Ramblers Rack Up All-Conference Honors at 2012 Horizon League Championships

Sam Penzenstadler and Jake Autio led the way for the Ramblers on the men's first team.

Sam Penzenstadler and Jake Autio led the way for the Ramblers on the men's first team.

Nov. 6, 2012

CHICAGO - After a dominant showing at the 2012 Horizon League Championships, ten members of the Loyola University Chicago men and women's cross country teams received All-Conference honors from the Horizon League.

Four members of the men's squad were named First Team All-Horizon League, led by sophomore Sam Penzenstadler, who earned medalist honors in the men's 8k race in Kenosha, Wis. with a time 24:59. Joining him on the first team were juniors Jake Autio (25:04) and Alex Thornburg (25:22), along with senior Oscar Aguinaga (25:19). This marks the first time that the Ramblers have had four members selected to the first team since the Horizon League began designating first and second team squads in 2002. Sophomore Jared Skrabacz (25:45) and freshman Nick Miller (25:53) were selected to the second team.

Not to be outdone, the Loyola women's side also placed four members on the first team. Senior Gina Valgoi, adding another chapter to her historic career as a Rambler, led the way for the women's side after earning medalist honors in the women's 5k race with a time of 17:05. Junior Alyvia Clark (18:03), freshman Sydney Stuenkel (18:14) and junior Megan Janezic (18:21) joined Valgoi on the first team. Stuenkel also was rewarded Newcomer of the Year honors on the women's side. The mark of four members receiving All-Horizon League honors ties a program record at Loyola, also achieved in 1991 and 1995.

"The success we had this season was truly a demonstration of the hard work put in by our student-athletes," stated head coach Randy Hasenbank. "The roots for this type of success were planted last year and great progress was made throughout the spring. As a coach, it is a very rewarding experience to see these kids have such monumental success but still remain eager to improve."

Both of the Loyola sides will return to action this Friday when they compete at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regionals in Springfield, Mo.