On Saturday, the Crusader men traveled to Greencastle, Ind. to compete in the DePauw Invitational. Valparaiso saw nine athletes collect top ten finishes, with Elijah Owen (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and Justin Zosso (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) leading the way with third and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
Owen supplied the Crusaders with their best finish of the day, taking third in the javelin with a mark of 173’7”. Owen also took eighth in the high jump (5’8 ¾”).
Zosso’s height of 14’7 ¼” in the pole vault not only gave him a fourth-place finish, but it also tied the top mark in program history.
Max Salguero (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) took fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking in at 10:18.39.
The Crusaders produced a pair of top ten finishers in the 5,000-meter run, with Trace Ostergren (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) taking fifth and Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./Normal) taking ninth. Ostergren clocked in at 15:39.00, while Bruno finished just ten seconds later at 15:49.20. Max Morello crossed in finish line in 15:52.90; just two seconds outside the top ten.
In the 400-meter dash, Chad Brooks (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) clocked in at 51.98 for sixth-place.
Antwon Hatchett (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) ran for a ninth-place finish in the hurdles with a time of 57.82.
Valparaiso’s 4x400 and 4x100 meter relay teams each captured top ten finishes. The 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth (3:25.02), while the 4x100-meter relay team took eighth (44.02).
The Crusader men finished the meet in ninth-place with 28.33 points.
Up next for the Crusaders are the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill. The two day event begins on Friday, April 11th.