Coming off their final tune-up at the inaugural Crusader Open last weekend, the Valparaiso women’s track and field team heads to Oakland on Friday for the Horizon League Outdoor Championship.
The Crusaders have 16 top-ten marks in the Horizon League this season, eight in field events and eight in running events.
Senior Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) holds four top-ten marks alone. At the Illini Twilight on April 18, she set the school record in the hammer throw by almost 11 feet with her moonshot of 57.22m/187-9. She holds the top spot in the Horizon League by 25 feet and is 31st in the nation. She also ranks second in the shot put, and holds the second best school mark, (13.53m/44-7.5), fourth in the discus (39.34m/129-1) and sixth in the javelin (32.56m/106-10).
Senior classmates Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) and Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) hold the top spots in their respective events. Peters is the defending champion in the pole vault and claimed the top spot at the indoor championship earlier this year. Her mark of 3.50m/11-5.75 tops the competition by two inches. Taylor’s mark of 1.68m/5-6 is best in the league by an inch.
Sophomore Liz Bloy (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) has run into the record books again this season. On consecutive days at the Tennessee Relays, she set the second best times in school history in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:03.56) and the 1,500m (4:34.16). Both times also rank second in the Horizon League. Her 800m time of 2:16.44 ranks sixth in the league.
Freshman Hannah Reynard (Jackson, Mich./Napoleon) owns a pair of top-five school performances in the hurdles. She ranks third in the 400m hurdles (1:03.71) and fifth in the 100m section (15.39). She ranks fifth in the league in the 400m hurdles, eighth in the 400m (59.44), and 14th in 100 meter hurdles.
Senior Brooke Hinstorff (Waterloo, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) and junior Heather Mende (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) rank second and third in the javelin, respectively, with marks of 36.38m/119-4 and 36.11m/118-6.
Senior Kelli Wosick (Mount Prospect, Ill./Saint Viator) ranks ninth in 400m this season with her time of 59.63.
Action begins on Friday with the heptathlon starting at 9:30 am CT. The discus, javelin, and 10,000 meter run will also take place during the afternoon and evening. Live results will be available at ValpoAthletics.com. Sunday’s action will also be broadcast on the Horizon League Network. For more information, including complete schedules, heat sheets, and directions, visit the Horizon League Outdoor Championship Central Page at http://www.goldengrizzlies.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/c-track-championship-15.html.