The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams emerged as Champions in Classroom, placing a league-most eight athletes on the Horizon League all-academic team, which was announced on Monday. The men’s team boasts six honorees and the women have two on the team.
Sophomore Alexander Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./University), junior Andrew Guzek (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), junior Montel Hall (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan), sophomore Connor Hickey (Peru, Ill./LaSalle-Peru), senior Max Morello (Plano, Ill./Plano), sophomore Keith Nagel (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran), junior Kim Heiny (Burnettesville, Ind./Twin Lakes) and senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) were recognized.
Owen has a cumulative grade point average of 3.63 as a theology and ministry major. She has been a strong force for Valpo during her time on campus, earning two Outstanding Running Performer awards at the Horizon League Indoor Championships in 2016 and 2017. She has her name carved in the women’s career record books eight times. She has her name atop the list for the 3,000m steeplechase. Heiny holds a 3.91 GPA in finance and has earned this honor for a second time. Throughout this season, she holds the top time in the 5,000m race for the women and ranks third in the 1,500m event.
Bruno has been placed on this list for the first time during his collegiate career. He has a 3.51 GPA in mathematics. He leads the men in two distance races and stands second in another. Guzek has earned this honor for the first time as a business management and sport management major, amassing a 3.64 GPA. He is a top thrower in two events for Valpo.
Hall is the only repeat winner for the men’s squad, receiving this recognition in back-to-back seasons. The jumper has a 3.80 GPA in finance. He leads the team with a jump of 44’10 3/4" in the triple jump this year. Hickey, a civil engineering major, has excelled in the classroom and earned a GPA of 3.84. This year, he has competed in five events for the Brown and Gold.
Morello, the men’s only senior honoree, has a 3.61 GPA in sport management. The veteran has run in three events this season for the Crusaders, leading in the 10,000m race. Nagel has a 3.89 GPA in geography. The thrower has a javelin toss distance of 160’01”.
Both teams are in action this weekend as they compete at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships. The meet is hosted by Youngstown State University.
Men’s Track and Field All-Academic Team
Charlie Felton, Detroit Mercy
Ilia Panev, Detroit Mercy
Caleb Abfall, Milwaukee
Peter Andrew, Milwaukee
Kyle Becker, Milwaukee
Nate Pozolinski, Milwaukee
Trase Milburn, Northern Kentucky
Tristan Tapia, Northern Kentucky
George O’Connor, Oakland
Alex Bailey, UIC
Favio Nunez, UIC
Christian Saporiti, UIC
Luke Taccola, UIC
Alexander Bruno, Valparaiso
Andew Guzek, Valparaiso
Montel Hall, Valparaiso
Connor Hickey, Valparaiso
Max Morello, Valparaiso
Keith Nagel, Valparaiso
Joe Dixon, Youngstown State
Ryan Sullivan, Youngstown State
Carl Zallow, Youngstown State
Women’s Track and Field All-Academic Team
Samantha Butterbaugh, Cleveland State
Natalie Vizard, Detroit Mercy
Leah Holmes, Milwaukee
Steph Kostowicz, Milwaukee
Tess Nelson, Milwaukee
Jennah Flairty, Northern Kentucky
Olivia Goessling, Northern Kentucky
BriAuna Keys, Northern Kentucky
Ashley Burr, Oakland
Miranda Haas, Oakland
Rachel Levy, Oakland
Dana Tessmer, Oakland
Ann Mikulecky, UIC
Kim Heiny, Valparaiso
Liz Owen, Valparaiso
Katie Abrahamowicz, Wright State
Alexandra Brown, Wright State
Hailey Brumfield, Wright State
Maria Heckman, Wright State
Gabrielle Markley, Wright State
Sarina Mauerman, Youngstown State
Ellie Pollock, Youngstown State
Libby Rogenski, Youngstown State
McKenzie Sturtz, Youngstown State