Valpo Men Go 1-2-3 In Triple Jump Saturday at DePauw
Jarrett Mickens won the triple jump and finished fourth in the long jump Saturday. (Tim Busch)
Jarrett Mickens won the triple jump and finished fourth in the long jump Saturday. (Tim Busch)

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Crusader athletes went 1-2-3 in the triple Saturday at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind., three of 13 top-ten finishes on the day for the Valparaiso men’s track and field squad as it finished in seventh place.

The Crusaders tallied 57 points as a team on Saturday for their seventh-place showing.  Wabash took the team title by a mere point over Indiana Wesleyan, 111.5-110.5.

Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), who has dominated the triple jump all season both indoors and outdoors, continued his tremendous junior campaign with the event victory on Saturday, leaping 43’11 ¾”.  Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) was runner-up in the same event behind Mickens, jumping 43’8”, while Chris Hovan (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Christian) completed the podium sweep for Valpo with a leap of 39’5 ¼”.

Mickens also picked up a fourth-place finish on Saturday in the long jump, recording a jump of 20’9 ¾”.  Elsewhere in the jumps, Charlie Walesa (Chicago, Ill./Luther North) cleared 5’10” in the high jump to finish seventh, while on the track, David Carter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) tallied the Crusaders’ lone top-ten finish with an eighth-place showing in the 1,500m run, crossing the line in 4:12.12.

The Crusaders also tallied a good number of points in the throws Saturday.  Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) was the runner-up in the hammer throw with a toss of 150’8”, while Bill Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) finished in fourth place in the same event, registering a throw of 140’5”.  Rixon also tallied a runner-up finish in the discus throw, reaching 139’0”.

Younger brother Andrew Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) picked up a trio of top-tens on the day, placing eighth in the shot put (41’11 ¼”), ninth in the discus throw (126’9”) and tenth in the hammer throw (126’0”).  Joe Spitzzeri (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland) added to the Crusader team score with a sixth-place showing in the javelin throw, registering a toss of 143’4”.

Valparaiso returns to action next Saturday, April 10 at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.