Another School Record Falls as Crusaders Close Out Horizon League Outdoor Championships
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Philip Lohrmann (Battle Ground, Wash./Battle Ground [Clark C.C.]) set a new school record in the pole vault Friday in Youngstown, Ohio as the Valparaiso men’s track and field team concluded the Horizon League Outdoor Championships in seventh place.  Steve Bartholomew (Valparaiso, Ind./Morgan Township) was named the Championships’ Outstanding Field Performer, replicating his honor from the Indoor Championships, after winning both the discus throw and hammer throw Thursday.

            The Crusaders tallied 49 points over the two-day meet for their seventh-place finish, but finished just 15 points out of the fourth position.  Milwaukee took the team championship with 183 points.

            Lohrmann cleared 14’7 ¼” in the pole vault, breaking a 23-year-old Valpo record in the event.  He placed fifth in the event, one of four top-five finishes for the Crusaders on the day.  Valpo’s best individual placement came in the javelin throw, when Brett Maynard (Pawcatuck, Conn./Stonington) placed third with a toss of 168’9”.  Dustin Lawrence (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) also recorded a top-ten finish in the javelin, registering a mark of 132’0” for eighth place.

            Also on the infield, Erik Lindamood (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 44’9 ½”, while Chris Stohs (Shawnee, Kan./Shawnee Mission North) came home just behind Lindamood, placing eighth with a mark of 41’6”.  The Crusaders also had two top-ten finishes in the triple jump, as Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) leapt to a seventh-place finish with a mark of 43’2 ¼”, while Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) jumped 40’7”, good for a ninth-place showing.

            Tom Heun (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) crossed the line fourth in the 110m hurdles, completing the course in 15.10 seconds.  Chris Honig (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South) followed up his championship run Thursday in the steeplechase with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500m run, crossing the line in 3:56.15, the fifth-fastest time in Valpo history in the event.  Jim Turchyn (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) also placed tenth in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:00.90.

            Bartholomew and Honig will now advance to the NCAA Mideast Regionals, to be contested at Fayetteville, Ark. on May 30-31.  Bartholomew qualified for the regionals earlier this year in both the discus and hammer by surpassing the regional qualifying standards, while Honig became eligible by virtue of his steeplechase victory.