Crusader Men Compete Saturday at Miami Invitational
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Crusader Men Compete Saturday at Miami Invitational
Steve Schubert moved into fourth in Valpo history in the triple jump. (Ray Acevedo)

Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) and Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) posted some of the top performances in Crusader history in their respective events, leading the Valparaiso men’s track and field squad to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.

The Crusaders tallied 24 points on the day to finish ninth in the 15-team field.  The host RedHawks took top team honors with 201.5 points.

Fresh off of earning Horizon League Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors a week ago, Mickens recorded a career-best leap Saturday in the triple jump, jumping 46’0” even, good for a runner-up finish and the third-best mark all-time at Valpo.  Mickens also tallied a season-best effort in the long jump, placing sixth with a mark of 22’4 ½”.

Schubert finished close behind Mickens in the triple jump, also setting a new career best with a jump of 45’9” to finish third on Saturday and move into fourth on Valpo’s all-time chart in the event.  Meanwhile, Babbitt set a new career best in the hammer throw, tossing the implement 160’0”, fifth-best in Crusader history and good for a ninth-place showing Saturday.

Elsewhere for the Crusaders, Vince Liuzzo (Jamestown, N.Y./Jamestown) earned a fifth-place finish in the javelin throw with a toss of 156’0”.  On the track, Mike Kash (Woodridge, Ill./Lemont Township) finished in ninth place in the 400m hurdles, completing the circuit in a career-best time of 1:00.51.

Valparaiso returns to action next Saturday, April 17 at the Northern Illinois Invitational in DeKalb, Ill.