The Valparaiso University track and field team took several athletes to the Bobcat Invitational, hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. On the second day of the three-day event, sophomore Ben Sekuloski (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) was victorious in the 100-meter dash while moving up the Valpo record book. Junior Alexander Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./University) also climbed the record book in the 5000-meter run.
How It Happened
- On Thursday, the first day of competition, sophomore Jake Rasawehr (Celina, Ohio/Celina) placed 14th in the discus throw with a toss of 156 feet, 10 inches.
- On Friday, senior Andrew Guzek (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) wound up 12th overall after his effort of 170-6 in the hammer throw.
- In the women’s 5000-meter run, senior Kim Heiny (Burnettsville, Ind./Twin Lakes) finished the race in 14th with a time of 18:14.95.
- Sekuloski ran the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.95, which put him 17th overall. In the 400, he crossed the finish line first, coming in at 48.20. That moves him into third all-time in the Valpo outdoor record book, which is just one-tenth off the fastest time in school history.
- Senior Brandon Riley (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) finished 12th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.35.
- In the 1500-meter run, junior Connor Hickey (Peru, Ill./LaSalle-Peru) crossed the line in 4:06.87, which was good for 10th place.
- At the Bobcat Invitational on Thursday, Bruno was able to come up with a fifth-place finish in the 5000-meter run with a time of 14:55.28. With that effort, he moves into fourth all-time on the school top times list for that event. Junior Jack Mader (Granger, Ind./Penn) also ran the 5000-meter race. He finished seventh, clocking in at 15:16.95.
The Crusaders will conclude the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday, March 31 before heading back to the Midwest for the Gibson Invitational at Indiana State next weekend.