Crusader Men Conclude Action at Findlay Classic
Joel Hartenberger finished in seventh place in the 5,000m run. (Ray Acevedo)
Crusader Men Conclude Action at Findlay Classic
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Five Crusader athletes combined for six top-ten finishes as the Valparaiso men’s track and field team took part in the Findlay Classic in Findlay, Ohio on Friday and Saturday.

On the infield, Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) posted a pair of top-tens, placing fourth in the triple jump and tenth in the long jump with leaps of 42’10 ¼” and 20’9 ¾”, respectively.  Steve Schubert (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) leapt 42’2 ¼” in the triple jump, good for sixth place, while Chris Hovan (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Christian) placed eighth, registering a mark of 39’1 ¾”.  In the throws, Nick Babbitt (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) led the way with a toss of 51’7” in the weight throw, good for 13th place and the fourth-longest distance in Crusader history.

On the track, Joel Hartenberger (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia) led the way with a seventh-place finish in the 5,000m run, crossing the line in 16:10.94.  David Carter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) finished the mile run in eighth place with a time of 4:34.85.

Derek Schnake (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) and Bryan Gill (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) finished in 11th and 13th place in the 800m run, respectively, with times of 2:03.68 and 2:03.90.  Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian) paced Valpo in the sprints, coming home in the 400m dash in 12th place with a time of 52.14 seconds.

Valparaiso takes next weekend off before taking part in the Chicagoland Championships in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, February 13.