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Crusader Men Earn Six Victories at IPFW Quadrangular
Julian Smith picked up three event wins Saturday. (Ron Stevens)
Julian Smith picked up three event wins Saturday. (Ron Stevens)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Four different athletes combined for six event victories as the Valparaiso men's track and field team continued the 2012 indoor season Saturday at the IPFW Quadrangular in Fort Wayne, Ind., facing off against Oakland and Detroit in addition to the host Mastodons.

Sophomore Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) accounted for a pair of the Crusaders' event victories on the track on Saturday. Smith qualified fastest for the finals of the 60m dash with a time of 7.01 seconds and nearly matched it in the finals, finishing in 7.02 seconds. He also easily earned the win in the 200m dash with a time of 23.09 seconds. Freshman Nick Kowaleski (Lockbourne, Ohio/Grove City) was the runner-up behind Smith in both events, posting times of 7.09 seconds and 23.09 seconds in the 60m and 200m dashes, respectively.

In the distance events, it was junior Wally Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) who came home first in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:48.76, while senior Nick Fagan (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) took top honors in the 5,000m run, crossing the line in 15:53.04. Freshman David Rutkowski (Cedarburg, Wis./Living Word Lutheran) earned podium placement in the 3K with a time of 9:13.99, good for third place, a finish matched by freshman Eric Hickok (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) in the 5K, who crossed the line in 16:20.05.

Valpo's other two event victories came on the infield Saturday. Sophomore Sean Carey (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) took first place in the pole vault by clearing a bar set at 11'11 3/4”. Smith picked up his third top placement of the day, showcasing his versatility with the win in the long jump, leaping 21'9 1/2”.

Three different Crusaders also earned second-place finishes in the field events as well. Freshman Cy Badertscher (Janesville, Wis./Joseph A. Craig) took second place in the triple jump with a mark of 42'11 1/4”. The throws saw freshman Jacob Frey (St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area) earn a runner-up placement with an effort of 44'8 1/2” in the shot put, while junior Alex Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 51'9 1/4”.

Valparaiso has a pair of meets on the docket next weekend. Select athletes will compete at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., a two-day meet which begins on Friday, Feb. 3, while the Crusaders will also return to Fort Wayne to take part in the Mastodon Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 4.

 

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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