South Side's Evan Walda running at Valpo

April 24, 2020

Evan Walda signing

South Side senior student-athlete Evan Walda will continue his running career at Valparaiso University.

The distance runner signed his national letter of intent with to run cross country and track & field at the NCAA Division I school in Northwest Indiana. 

"I liked the atmosphere that I got from the coach and the team," Walda said in a statement from the South Side athletic department.  "Academically, I fit in there very well; and the cross country coach emphasizes having a strong education."

Evan Walda

In cross country, Walda placed 4th at the Summit Athletic Conference championships and qualified for semi-state as a senior. Walda ran the 1600- and 3200-meter races in track. 

Walda earns a 4.03 in the classroom, and ranks 11th in the Archers senior class. He is also South Side's nominee for the Parkview Sports Medicine Dr. James E. Albright Excellence Scholarship.

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