Maidment Wins High Jump, Mikolajczak Climbs in Program Record Book
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Maidment Wins High Jump, Mikolajczak Climbs in Program Record Book
Will Maidment, shown here competing in the indoor championships, won the high jump on Friday.

The Valparaiso University track & field teams competed in both the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Meet and the Benedictine Invitational on Friday. Senior Will Maidment (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock) won the high jump at Benedictine to pace the Valpo men, while Lauren Mikolajczak (Bloomingdale, Ill./Montini Catholic) climbed to second in program history in the hammer throw for the women. In addition, Dominic Paoletti (Monroe, Mich./Monroe St. Mary) moved up in the program record book in the outdoor 5,000-meter run and T.J. Weinzimmer (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) cracked the all-time Top-5 in the outdoor triple jump on a day filled with personal bests for Valpo student-athletes.

How It Happened - Benedictine

  • Maidment took home a victory in the high jump posting a height of 1.95m (6-4.75). Teammates Billy Morinville and David Engstrom (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) helped Valpo own three of the top-six spots in that event by placing fourth and sixth, respectively.
  • Mikolajczak led the women by throwing for a distance of 54.20m (177-10) in the hammer event to place second overall. In the process, she delivered the second-best hammer throw in program history behind Sarah Drozdowski’s 2015 record of 187-9. Mikolaczak climbed to second in program history with her new PR, usurping Holly Hagen’s 2005 mark of 177-0. Michelle Pierce (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian) added a sixth-place finish in the event with a distance of 43.05m.
  • Weinzimmer finished third in the triple jump, covering a distance of 13.95m (45-9.25). That mark outdid Steve Schubert’s 45-9 from 2010 and 2011 for a spot in Valpo’s outdoor all-time Top 5. After the outdoor PR on Saturday, Weinzimmer now owns a spot in the program record book for both indoor and outdoor triple jump.
  • Eddie Juszczak (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) placed second in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.48m (165-7), setting a PR. Teammate Alek Trafton (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) recorded a distance of 49.58 to finish fourth overall.
  • Trafton also recorded a third-place finish in the discus throwing for a distance of 41.36m (135-8) to lead a pair of top-5 finishers for Valpo with Juszczak coming in fourth at 40.94 (134-4).
  • Fifth-year senior Emanuel Daggett (Chicago, Ill./Gavit) placed fourth overall in the 400m clocking a 49.56, an outdoor PR in that event. He also had an outdoor best in the 200m, leading the team with a seventh-place finish at 22.54.
  • Jared Humphrey (Hobart,Ind./Andrean) had a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles at 58.13, establishing a personal best.  
  • Hayley Krulik (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) added a top-10 finish in the discus with a seventh-place finish, throwing 35.91m. Freshman Devyn Miller (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) threw for 35.07m to place eighth overall as Valpo had two in the Top 10 and three in the top 11 in the discus event.
  • Tyler Howard (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland) sprinted the 400m in 1:02.12 to place eighth in the event.
  • Peyton Weber’s (Germantown, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) long jump distance of 4.73m (15-6.25) was good enough to place 10th overall, notching a top-10 finish as a rookie.
  • The men finished fourth overall at the event with 70 points.

How It Happened – Big Blue

  • Paoletti had the highest finish for the men in the 5000m run as the senior clocked a 14:43.40. He advanced to third in program history, passing Dave Brady’s 1972 time of 14:47.1. The new PR for Paoletti was Valpo’s best time in that event since 2003.
  • Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R.) recorded a fifth-place finish in the 1500m run crossing the finish line in 3:58.08.
  • Brady Southern (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) finished eighth in the 3000m steeple with a time of 10:53.39. Mormin Mirza (South Bend, Ind./South Bend Adams) followed with a ninth-place finish, clocking a 12:15.79.
  • Claire Kovarik (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove) finished second in the 3000m steeple, clocking a 13:57.73.

Up Next 

Valpo will return to action on Friday, April 16 as both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.