On Friday, Jacob Frey and Jacob Smutz saw action at the Meyo Invitational, held at the University of Notre Dame. Competing in the finals for the weight throw, Frey posted a distance of 49’7”, while Smutz cleared 49’1”. Valparaiso also took part in the Windy City Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders were able to post three first-place and several top-five finishes at the meet.
Kevin Adamik topped all competition in the 55-meter hurdlers, finishing with a top time of 8.27.
The Crusaders had three top-five finishes in the 200-meter dash. Don Middlebrook took third (23.47), Joe Holy took fourth (23.48), and Antwon Hatchett took fifth (23.50).
Andrew Butt led the Crusaders in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 52.35 for a third-place finish.
In the 1-mile run, Adam Bruno’s season high mark of 4:26.53 was good enough for third overall; just a second behind the runner-up.
Trace Ostergren took fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:02.58; just two-hundredths of a second out from a top-three finish.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Holy, Butts, Tyler Crum, and Chad Brooks took second in the event with a time of 3:28.42.
Elsewhere, Jordan Kelly claimed first overall in the pole vault, posting a season high clearance of 14’9 ½”.
After competing in the weight throw at the Meyo on Friday, Frey was able to capture a first-place finish in the same event on Saturday, clearing 54’7 ½”. Smutz wasn’t far off of Frey’s mark, claiming second-place at 53’7 ½”. Frey also finished second in the shot put with a season-high mark of 43’4 ½”.
Up next for the Crusaders is the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The meet will take place on Saturday February 15th.