Wilson Leads Crusaders at Earlybird Invitational
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Melanie Wilson (Saint Louis, Mo./Rosati-Kain H.S.) posted two top-ten finishes to lead Valparaiso athletes in action Saturday at the Earlybird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State.

Wilson notched a fourth-place finish in the triple jump, the highest finish of the day for any Crusader, jumping 37'5 ". She also took seventh in the 60 meter hurdles.

Amanda Body (Harlan, Ky./Harlan H.S.) also had an impressive day. Body finished just behind Wilson in the triple jump with an effort of 36'3", moving into second on Valpo's all-time chart. Body started the day by finishing 13th in the 60 meter dash; her time of 8.20 seconds ranks fourth-best in Crusader history.

Maggie Zellner (Downers Grove, Ill./Benet Academy) led Valpo in the middle sprints, coming home 13th in the 200 meters and 17th in the 400 meters, while Alicia Zinnecker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill H.S.) paced three Crusaders in the long jump with an effort of 14'8 ".

Valparaiso returns to action after the holidays, as they travel to the Windy City to take part in the Chicago Invitational January 21.