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
Alek Trafton

Alek Trafton

Events Throws
Yr. Fr.
Hometown Lockport, Ill.
High School (Prev. School) Lockport

2022: Cracked the program record book in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.91m (183-5) at the MVC Outdoor Championships that ranks fourth in program history... Set a PR in the weight throw on Feb. 19 at the ISU Open with a mark of 16.82m (55-2.25)... Earned Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors.

2021: Had his best indoor shot put of the season on Feb. 5 at the GVSU Snowdown Showdown, heaving 42-8.75 (13.02m)… His top indoor weight throw came on Feb. 5 at the GVSU Snowdown Showdown at 50-8.25 (15.45m)… Ranked second on the team in the outdoor discus, topping out at 144-1 (43.91m) at the MVC Championships on May 14… Turned in a 166-8 in the outdoor hammer on April 16 at the Gibson Invitational… Earned MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, MVC Academic Honor Roll and Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors.

2020: Recorded his career-best shot put in his first meet of the season, a throw of 46-1¼ (14.05m) on Jan. 17 at the GVSU Bill Clinger Classic in Allendale, Mich. The mark would stand as the team’s best of the season… Pulled off consecutive second-place finishes in the weight throw after hitting 53-5 (16.28m) at the John Gartland Invitational on Jan. 25 and 53-4½ (16.27m) at the Windy City Rumble on Feb. 8… Set a career-best mark in the weight throw on Feb. 5 at the GVSU Big Meet, finishing fifth with a throw of 54-5¼ (16.59m)… Threw for 51-11¼ (15.83m) in the weight throw and 40-9¾ (12.44m) in the shot put at the MVC Indoor Championships, hosted by UNI on Feb. 29- March 1.

2019: The freshman saw regular throwing action in the indoor season… Had his best indoor shot put (42-4½; 12.92m) at the GVSU Open on Jan. 25…. Turned in his best indoor weight throw (42-8¼; 12.89m) at the MVC Indoor Championship on Feb. 23. Was second on the team in the outdoor shot put with a mark of 42-0¾ recorded at MVC Championships May 12. Also at MVC Championships, Trafton recorded career bests in the discuss (129-4) and hammer throw (138-9¼).

Prep: Was a 2018 all-conference performer in the discus… Earned a pair of letters in both football and track and field… Was a two-year varsity starter on the football team and was named 2017 offensive line player of the year… Named a 2018 Illinois state scholar, a 2018 AP Scholar with distinction, graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and achieved high honor roll all four years.

Personal: Son of Dave and Hanne Trafton… Born on June 30, 2000… Majoring in civil engineering.