valpo uniform ... posted a season-best time of 20:26.48 at the 5K distance at the Evansville Invitational ... ran as part of the Crusader squad at both the Horizon League Championships and NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

2007 (Track and Field): Competed in 11 meets for Valpo during her freshman year ... recorded Crusaders’ second-longest long jump of indoor campaign at Boilermaker Invitational, leaping 15’5” ... qualified for finals of 400m hurdles at Mid-Con Outdoor Championships, finishing eighth.

Prep: Earned four letters in track and field and two letters in cross country for the Spartans ... member of Mississippi Athletic Conference track and field championship squad in 2003 and 2006 ... Spartans finished seventh in the state in 2005 ... part of eighth-place 4x200m relay team at 2005 state meet ... qualified for state cross country meet in 2005 ... named to the All-State academic team in 2005 ... a member of National Honor Society ... National Merit finalist.

Personal: Sara is the daughter of Craig Christensen and Cindy Bondi ... major is meteorology ... is enrolled in Christ College, Valpo's honors college ... born October 15, 1987.

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.
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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