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Cherrington Wins Javelin as Valpo Finishes Fifth at Mid-Con Championships

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Valparaiso University sophomore Jessica Cherrington (Roseberg, Ore./Umpqua Valley Christian H.S.) won the javelin throw to help the Crusaders to a fifth place finish at the Mid-Continent Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Macomb, Ill. on Saturday.

Southern Utah won the team title with 238 points while Western Illinois was the meet runner-up with 206 points. Oral Roberts finished third with 146 points followed by UMKC with 97 points. The Crusaders scored 69 points and Chicago State tallied 53 points.

Cherrington won the javelin to begin the day with a season's best toss of 132'3" and as the event champion earned a berth at the NCAA Regional Championships in Columbus, Ohio in two weeks. Teammate Heather Furr (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) also scored for the Brown and Gold in the event with a toss of 110'8" in her first time competing in the javelin.

Valpo did not score in the other two field events to begin the day. Katie Vogt (Hardyston, N.J./Wallkill Valley H.S.) was the Crusaders top finisher in the discus placing tenth with a toss of 100'1", while Rachel Liptak (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley H.S.) was one place back with a season's best throw of 98'5". In the triple jump, Alicia McNair (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins H.S.) led Valpo with a tenth place finish jumping 33'10 ".

On the oval the Valpo distance runners had the most success. Amy Mikel (Lemont, Ill./Fenwick H.S.) finished third in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:39.65 to lead a trio of Crusader scorers. Rachel Nelson (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit H.S.) was sixth crossing the line in 4:42.94 while Elizabeth Kinneer (Brighton, Mich./Brighton H.S.) was two spots back finishing in 4:45.03. All three times were season's bests. Nelson was also Valpo's top finisher in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.00 in tenth place.

In the 5,000m run, Elizabeth Whiting (Parma, Mich./Western H.S.) turned in a fifth place effort with a time of 18:29.87 while Amanda Lee (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon H.S.) was one spot back with a time of 18:42.49. Heidi Nathan (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford H.S.) missed scoring by just one place but turned in a season's best time of 19:07.33.

In the sprints, Maggie Zellner (Downers Grove, Ill./Benet Academy) finished sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 59.12 seconds, while Mary Frisch (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) was eighth in the 400m hurdles (1:07.63).

Valpo's 4x100m relay team of Frisch, Lynnae Skogerboe (Fridley, Minn./Columbia Heights H.S.), Amanda Meyer (Somerset, Wis./Somerset H.S.) and Zellner placed sixth with a season's best time of 50.94 seconds. The 4x400m relay finished fifth as Meyer, Nelson, Mikel, and Zellner crossed the finish line in 4:01.96.

With the exception of Cherrington, who will compete at the NCAA Regionals, the Crusaders season has come to a close.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay