Pair of Event Wins Highlight Crusader Men's Action at Anderson Invite
Jarrett Mickens won the long jump for the third time outdoors this season. (Ron Stevens)
Pair of Event Wins Highlight Crusader Men's Action at Anderson Invite
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Senior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) earned his third event victory of the year in the long jump, while sophomore Charlie Walesa (Chicago, Ill./Luther North) captured the long jump Thursday as a portion of the Valparaiso men's track and field team competed at the Anderson Invitational in Anderson, Ind.

Mickens, who has earned top-two finishes in the long jump in all five meets during the outdoor campaign, took top honors in the event for the third time this season on Thursday with a leap of 23'10 3/4”.  The jump was enough to take the title by more than four inches.  The senior also placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 46'2”, while he was also joined in the top-ten in that event by senior Steve Schubert (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy), who finished sixth with a jump of 43'5 1/4”, and redshirt sophomore Chris Hovan (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Christian), who recorded a PR of 41'10 1/2” to place eighth.

Meanwhile, Walesa earned his first career victory in the high jump outdoors on Friday, clearing a season-best 5'10 ¾” to take top honors in the event.  Elsewhere on the infield, freshman Sean Carey (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) finished the day fifth in the pole vault after vaulting 11'11 3/4”.

On the track, junior Derek Schnake (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) led the way, running to a runner-up finish in the 1,500m run.  Schnake crossed the line in the event with a PR of 4:13.26 to place second.  Redshirt junior Keith Button (Farmington  Hills, Mich./Farmington) finished sixth in the same event, covering the distance in a season-best time of 4:20.44, while senior Ryan Ruppel (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) ran to a tenth-place showing in the 200m dash with a season-best effort of 23.77 seconds.

Valparaiso returns to action on Saturday, April 30 at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind.  Action that day is slated for a 3 p.m. CDT start.