2020-21 Women's Track & Field
Grace Aurand Distance
Sarah Caesar Distance
Alaina Carpenter Distance
Kailee Carro Distance
Maranda Donahue Distance
Danielle Durak Distance
Tori Gerhardt Throws
Tyler Howard Sprints
Claire Kovarik Distance
Hayley Krulik Throws
Charlotte LaFleur Throws
Kaitlynn Leady Distance
Lena Luebbering Throws
Lauren Mikolajczak Throws
Devyn Miller Throws
Kathleen Neal Distance
Joely Overstreet Distance
Sarah Padilla Distance
Mackenzie Patten Throws
Michelle Pierce Throws
Olivia Recker Distance
Ellie Roeglin Distance
Taylor Smith Sprints
Ally Thaxton Distance
Peyton Weber Hurdles/Jumps
Juel Wiseman Throws
Nyssa Zuehls Pole Vault
Full Roster
Grace Aurand

Grace Aurand

Events Distance
Yr. Fr.
Hometown Highland, Ind.
High School (Prev. School) Highland

2023 (Cross Country): Started the season by finishing 20th overall and second on the team in the Valparaiso Winrow Open at 19:04 in the 5K on Sept. 1... Paced the team with a time of 22:44.5 in the 6K on Sept. 15 at the Redbird Invite... Led the team in the women’s 5K with a time of 18:25.0 at the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational on Sept. 29... Led the team in the women’s 6K at 22:36.60 at the Bradley Pink Classic on Oct. 13... Became the first Valpo woman to crack the program’s all-time top five in the 6K since 2014 on Oct. 27 at the MVC Championship, finishing the race in 22:13.5... Led the team in the women’s 6K at the NCAA Regional on Nov. 10, stopping the clock in 22:24.3.

2023 (Track & Field): Had the team’s top indoor 5,000 mark of the season at 17:33.56, which ranks fourth in the program record book… PRs in the indoor 3,000 (10:29.96) and indoor 5,000 (17:33.56) came during the MVC Indoor Championships... Earned Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors... Earned CSC Academic All-District recognition. 

2022 (Cross Country): Made her season debut with a 6K time of 23:50.44 to lead the team at the Spartan Invite on Sept. 16... Led the team with a 5K of 18:54.9 at the Joe Piane – Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30... Cracked the program record book with the sixth-fastest 6K in program history at 22:28.6 on Oct. 14 at the Bradley Pink Classic.

2022 (Track & Field): Turned in the team’s top mark of the season in the indoor mile at 5:08.36 at the Meyo Invitational... Paced the squad in the indoor 3,000 at 10:33.22 at the MVC Indoor Championships... Posted the squad’s top outdoor times of the season in the 1,500 (4:44.17) and 5,000 (17:35.57)... Her outdoor 5,000 time ranked third in program lore and was Valpo’s best performance in that event since 2006... Earned Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors.

2021 (Cross Country): Led the team with a 5K time of 19:41.6 at the Valparaiso Winrow Open on Sept. 3... Had the team’s top finish with a 6K time of 23:08 at the Illinois State Invite on Sept. 17... Led the Beacons with a 19:19.4 on Oct. 1 at the Notre Dame – Joe Piane Invitational’s 5K... Paced the team for a fourth straight meet with a 23:14.2 in the 6K at the Bradley Pink Classic on Oct. 15... Was second on the squad with a 23:33.5 in the 6K at the MVC Championship on Oct. 29... Led the team in the Nov. 12 NCAA Great Lakes Regional, turning in a 22:58.2 on the 6K course.

2021 (Track & Field): Led the team in the indoor mile with a season best of 5:17.48 on Feb. 13 at the GVSU Big Meet… Also competed in the indoor 3,000-meter run, finishing with a season-best time of 11:01.00 on Jan. 29 at the GVSU Bill Clinger Classic… Had a season-best in the outdoor 800 on March 19 at the SIU Bill Cornell Invite with a 2:24.74… Cracked the program record book in the outdoor 1,500-meter run on May 14 at the MVC Outdoor Championship, posting a time of 4:38.31, fourth in program history… Also led the team in the outdoor 5000, clocking a season-best 17:57.05 on April 16 at the Gibson Invitational… Named to MVC Academic Honor Roll.

2020-21 (Cross Country): Ranked second on the team and first on the team among freshmen in the MVC Cross Country Championship on March 3 at Evansville with a time of 19:23.4.

Prep (Athletic): State qualifier, team MVP and first-team all-conference selection during her time running cross country for the Highland Trojans… Also a team MVP in track & field, qualifying for state and establishing a school record in the 4x800 while winning a sectional crown in the 800… Earned first team academic all-state in both cross country and track & field… Also played basketball and soccer.

Prep (Academic/Community): Member of student council and Japanese club… Northwest Crossroads Conference Scholar-Athlete, Highland High School Senior Scholar-Athlete and cross country academic all-conference performer… Also a member of her school’s National Honor Society and Japanese Honor Society.

Personal: Enjoys reading, journaling and playing ukulele… Family is involved in Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana… Daughter of Jodi and Brian Aurand… Has two siblings – Elijah and Faith.