Five Top Finishes Lead Valpo at DePauw Invitational
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Five Top Finishes Lead Valpo at DePauw Invitational

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams stayed in Indiana as they traveled to Greencastle for the DePauw Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team garnered four first-place marks, three coming in field events, while the women tallied one, which also came in a field event. The Crusader men finished in third with 96 points and the women ended the invitational in sixth with 46 points.

How It Happened

  • Junior Alexander Watson (Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley) cleared the bar at 15-3 to earn first for Valpo. This height is two inches higher than his previous career watermark and is team’s all-time second-best height.
  • Sophomore Malik Riley (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) launched himself 21-6 in the long jump to receive first, adding almost a foot to his previous season top time.
  • Sophomore thrower Keith Nagel (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) tossed the javelin 160-1 for a first-place mark, three feet farther than his previous best this year. Sophomore Drew McKissick Jr. (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) came in second with a distance of 159-6.
  • For the runners, freshman Bryce Otterbach (Mendota, Ill./Mendota Township) crossed the line ahead of the pack and earned first (57.03) in the 400m hurdles.
  • In the 5,000m run, freshman Victor Fortin (East Peoria, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) finished in second, with a time of 15:59.57, one second faster than the team’s best time from last season.
  • The sprinting duo of junior James Sampson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and freshman Ben Sekuloski (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 200m dash. Sampson (22.93) crossed the finish three-hundredths of a second sooner than his teammate, who finished at 22.96.
  • Senior sprinter Anthony Franze (Gunter, Texas/Gunter) led the Brown and Gold in the 100m dash, crossing in 11.45, good for a seventh-place finish.
  • Sophomore Quinten Holley (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) paced the Crusaders in the 110m hurdles and junior Jonny Heagy (Mt. Lebanon/Pittsburgh, Pa.) tallied the top height for Valpo in the high jump.
  • Capturing the team’s only first-place result at the Invitational, freshman Anne Mou (Bloomingdale, Ill./Lake Park) nabbed a distance of 16-9.75 in the long jump. Sophomore Chidimma Ozodi (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) finished in second after her teammate, with a distance of 16-8.5.
  • The Crusaders other top-two result occurred in the 400m dash. Freshman sprinter Kayla Horne (Chicago, Ill./Luther North College Prep) earned second (1:00.06), removing a second off her previous season best.
  • Senior Grace Nelson (Oregon, Ill./Oregon) led the squad in the 3,000m Steeplechase, receiving sixth (13:35.60). Teammate sophomore Katherine Germann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Finneytown) completed the race right after, finishing in seventh (13:53.67).
  • Freshmen Celia McGhiey (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led the team in the 5,000m race, Jordan Houlihan (Hickory Hills, Ill./Amos Alonzo Stagg) in the 200m dash and Shannon Lahey (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) in the triple jump.

Next Up

Valpo travels to Lisle, Ill. for Day 1 of the Benedictine University Relays on Friday, April 14. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. CT at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.