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Two School Records By Smith Highlight Valpo Men’s Weekend
Julian Smith lowered two of his school records Saturday. (Derek Schnake)
Julian Smith lowered two of his school records Saturday. (Derek Schnake)

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Sophomore Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) lowered two of his school records in the 60m and 200m dashes on Saturday at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. to highlight the Valparaiso men’s track and field team’s weekend.  A number of Crusaders competed at Notre Dame, while the majority of the squad competed at the Mastodon Invitational in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Smith, who was the last of 12 qualifiers on Friday evening for the event final in the 60m dash, lowered his school record in the sprint by five one-hundredths of a second, crossing the line Saturday in 6.86 seconds to finish in sixth place.  The sophomore then turned around and bested his previous top time in the 200m dash as well, also shaving five one-hundredths of a second off that mark as he placed fourth with a time of 21.70 seconds.

Smith wasn’t the only Crusader at the Meyo Invitational to move onto Valpo’s all-time charts, though, as a pair of freshmen stood out as well.  Kevin Adamik (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) crossed the line with a time of 50.72 seconds in the 400m dash, the fourth-fastest effort in the event all-time at Valpo.  Nick Kowaleski (Lockbourne, Ohio/Grove City) joined Smith in the top-five all-time in the 200m dash, finishing in 29th place with a time of 22.64 seconds, third-fastest in Crusader history in the event.  Senior Bill Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) led Valpo in the weight throw at Notre Dame as well, placing 18th with a toss of 49’0 ¼”.

Meanwhile, at the Mastodon Invitational, the Crusaders tallied 11 top-two placements.  On the track, Valpo earned event victories from Ricky Laskowski (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) in the 200m dash (23.38) and Joe Holy (Bolingbrook, Ill./Joliet Catholic) in the 400m dash (52.81).  On the infield, Sean Carey (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) took first in the pole vault (11’11 ¾”), while Pete Rufo (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) captured the high jump (5’8”).

Jeremy Getz finished just behind Rufo in the high jump in second place, clearing 5’6”, while Jacob Frey (St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area) earned a runner-up finish in the weight throw with an effort of 47’3 ½”.  Laskowski came home second in the 60m dash (7.38) and Mickey Delcambre (Westfield, Ind./Westfield) finished just behind Holy in the 400m dash with a time of 52.87 seconds.  Valpo also picked up two second-places in the distance events, courtesy of Joe Johnson (Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South) in the 3,000m run (9:16.65) and Trace Ostergren (LaPorte, Ind./Culver Academy) in the 5,000m run (16:02.84).

Valparaiso returns to action next weekend at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.  The two-day event begins Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. CST.

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