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Mickens Takes Long Jump to Lead Crusader Men at Stan Lyons Invite
Jarrett Mickens broke his own long jump record Saturday. (Ron Stevens)
Jarrett Mickens broke his own long jump record Saturday. (Ron Stevens)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Senior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) surpassed his own school record en route to winning the long jump Saturday as the Valparaiso men's track and field squad competed at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind.

Mickens added over four inches to his previous personal best and school record in the long jump, leaping 24'6 1/2” to earn the event victory over a 30-athlete field by four inches.  The Crusaders had a pair of athletes finish in the top-11 in the triple jump as well, as senior Steve Schubert (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) placed fifth with a season-best leap of 45'3”, while sophomore Chris Hovan (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Christian) jumped 41'0 1/4”, a season best as well and good for 11th place.

Sophomore Andrew Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) posted a pair of top-20 finishes in the throws Saturday, including a ninth-place effort in the javelin throw as he unleashed a toss of 147'7”.  Rixon finished 20th as well in the shot put, registering a mark of 42'11”, while his older brother, Bill Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield), placed 21st in the hammer throw with a toss of 157'9”.

Another season-best effort on the infield came courtesy of freshman Sean Carey (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township), as the rookie cleared 13'1 1/2” in the pole vault, tying for 23rd place.  Sophomore Charlie Walesa (Chicago, Ill./Luther North) added a 16th place finish in the high jump as he cleared 5'8 3/4”.

On the track, freshman Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) stood out with a pair of top-five finishes in large fields in the sprints.  Smith ran to a fourth-place finish in the 200m dash Saturday, crossing the line in 22.07 seconds.  The freshman also added a fifth-place showing in the 100m dash with a time of 11.12 seconds.  Sophomore Wally Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) narrowly missed Valpo's all-time top-five in the 1,500m run, crossing the line with a PR of 3:57.25, good for 12th place.

Valparaiso heads to the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.  The three-day meet begins in Indianapolis on Friday afternoon, May 6, at 1 p.m. CDT.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo