The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in Day 1 at the Pacesetter Invite hosted by Indiana State on Friday. The men left the first day of competition in fourth with 11 points, while the women are fifth with seven points. Jack Mader led all Crusader athletes with a second-place result in the 5,000m race.
How It Happened
- Mader crossed the line at 14:59.01 to score eight points for the squad. He trimmed 28 seconds off his previous season-best time, taking the team’s best time in the event.
- Sophomore Peter Rhodes (McLeansville, N.C./Burlington Christian Academy) launched the javelin 124’2” to capture three points for the team, taking home sixth place.
- In the hammer throw, freshman Jake Rasawehr (Celina, Ohio/ Celina) had a distance of 126’1” to lead Valpo in the event.
- Sophomore Nellie Bonham (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) earned four points for Valpo in the hammer throw, receiving a distance of 145’1”, capturing fifth place. This is her top result of the season, improving nearly four feet.
- Freshman Anne Mou (Bloomingdale, Ill./Lake Park) ended Day One with a distance of 78’11” in the javelin, leaving in seventh place (two points).
- Junior Kim Heiny (Burnettsville, Ind./Twin Lakes) paced Valpo in the 5,000m event with a time of 18:44.66, adding one point to the team’s total.
Valpo is back in action on Saturday to complete the final day of the Pacesetter Invite. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. CT at the Gibson Track & Field in Terre Haute.