The Valparaiso University track & field team continued the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Beacons achieved a number of personal records throughout the middle day of the three-day event.
How It Happened
- In the men’s decathlon, Ethan Litavecz (Highland, Ind. / Highland) racked up 5,212 points, cracking the program record book in the process. He now ranks fifth in program history in that event, bumping Joe Dwyer (2004; 5167) from the top five. Litavecz turned in Valpo’s best decathlon score since Connor Hickey in 2016.
- Tommy Palmer (Indianapolis, Ind. / Heritage Christian) achieved a personal best in the shot put, heaving one 13.55 meters (44-5.5).
- Michelle Pierce (Indianapolis, Ind. / Heritage) posted an 11.87m (38-11.5) in the women’s shot put.
- In the first round of the men’s 100, Nehemiah Ray (Chicago, Ill. / Brother Rice) was 12th with a time of 10.76 seconds. He shaved two hundredth of a second off his previous non-wind-aided PR in that event.
- Marion Isaac (Evergreen Park, Ill. / Evergreen Park) finished the women’s 100 in 13.38 seconds, achieving a personal best. She was the first Beacon to cross the finish line in that event.
- In the men’s 800, Valpo was led by Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy), who crossed the finish line in 1:54.04, a new PR. His time already ranked fifth in program history.
- On the women’s side, Maranda Donohue (Delton, Mich. / Delton-Kellogg) led Valpo in the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:20.12.
- In the 3,000m steeplechase, Brady Southern (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) led the Beacons with a PR of 9:57.03. Ellie Roeglin (Delafield, Wis. / Lake County Lutheran) PR’d on the women’s side in that event at 12:02.00.
The MVC Outdoor Championship will conclude on Sunday, May 15 with live coverage available on ESPN3. Links to live results and video will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.