Crusaders Conclude Regular Season at Blue and Orange Open
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Crusaders Conclude Regular Season at Blue and Orange Open
Jacob Smutz took home the weight throw title on Saturday at the Blue and Orange Open.

The Valparaiso men’s track and field team concluded their indoor regular season Saturday at the Orange and Blue Open in Champaign, Ill. The Crusaders finished in third place with 70 points.

Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) won the men’s weight throw title by almost two feet with his toss of 18.05m/59-2.75. Jacob Frey (St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area) finished three spots behind with his 16.24m/53-3.5 heave.

Anthony Franze (Gunter, Texas/Gunter) had two top-four finishes on the day. First in the 60 meter dash, he sprinted to a season best 7.18 for fourth place before clocking in at 22.69 in the 200m. He was just .14 off his personal bests.

James Sampson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and Ryan Shea (Tampa, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch) took seventh (7.29) and eight (7.39) in the 60m dash, respectively, while placing ninth (23.75) and tenth (23.86) in the 200m. Both their times in the 200 were personal bests.

Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./Normal) scored in the mile with his time of 4:27.80 and took seventh place.

In the 60m hurdles, Kevin Adamik (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community), Mark Pinnow (Columbus, Ind./Trinity Lutheran) and Elijah Owen (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) all scored as they finished fifth-sixth-seventh in the finals, respectively. Adamik crossed in 9.17, Pinnow ran a personal best 9.32 and Owen finished in 9.57.

Owen also took sixth in the long jump with his season best leap of 6.17m/20-3 on his first attempt.

In the triple jump, Montell Hall (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) and Gabriel Williams (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard South) took fourth and fifth respectively with marks of 11.56m/37-11.25 and 11.54m/37-10.5, both on their second attempts.

Isaiah Cook (Granger, Ind./Penn) took fifth in the shot put with his final heave of 12.57m/41-3. He also finished sixth in the weight throw with a mark of 13.43m/44-0.75.

Valpo return to the track next Saturday, Feb. 28, for the Horizon League Indoor Championships at Youngstown State. Action begins at 8:00 am Central Time at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. Live results will be available through