Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Valparaiso women’s track and field team placed ninth this weekend as it competed at the Miami Team Challenge in Oxford, Ohio.
The Crusaders tallied 22 points for their ninth-place finish out of the 14 competing squads. The host RedHawks took the team title with 212 points.
Valpo had three different athletes rack up fourth-place showings on the day. Amanda Body (Harlan, Ky./Harlan) took fourth place in the 200m dash with a time of 25.87 seconds, while Melanie Wilson (Saint Louis, Mo./Rosati-Kain) finished in the same position in the 100m hurdles, crossing the line in 14.72 seconds. Emilie Marsicek (Spalding, Mich./Carney-Nadeau) also registered a fourth-place finish in the shot put, tossing the implement 43’10”.
Rachael Button (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington Hills) recorded the fourth-fastest time in Crusader history in the 5,000m run, completing the race in 17:49.75, good for a sixth-place showing. Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Wis./Park) placed ninth in the discus throw with a toss of 133’2”, while Sara Christensen (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) registered a ninth-place finish of her own in the steeplechase, coming home in 12:20.74.Valparaiso returns to the track next Saturday, April 19 at the Puma Invitational in Rensselaer, Ind. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. CDT.
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