Crusaders Open GVSU Big Meet Friday
Friday, February 10, 2012
Crusaders Open GVSU Big Meet Friday
Nick Fagan moved into third on Valpo's all-time chart in the 5K Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Kevin Adamik (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) and Nick Fagan (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) both moved up Valpo’s all-time top-fives in their respective events, while Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) posted a pair of top-six finishes in invite-only events Friday evening as the Valparaiso men’s track and field team opened competition at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.

Adamik registered a top-ten finish in the 600m dash on Friday evening, as the freshman crossed the line in 1:23.32, good for ninth place among the 33 competitors.  His time was more than three seconds faster than his previous season best in the event and put him in third place all-time at Valpo in the 600m dash.

Fagan competed in a large field of 176 runners in the 5,000m run on Friday and acquitted himself well, placing 42nd with a time of 15:10.19.  The senior’s time was over 40 seconds faster than his season best in the 5K and vaults him into third place in Crusader history in the event with Valpo’s fastest time in 12 years.

Smith earned spots in the invite-only sections of the 60m and 200m dashes Friday night and showed why he was chosen with stellar performances.  The sophomore finished sixth in the 60m dash final with a time of 6.97 seconds, and then came up just one one-hundredth of a second shy of his own school record in the 200m dash, crossing the line in 21.71 seconds for a second-place finish.

Valparaiso concludes the GVSU Big Meet on Saturday with a long day of competition, slated for a 9 a.m. CST start.