Four Valpo Athletes Register Top-Tens Saturday
Jarrett Mickens won the triple jump for the third time in as many meets Saturday. (Tim Busch)
Jarrett Mickens won the triple jump for the third time in as many meets Saturday. (Tim Busch)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Valparaiso men's track and field team posted four top-ten finishes on Saturday, including two by freshmen, as they competed at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., hosted by the University of Michigan.

For the third time in as many meets this season, senior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) took top honors in the triple jump.  Mickens, twice already the Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week this year, registered a leap of 46'10 1/4” to take the event victory Saturday, out-jumping his nearest counterpart by three inches.  Senior Steve Schubert (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) tied for sixth in the triple jump as well with a mark of 43'7 3/4”.

Another top-ten placement in the jumps came courtesy of freshman Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice).  Smith, who has already cracked the Crusaders' all-time charts in a pair of sprints, showcased his versatility competing in the long jump Saturday, leaping 21'0 3/4” in his first collegiate crack at the event.  Smith's distance was good for a tie for fourth place.  The rookie also placed 13th on the track in the 60m dash, completing the qualifying heat in 7.09 seconds before running a time of 7.13 seconds in the event final.

Another freshman registered a top-ten finish on the track Saturday for the Crusaders.  Rookie Logan Coan bettered his previous best time in the 400m dash by nearly a second, finishing the race in 51.68 seconds, good for a tenth-place showing.

Valparaiso returns to action next weekend at the Tadd Metzger Invitational in Kenosha, Wis.  Action from Carthage College begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.