Two School Marks Fall as Valpo Finishes Third at Carthage
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Valparaiso University's men's track and field team set two new school records, including one meet record, as the Crusaders earned a third place finish in the eight team Carthage Division I Invitational held in Kenosha, Wis. on Saturday.

The Crusaders earned 88 points, trailing just Marquette (116.5) and DePaul (111) in the standings.

Bryan Bell (Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue East H.S.) broke Valpo's school record in the weight throw with a toss of 48'1 ", to finish in fourth place in the event. Bell bettered Matt Larson's 2003 mark of 47'2 ". He also earned a seventh place finish in the shot put on the afternoon with a toss of 44'9 ".

The other school record set by the Crusaders was in the 4x200m relay. Raphael Awoseyin (Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria/Greater Tomorrow S.S.) , Joe Dwyer (Lansing, Ill./TF South H.S.), Elliot Powell (Orange, Calif./Santa Ana H.S.), and Jeff Moscinski (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life H.S.) bettered Valpo's 2003 mark by 1.44 seconds with a time of 1:32.01. The time also set a new meet record, bettering Marquette's 2002 time by .21 seconds.

Powell also won the 55m dash in the meet with a time of 6.64 seconds, while Dwyer tied for third (6.77 seconds). Awoseyin also tallied a victory in the meet, doing so in the 200m dash with a time of 23.19 seconds.

In the 800m run, Matthew Wheeler (Dixon, Ill./Dixon H.S.) finished in second place with a time of 2:00.06, less than a second off of the lead. Kyle Jones (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) finished sixth in the event with a time of 2:01.55.

In the 55m hurdles, Sean Barfield (University Place, Wash./Curtis H.S.) finished third with a time of 8.08 seconds, while Brian Schultz (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan H.S.) was seventh (8.24) and Adam Wierciak (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette H.S.) was eighth (8.25).

Back on the infield, Brandon Shreve (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) finished in fourth place in the pole vault, clearing 11'6 ", while Josh Stamper (DeMotte, Ind./Kankakee Valley H.S.) was tied for fifth with a leap of 10'11 ".

Todd Goodrick (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester H.S.) placed sixth in the weight throw (46'8") and eighth in the shot put (44'11 "), while Jeff Swihart (Goshen, Ind./Northwood H.S.) was eighth in the weight with a toss of 42'0 ".

Valparaiso will return to action next Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to the Windy City to compete in the Chicago Invitational.