The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams were back in action indoors Friday evening after the holiday break, traveling to Grand Valley State University for the Bob Eubanks Open. The men took home third place, while the women came away with a sixth-place performance.
Three Valparaiso University track and field athletes posted marks among the Crusaders’ all-time best as the men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor season Friday afternoon at Notre Dame’s Blue & Gold Invitational.
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams announced their 2016-17 indoor and outdoor seasons schedules. The indoor season begins this Friday, Dec. 2 at the University of Notre Dame for the Blue and Gold Invitational, while the Crusaders will host a home meet at the Warren G. Hoger Track on campus for the third straight year on April 29.
13 Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had four honorees from the outdoor season, while the women’s squad had three honorees. Three baseball players earned Academic All-League accolades, while softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis each had one recipient apiece.
Valparaiso University senior Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) competed for the final time in a Crusader uniform on Thursday as he represented Valpo at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., competing in the hammer throw.
Valparaiso University senior Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) will close out his Crusader career in the postseason, as he has qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the hammer throw and will compete next Thursday, May 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.
The third and final day of the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships took place at Valparaiso University on Sunday afternoon. Junior Liz Bloy claimed the league championship in the 1,500m run, while freshman Connor Hickey was honored as the Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Meet as the Crusader men matched their best-ever finish in the Horizon League.
Freshman Connor Hickey stole the show on Saturday for the Valparaiso University track and field squads on the second day of competition at the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Valparaiso, rallying to earn the event victory in the decathlon. Hickey’s performance led the Crusader men as they closed the day in third place, while the Valpo women sit in seventh position entering the meet’s final day.