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Pair of Seconds From Smith Lead Valpo Friday
Julian Smith posted two runner-up finishes Friday. (Ron Stevens)
Julian Smith posted two runner-up finishes Friday. (Ron Stevens)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sophomore Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) registered a pair of second-place finishes to lead the Valparaiso men’s track and field team as the Crusaders took to the track for the first time in 2012 at the Bob Eubanks Open in Allendale, Mich. on Friday, hosted by Grand Valley State.

Smith continued his dominant performances for the Crusaders in the sprints on Friday.  The sophomore actually qualified with the fastest time out of a 53-runner field for the finals of the 60m dash before earning a second-place finish, covering the distance in the finals in 6.95 seconds.  Smith then posted a runner-up finish out of 56 runners in the 200m dash as well, crossing the line in 22.11 seconds.

But it wasn’t just Smith with solid efforts on Friday, as the Crusaders had top-15 showings up and down the track events.  Freshman Nick Kowaleski (Lockbourne, Ohio/Grove City), competing in just his second collegiate meet, moved into fourth place on Valpo’s all-time chart in the 60m dash, placing sixth in the event final with a time of 7.06 seconds.  Freshman Kevin Adamik (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) earned a pair of top-ten finishes, placing seventh in the 400m dash (50.97 seconds) and tenth in the 300m dash (36.83 seconds).

Junior Wally Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) came home ninth out of 56 competitors in the one mile run on Friday, crossing the line in 4:21.16, while senior Derek Schnake (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) finished 14th in the 800m run with a time of 2:03.99.  The Crusaders’ 4x400m relay squad, which featured Smith and Schnake as well as sophomores Joe Holy (Bolingbrook, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and Mickey Delcambre (Westfield, Ind./Westfield), ran to an 11th-place finish, crossing the line in 3:31.54.

On the infield Friday, freshman Cy Badertscher (Janesville, Wis./Joseph A. Craig) slightly bettered his collegiate PR in the triple jump, leaping 43’1” to finish in eighth place in the event.  Also, senior Bill Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) recorded Valpo’s top finish in the throws, placing 15th in the weight throw with a toss of 50’4 ¾”.

Valparaiso returns to the track next weekend at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational in Madison, Wis.  The two-day meet begins Friday afternoon, January 20 at 1 p.m. CST.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo