Crusader Women Compete in Field Events at Michigan Friday
Ryan Moore and his Crusader squad will conclude competition at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Crusader Women Compete in Field Events at Michigan Friday
Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Valparaiso women's track and field squad saw its field contingent in action Friday evening at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich, highlighted by the fourth-best pole vault in program history by Gianna Mirabelli (St. John, Ind./Lake Central).

Mirabelli, competing in her first collegiate meet, cleared 10'6" on Friday evening to match Katrina Roberson (2005) for the fourth-highest vault indoors in the Crusader record books.  The freshman, who finished eighth in the event, is less than six inches off of the Valpo record height of 10'11 3/4".

Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) paced the trio of Crusader throwers who competed in a pair of events on Friday.  The redshirt junior placed 11th in the shot put with a toss of 34'1 1/2", while also finishing 14th in the weight throw, recording a mark of 39'2 1/2".

The Crusader runners will take the stage Saturday on the second day of the two-day meet, taking to the track at 11 a.m. CST.