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Umana Picks Up Three Top-Fives as Crusader Women Open Outdoor Season
Alyssa Bradford placed third in the 800m run. (Ray Acevedo)
Alyssa Bradford placed third in the 800m run. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) registered top-five finishes in three throwing events, including a win in the discus throw, to lead the Valparaiso women’s track and field squad as it opened the 2010 outdoor season Saturday at the Polar Bear Invitational in Marion, Ind.

Umana registered a mark of 126’4” in the discus throw for the event victory, edging the runner-up in the event by a mere two inches.  The redshirt junior also placed fourth in the hammer throw (139’8”) and fifth in the shot put (35’1”).  Also on the infield, freshman Kara Connelly (Sugar Grove, Ill./West Aurora) tied for sixth in the pole vault, clearing 9’4 ¼”.

On the track, Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) had the best individual finish for Valpo, placing third in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.72.  Whitney Bowman (Portage, Ind./Portage [Purdue]) crossed the line in the 10,000m run in 40:02.29, good for fourth place, while Haley Kerlin (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer) placed fifth in the same event with a time of 40:29.38.  Sara Christensen (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) completed the 3,000m steeplechase in 12:21.13 as well, good for sixth place.

Valparaiso returns to action next Saturday, April 3, as the Crusaders take to the track at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.  The first event is slated for an 11 a.m. CDT start.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler