The Valparaiso women’s track and field team kicked off the Horizon League Indoor Championship on Saturday at the Watson and Tressel Training Site at Youngstown State. The Crusaders finished the day in seventh place with 19 points.
Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) won the pole vault title and bested her school record in the event by two and quarter inches with her height of 3.61m/11-10, out-vaulting second place by almost four inches.
Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) finished second in the weight throw with her toss of 15.17m/49-9.25, just three-quarters of an inch behind Natassia Roberts of Wright State for first place.
Kelli Wosick (Mount Prospect, Ill./Saint Viator) and Hannah Reynard (Jackson, Mich./Napoleon) ran season bests but just missed qualifying for the finals in the 400 meter dash, finishing ninth (59.19) and tenth (59.20), respectively.
Ann Chapman (Washington, Ill./Washington Community) leapt 4.79m/15-8.75 in the long jump and finished in 17th place.
Heather Mende (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles Prep.) ran a season best 8.24 in the 60m prelims.
Valpo returns to the track on Sunday for the final day of the Horizon League Indoor Championship. Multi events and the high jump begins at 8:00 am CT. the triple jump and shot put start at 10:00 am and running events begin at 12:00 pm. Live video will be available on ESPN3.com beginning at 11:55 pm. Links to video and live results will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.