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Valpo Finishes Third at DePauw on Saturday

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The Valparaiso women's track and field team finished in third place on Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Invitational held in Greencastle, Ind.

The Crusaders tallied 113 points in the field of 16 schools, just 13 points behind runner-up Indianapolis. Lindenwood won the meet with 147 points.

Valpo's distance squad did the most damage at the meet. Five Crusaders finished in the top-seven in the mile, led by Rachel Nelson (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit H.S.). Nelson finished in second place with a time of 5:12.60. Danielle Nunnelly (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) finished third with a mark of 5:13.98, while Amy Mikel (Lemont, Ill./Fenwick H.S.) was fourth (5:14.00) and Jobeth Schmiesing (North Mankato, Minn./Mankato West H.S.) finished fifth (5:14.57). Elizabeth Whiting (Parma, Mich./Western H.S.) was seventh with a time of 5:20.15.

The Crusaders also place three runners in the top-five in both the 800m and the 3000m runs. In the 800m, Nelson posted another runner-up finish with a time of 2:21.65, while Nunnelly was just 1.71 seconds back in third place. Kristy Popp (Bowman, N.D./Bowman H.S.) was fifth with a time of 2:24.62.

In the 3000m, Whiting was second with a time of 10:41.23, while Heidi Nathan (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford H.S.) finished fourth (10:56.62). Ashley Billstrom (Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall H.S.) was fifth crossing the line in 10:57.88.

In the 600m run, Amanda Meyer (Somerset, Wis./Somerset H.S.) broke her own school record on the way to a third place finish. Her time of 1:39.54 bettered her 2003 mark by 1.06 seconds. Laura Arloszynski (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) earned a sixth-place finish in the 55m dash with a time of 7.59 seconds to round out the scorers in the running events for Valpo.

On the infield, Meyer posted a fifth place finish in the pole vault, leaping 10'0". Martha Josephson (Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes H.S.) and Annie Elzey (Cornell, Ill./Flanagan H.S.) finished seventh and eighth respectively in the triple jump. Josephson turned in a leap of 32'8 ", while Elzey was 3 " shy of that mark.

Holly Hagen (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) turned in a pair of top-five finishes on the afternoon. The junior finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 39'1 ", while placing fifth in the weight throw (43'11 "). Rachel Liptak (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley H.S.) also scored in the weight, tossing it 42'5 " to finish sixth.

Valpo will return to action next Saturday, as the Crusaders split the squad. Some athletes will head to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic, while the rest will head to Kenosha, Wis. for the Pepsi Challenge.
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. 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