Six Crusaders Capture Titles in Inaugural Home Meet
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Six Crusaders Capture Titles in Inaugural Home Meet
Hannah Reynard moved into third place in the 400 meter hurdles on Saturday.

The Valparaiso women’s track and field team hosted the inaugural Crusader Open on a cold, windy, rainy Saturday at the new Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field. The Crusaders had their first home meet in over 50 years in their final tune-up before the Horizon League Outdoor Championship. The Brown and Gold had six individual title winners.

Hannah Reynard (Jackson, Mich./Napoleon) improved her fourth fastest time in the 400 meter hurdles by over a second to move up to third place in the Crusader record books. She took first by crossing the finish in 1:03.71, almost two seconds ahead of the pack.

Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) captured the title in the 800m in a season best 2:16.44, beating the field by almost five seconds.

The trio of Brooke Hinstorff (Waterloo, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran), Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) and Heather Mende (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) swept the top-three in the javelin, which took place at Eastgate Field. Hinstorff went wire-to-wire in the lead as her first attempt of 33.70m/110-7 was good enough to capture the title. Drozdowski finsihed second with her throw of 31.50m/103-4 and Mende claimed the bronze on her final attempt by hitting 31.16m/102-3.

Drozdowski would go on to capture the title in the hammer throw (49.68m/163-0) while also taking third in the shot put with her heave of 12.34m/40-6.

The senior/junior duo of Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) and Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) each won the titles in their respective events. Taylor won the high jump by clearing 1.60m/5-3 while Peters vaulted a season best 3.50m/11-5.75. The pole vault was competed inside the ARC due to the inclement weather.

Ann Chapman (Washington, Ill./Washington Community) finished second in the triple jump with her mark of 9.16m/30-0.75 and took fourth in the long jump with her mark of 5.00m/16-5.

The 4x100m relay of Mende, Reynard, Kelli Wosick (Mount Prospect, Ill./Saint Viator) and Laura Lacquement (Martensdale, Iowa/Martensdale Saint Mary’s) finished second in 50.08, while the 4x400m relay of Reynard, Allison Baylor (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson), Janelle Wigal (Chattanooga, Tenn./Chattanooga School for the Arts & Science) and Wosick took third in 4:38.03.

Wosick would also finish third in the 400m (1:06.37) and 13th in the 200m (29.07). Baylor took eight in the 400m (1:06.37), while Wigal finished ninth in 2:31.14 Lacquement took eight in the 100m (14.21) and also finished tenth in the 200m (28.62).

Eileen Carmignani (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) and Sandra DiPauli (Downers Grove, Ill./North) both ran season bests in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to finish third (13:18.15) and fourth (13:30.72), respectively.

In the 5,000m, Sophia Robinson (Downers Grove, Ill./South) finished fourth in 20:58.75, Kim Heiny (Burnettsville, Ind./Twin Lakes) ran a season best 21:01.21 to take fifth and Lauren Sturgeon (Portage, Ind./Andrean) finished in seventh (23:25.87).

The Crusaders will travel to Rochester, Mich. next Friday for the Horizon League Outdoor Championship, hosted by Oakland. Live results will be available for all three days at