Three Crusaders Post Top-Five Program Marks Friday at Michigan
Jarrett Mickens cleared 45 feet in the triple jump Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jarrett Mickens cleared 45 feet in the triple jump Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) and Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) all posted marks in their respective events among the top-five in Crusader history as the Valparaiso men's track and field team competed on the first of two days at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. Friday.

Mickens and Schubert each posted top-five all-time marks in the triple jump on Friday.  Mickens leapt 45'5 1/4" for a second-place finish in the triple jump, the third-farthest leap in program history.  Right behind him was Schubert, who posted a mark of 44'8 3/4" to move into fourth place on Valpo's all-time chart in the event.

Meanwhile, Babbitt launched a big toss in the weight throw, registering a distance of 49'6 1/2" for his sixth-place finish, the fifth-best mark all-time in Crusader history.  Elsewhere Friday, Mickens also paced the Crusaders with a seventh-place showing in the long jump, leaping 20'10 1/2", while Andrew Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) finished seventh in the shot put with a mark of 39'10 3/4".

The Crusader runners will take the stage Saturday on the second day of the two-day meet, taking to the track at 11 a.m. CST.