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Jarrett Mickens placed fourth in the triple jump Saturday.
Jarrett Mickens placed fourth in the triple jump Saturday.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Valparaiso men’s track and field squad competed Saturday at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., hosted by the University of Michigan.

Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) posted Valpo’s top finish on the day, placing fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 43’4 ¼”.  Joining Mickens with a top-ten finish in the field events was Philip Lohrmann (Battle Ground, Wash./Battle Ground [Clark C.C.]), who cleared 13’9 ¼” in the pole vault, good for eighth place.  Nick Babbitt (Glendale, Wis./Nicolet) led three Crusaders competing in the weight throw with a toss of 42’11 ½”, finishing 11th.

On the track, the top showing came from Tom Heun (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), who narrowly missed qualifying for the event finals in the 60m hurdles, placing ninth in the preliminary round with a time of 8.68 seconds.  In the 60m dash, freshman Vinnie Liuzzo (Jamestown, N.Y./Jamestown) paced the Crusaders with a time of 7.33 seconds.

Valpo returns to action next weekend at the two-day Findlay Classic in Findlay, Ohio.  The meet starts Friday at 10 a.m. CST.