Track & Field Commences Indoor Season
Friday, December 3, 2021
Track & Field Commences Indoor Season
Eddie Juszczak was one of three Valpo throws in the top eight in the weight throw at Friday's indoor season opener.

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track & field teams began the 2021-2022 indoor season on Friday as the Beacons made their way to Notre Dame, Ind. for the Blue & Gold Invitational. Several Valpo throwers had strong showings in the weight throw, while Nehemiah Ray (Chicago, Ill. / Brother Rice) enjoyed a solid collegiate debut in the sprints.

How It Happened

  • Ray paced the Beacons in the 60, 200 and 400 in his first collegiate meet. He stopped the clock in 7.07 seconds in the 60-meter dash to pace four Beacons and place seventh in a competitive field of 26 runners.
  • Ray also impressed in the 200 and 400, with times of 22.85 and 50.87, respectively. He finished 10th in the 200 and 13th in the 400.
  • The men’s weight throw saw a trio of Beacons deliver heaves that were good enough for top-eight finishes. That group was paced by Alek Trafton (Lockport, Ill. / Lockport)¸ who uncorked a throw of 54-2 (16.51m) that represented an indoor personal record. Trafton earned a third-place finish in the event.
  • Eddie Juszczak (Lowell, Ind. / Lowell) was the second Valpo athlete in the top five in the men’s weight throw, finishing fifth at 53-2.75 (16.22m), while Jeremiah Johnson (Zion, Ill. / Benton) nabbed eighth at 48-10 (14.90m), a new PR.
  • In addition, Johnson led the squad in the shot put, finishing seventh with a mark of 38-9 (11.81m).
  • The weight throw was also a prosperous event for Valpo on the women’s side, where Mackenzie Patten (Highland, Mich. / Milford) cleared her previous PR by four feet with a 46-7.5 (14.21m). That earned her an eighth-place finish in a 20-athlete field.  

Up Next

Valpo will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open in Allendale, Mich.