The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams completed the Pacesetter Invite with the men coming in fourth with 58 points and the women receiving sixth with 23 points. Sophomore Alexander Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./University) earned the men’s top finish, capturing second place in the 1,500m, senior Liz Owen (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) had the same result in the same event.
How It Happened
- Bruno crossed the line at 3:57.97, nearly passing his season-best time of 3:55.30
- The Crusaders next best result came in discus, with freshman Jake Rasawehr (Celina, Ohio/Celina) taking home a distance of 162’1” for third place.
- Sophomore Zachary Topper (Portage, Ind./Portage) cleared the bar at 14’6 1/4" in the pole vault, his first attempt in this event this season.
- Junior James Sampson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) sprinted a 11.08 in the 100m race and freshman Ben Sekuloski (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) crossed the line at 22.31 in the 200m sprint, both holding Valpo’s best marks at the Invite.
- Owen’s time of 4:37.58 was a second shy of moving past her season-best mark of 4:36.15.
- Sophomore thrower Nellie Bonham (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) led the Crusaders in the shot put (38’5 1/2”).
- Freshman Anne Mou (Bloomingdale, Ill./Lake Park) garnered two top finishes for Valpo, both in field events. In the triple jump, the rookie leaped 35’5 1/4" and in the javelin she had a toss of 78’11”.
The lone home meet of the season for the Brown and Gold is up on the slate this coming Saturday, April 29. The meet will be at the Warren G. Hoger Track.