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Three Victories Lead Crusaders to Highest Finish in School History

Saturday, May 17, 2003

The Valparaiso University men's track and field team recorded three victories on the final day of competition to help lead the Crusaders to a fourth place finish at the Mid-Continent Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Macomb, Ill. on Saturday. Valpo's place is its highest outdoor finish in school history.

Oral Roberts won the men's meet with 203 points, followed by Western Illinois with 185 points and Southern Utah with 154 points. The Crusaders tallied 108 points, followed by Chicago State in fifth with 92 points. UMKC scored 70 points.

Kristopher Schmautz (Missoula, Mont./Hellgate H.S.) opened the day recording a victory in the javelin with a toss of 187'1", a season's best. The freshman was also named Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year for his accomplishments in the meet. Jed Reisetter (Lewiston, Minn./Lewiston-Altura H.S.) finished seventh in the event with a toss of 141'11", while Ryan Smith (Maple Plain, Minn./Delano H.S.) was one place back with a season's best 134'5".

Valpo also scored in two of the three other field events that began the day. Brandon Shreve (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) turned in a personal best effort of 13'1 " in the pole vault to place fifth, while Brian Schultz (Sheboygan, Wis./South H.S.) was eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 41'1 ". Matt Larson (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator H.S.) was the Crusaders top finisher in the discus with a tenth place effort (121'9").

On the oval the Crusaders excelled in the distance events. Nate Nunnelly (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) and Aaron Crague (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) finished first and second in the 1,500m run respectively. Nunnelly broke the tape in 3:53.54 while his teammate was just 0.91 seconds behind.

Crague picked up his victory in the 5,000m run though. The fifth-year senior turned in a time of 15:09.29 to win by more than three seconds, while teammate Matt Blume (Logansport, Ind./Pioneer H.S.) was third finishing in 15:14.54. Rick Wenger (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere H.S.) was fifth with a season's best time of 15:36.14 while Doug Brown (Bluffton, Ohio/Allen East H.S.) also turned in a season's best 15:45.82 to finish eighth giving the Brown and Gold four scorers in the event.

In the hurdles, Sean Barfield (University Place, Wash./Curtis H.S.) finished fifth the 110m event with a time of 15.31 seconds, while Schultz was seventh (15.58 seconds). Nathanel Noon (Birmingham, Ala./John Carroll H.S.) was eighth with a time of 15.66 seconds. The 400m hurdles saw Adam Wierciak (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette H.S.) place fourth with a time of 56.72 seconds.

Kyle Jones (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) turned in the Crusaders best effort in the 800m run with a 12th place finish in a time of 1:59.33.

Valpo's 4x100m relay of Joe Dwyer (Lansing, Ill./TF South H.S.), Raphael Awoseyin (Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria), Joshua Lee (Yellow Jacket, Colo./Montezuma-Cortez H.S.), and Wesley Kosko (Emporia, Kan./Emporia H.S.) finished fifth with a season's best time of 43.99 seconds. The Crusaders 4x400m relay of Wierciak, Jeff Moscinski (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life H.S.), Jones, and Awoseyin also turned in a season's best time of 3:27.39 to finish sixth.

With their victories, Crague, Nunnelly, and Schmautz all qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in two weeks in Columbus, Ohio.
M Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 9th/11 (28.33)
W Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 8th/10 (29)
W Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
M Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
Baseball Wright State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 3
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 6
Baseball Wright State 0 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 2
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 9
W Tennis Valpo 5 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo