Crusaders Return to Action at Grand Valley State
Friday, January 16, 2009
Crusaders Return to Action at Grand Valley State
Philip Lohrmann tied his school record in the pole vault Friday.

Philip Lohrmann (Battle Ground, Wash./Battle Ground [Clark C.C.]) tied his own school record in the pole vault, while Tom Heun (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) registered a fifth-place finish in the 60m hurdles as the Valparaiso men’s track and field team competed Friday evening at the Mike Lints Alumni Open, hosted by Grand Valley State.

Lohrmann registered a height of 14’1 ¼” in the pole vault Friday to tie for a tenth-place finish, matching his own school record from the 2007 indoor campaign.  The fifth-year senior is also Valpo’s record holder outdoors in the event.

Heun qualified for the event finals in the 60m hurdles with a preliminary time of 8.76 seconds, the sixth-fastest qualifying time.  The senior proceeded to slash nearly two-tenths of a second from his time in the finals, coming home in 8.58 seconds for his fifth-place finish.

Other top performances for the Crusader men Friday came in the distance events.  Leandro Schultz (Valley View, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed 11th in the 3,000m run with a time of 9:09.98 and also came home 15th in the mile run, crossing the line in 4:34.95.  Jim Turchyn (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) joined Schultz in the top-15 in the 3,000m run, finishing 14th with a time of 9:22.80, while freshman Mack Morris (Eden Prairie, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) earned an 11th-place showing in the 5,000m run, completing the race in 17:31.40.

The Valparaiso men return to the track next weekend on Saturday, January 24 at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The meet is slated for a 9 a.m. start.