Mullings Sets Program Record in Long Jump, Walda Continues to Better Own Program Bests
Friday, February 9, 2024
Mullings Sets Program Record in Long Jump, Walda Continues to Better Own Program Bests

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track & field teams started a weekend of competition at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. on Friday. The Beacons were led by a pair of record-setting performances, as Micah Mullings (Minesing, Ontario, Canada / Barrie North) outdid the program’s previous all-time best in the long jump, while Evan Walda (Fort Wayne, Ind.  / South Side) bettered his own program standard in the 3000.  

How It Happened

  • Mullings won the long jump with a leap of 7.50 meters (24-7.25), outdoing a program record of 24-2.25 that had stood since 2011 when it was established by Jarrett Mickens. In addition, Mullings captured the triple jump crown at 14.52m (47-7.75) as part of a strong day in the jump.
  • Walda stopped the clock in 8:12.75 in the 3000, placing seventh in the field. He bettered his own record of 8:14.50 that had occurred at the Blue Demon Alumni Classic.
  • Also in the men’s 3000, Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage) shattered his previous personal record by 14 seconds, climbing to fourth in program history with a time of 8:18.85. He placed 12th in the event. Ehm moved ahead of Alexander Bruno (2020, 8:20.01) for fourth in Valpo lore and is behind only Walda, Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (2023) and Aaron Crauge (2001).
  • Elsewhere on the track, Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) set a PR in the 3000 at 10:12.82, placing 11th of 22. Alex Valerio (Rockford, Ill. / Boylan Catholic) clipped his previous personal best in the 5000 with a time of 15:24.22 that placed 14th.
  • In the throws, Tori Gerhardt (Westville, Ind. / Chesterton) checked in 13th of 23 in the women’s weight at 15.72m.

Up Next

The Beacons will round out the GVSU Big Meet on Saturday. Links to live video and results are available on