Walda Shatters Program Record in 10K, Leads Three Beacons Under Previous Record at NCAA Regional
Friday, November 10, 2023
Walda Shatters Program Record in 10K, Leads Three Beacons Under Previous Record at NCAA Regional

Valparaiso University men’s cross country senior Evan Walda (Fort Wayne, Ind. / South Side) added to his breakout fall in a big way on Friday afternoon, shattering the program record in the 10K at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Walda led a trio of Beacons who all outdid the previous program record on Friday and now own the top three times in program history.

How It Happened

  • Walda posted a record-setting 10K time of 31:13.1, finishing 65th in a competitive field of over 200 runners. He bettered his previous time of 32:19.2 at the 2022 NCAA Regional and shattered Alexander Bruno’s program record of 31:54.5 that had stood since 2018.
  • Walda was followed closely by Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage), who finished 72nd in 31:19.8. Ehm’s time ranks second in program history as it also outdid Bruno’s mark that was the program record before Friday.
  • Valpo’s top trio in the men’s 10K also included Joseph Scheele (Mahomet, Ill. / Mahomet-Seymour), who checked in 83rd at 31:28.4. He now ranks third in program history as his time was also ahead of the former record.
  • Freshman Karson Hollander (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake) was fourth on the team at 32:59.9.
  • The Valpo men finished 20th in a competitive 30-team field, beating Kent State, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Green Bay, Wright State, Bowling Green, Milwaukee, Marquette, Central Michigan and Detroit Mercy.  
  • The Valpo women were led by Grade Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) in the 6K, as she stopped the clock in 22:24.3.
  • Freshman Lauren Wroza (Rochester, Mich. / Rochester) was the second Beacon to cross the finish line, completing the race in 23:07.4.
  • The next two Valpo women to finish were Alina Worzella (Martinsville, Ind. / Martinsville) in 24:07.3 and Vivian Rahmel (Springfield, Ill. / Sacred Heart-Griffin) in 24:09.0.
  • The Valpo women finished 29th, defeating Detroit Mercy, Marquette and Cleveland State.