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Mickens, Smith Earn HL Honors On Final Day of Indoor Championships
Jarrett Mickens won both the long jump and triple jump at the 2011 HL Indoor Championships.
Jarrett Mickens won both the long jump and triple jump at the 2011 HL Indoor Championships.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Senior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) was named the Horizon League’s Most Outstanding Field Performer,  while freshman Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) was named Running Newcomer of the Year as both lowered their own school records on Sunday to lead Valparaiso in the final day of action at the league’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Valpo totaled 36 points in the two-day meet, good for sixth place, as the Crusaders finished ahead of UIC.  Milwaukee took home the team title with 126.5 points.

For the second straight day, Mickens improved upon his own school record en route to an event victory.  Sunday, it was a standout performance in the triple jump, as the senior leapt 48’10” to win the event by nine-and-a-half inches.  Mickens’ jump was eight inches further than his previous best in the event, and he has now jumped two feet further than anybody else in program history.  Fellow senior Steve Schubert (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) finished eighth in the triple jump as well, posting a season-best distance of 44’10 ¼”.

Meanwhile, Smith earned a pair of podium finishes Sunday to secure his individual accolade.  One day after shattering Valpo’s school record in the 200m dash, the freshman cut another 0.12 seconds off his own top time, crossing the line in 21.75 seconds.  Smith’s time was good for a third-place finish and was just 0.03 seconds outside of the runner-up slot.  Smith also posted a third-place finish in the 60m dash Sunday, covering the distance in 6.93 seconds, just 0.02 off his own school record in the event.

The Crusaders also had a relay squad break into their top-five times all-time, as the 4x400m relay team ran to a seventh-place finish.  The team of Smith, Derek Schnake (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park), Joe Holy (Bolingbrook, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and Keith Button (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) crossed the line in 3:25.61, the third-fastest such relay in program history and less than a half-second off of the second-fastest time.

A number of Valpo distance runners posted PRs on Sunday to pace the Crusader contingents in their respective events.  Sophomore Wally Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) ran to a 12th-place finish in the mile run, crossing the line in a PR time of 4:22.03.  Senior Joel Hartenberger (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) broke nine minutes for the first time in his career in the 3,000m run, placing 17th with a time of 8:59.86, while junior Nick Fagan (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) finished right behind Hartenberger with a PR of 9:00.70.

On the infield, sophomore Andrew Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) contributed to the Crusader team score with a fifth-place finish in the shot put.  Rixon recorded a top toss of 45’11 ¼”, a new personal best in the event.  Sophomore Charlie Walesa (Chicago, Ill./Luther North) also picked up a top-ten on the infield, placing ninth in the high jump after clearing 6’0 ½”.

The league championship meet closed the Crusaders’ 2011 indoor campaign.  Valpo will return to action outdoors in late March at the Polar Bear Invitational in Marion, Ind.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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