2018-19 Men's Track & Field
Taylor Allen Sprints
Gunnar Ashmon Sprints/Hurdles
Kyle Baker Pole Vault
Joey Black Distance
Ignacio Veloz Bonilla Distance
Alexander Bruno Mid-Distance
Aaron Clark Jr. Multi-Events
Emanuel Daggett Sprints
Rylan Dreyer Distance
Anthony Elliott Throws
Zack Fortener Hurdles
Victor Fortin Distance
Tyler Grimes Mid-Distance
Connor Hickey Multi-Events
Quinten Holley Sprints/Hurdles
Brian Hughes Sprints
Nate Izewski Distance
Eddie Juszczak Throws
Lucas Lavendusky Throws
Jack Mader Distance
Will Maidment Jumps
Bryce Otterbach Sprints
Dominic Paoletti Distance
Francisco Ramirez Distance
Jake Rasawehr Throws
Peter Rhodes Throws
Malik Riley Sprints/Jumps
Jeremy Seiler Pole Vault
Ben Sekuloski Sprints
Evan Snow Pole Vault
Brady Southern Distance
Cole Stradtmann Jumps
Zach Topper Pole Vault
Alek Trafton Throws
Noah Vanderhei Distance
T.J. Weinzimmer Jumps
Jack Worman Sprints
Tim Zange Mid-Distance
Andrew Zittel Distance
Full Roster
Zack Fortener

Zack Fortener

Events Hurdles
Yr. So.
Hometown Byron, Ill.
High School (Prev. School) Byron

2020: On Jan. 24-25, recorded a ninth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at Indiana State’s John Gartland Invitational… Also ran anchor on the Valpo 4x400-meter relay team, which finished third… Set Valpo’s second-best mark in the heptathlon on Feb. 7-8 at University of Chicago’s Windy City Rumble, finishing with 4,308 points and in fifth place… Competed in the heptathlon in the MVC Indoor Championships at UNI on Feb. 29-March 1, where he set career-bests in the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and pole vault.

2019: Recorded his best indoor 200-meter dash of the season, a time of 24.67, on Feb. 2 at Purdue’s Fred Wilt Open…. Ran a 53.48 in the indoor 400-meter dash at the GVSU Tune-Up on Feb. 15. Ran the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay Jan. 25 at GVSU, when the team finished in 3:28.67... Set his career-best 400-meter hurdles time of 58.05 on April 6 at Gibson Invitational... Competed in his first career decathlon at MVC Outdoor Championships, where he finished with 4,979 points and set career-bests in all 10 events: the 100-meter dash (11.83), 400-meter dash (52.70), 1,500-meter run (4:48.56), 110-meter hurdles (17.81), high jump (5-5¼), pole vault (9-5), long jump (19-2½), shot put (27-6¾), discus (73-6½), and javelin throw (105-1¾).

2018: Recorded his season-best 400-meter hurdle time of 58.68 on April 7 at the Gibson Invitational…Was a part of the winning 4x400 relay team at the Crusader Invite with a time of 3:29.23.

Prep: Won the Track & Field Captain Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017… Was a three-time state finalist in Illinois in the 3200-meter relay (2015, 2016, 2017)… Placed fifth in the 3200 relay in the 1A division in the 2016 state finals… Placed sixth in the 3200 relay in the 2A division in the 2017 state finals… Was an Illinois Top Times (indoor state meet) qualifier in 2015, 2016 and 2017… Placed eighth in the 1A division in 2015, fifth in 1A in 2016 and sixth in 2A in 2017 at the indoor state meet… Honored as an all-conference performer in the Illinois Big Northern Conference in 2015, 2016 and 2017… Part of sectional championship teams in 2014 and 2015… Broke the Byron High School record for the 3200 relay in 2017. The previous record was 8:01.99 and his relay shattered that mark at sectionals with an 8:01.64, then broke it again at state with a time of 7:59.57... In addition to winning three letters in track and field, ran cross country in 2016 and 2017 while also competing in golf (2014) and basketball (2014 and 2015)… Was a member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Races Bicycle Motocross (BMX) and has been doing so since 2003… Has five national wins as a BMX racer and is a certified Expert Racer… Favorite food is pizza, movie is Shrek and type of music is alternative and heavy metal... Majoring in mechanical engineering… Son of Alisha and Andrew Fortener… Born on April 2, 1999.