Pair of Valpo Men Post Top Performances at Mike Lints Alumni Open
Friday, January 15, 2010
Pair of Valpo Men Post Top Performances at Mike Lints Alumni Open
Jarrett Mickens posted the fifth-best long jump in school history Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian) both posted performances among the top-five in Crusader history as the Valparaiso men’s track and field team competed Friday evening at the Mike Lints Alumni Open in Allendale, Mich.

Slenk ran a time of 50.6h seconds in the 400m dash, good for a fourth-place finish and the third-fastest time in Crusader history in the event.  The freshman also added a ninth-place showing in the 200m dash with a time of 23.06 seconds.

Mickens posted a distance of 21’8 ¼” in the long jump, good for fifth place and the fifth-best mark in the event all-time at Valpo.  He also registered a third-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 43’1 ¾”.

Also on the infield, Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) joined Mickens with a high placement in the triple jump, recording a distance of 42’8” for a sixth-place finish.  Meanwhile, Charlie Walesa (Chicago, Ill./Luther North) cleared 5’9 ¾” in the high jump to finish in ninth place.

On the track, a pair of Crusaders finished in the top-ten in the 800m run.  Derek Schnake (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) crossed the line in 2:02.07, good for seventh place, while Bryan Gill (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) finished in tenth place with a time of 2:03.22.

Not to be outdone, three Crusader runners posted top-ten showings in the 3,000m run.  Jordan Piaskowy (Crete, Ill./Illiana Christian) led the trio of runners with a seventh-place finish in 9:17.23.  Joel Hartenberger (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) finished in ninth place with a time of 9:20.71, while Patrick Johnson (Oil City, Pa./Cranberry [Monmouth]) finished immediately behind in tenth place, finishing in 9:21.29.

The Crusader men are scheduled to return to action next weekend at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The two-day event begins Friday evening.