The Valparaiso men’s track and field team finished third with 101 points in the DePauw Outdoor Invitational on Saturday as three individuals captured titles.
Justin Zosso (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) bested his own school record in the pole vault as he captured the pole vault title by clearing 4.75m/15-7, four inches better than the mark he set on March 21 at St. Joseph’s College.
Jacob Frey (St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area) took the title in the hammer throw by besting his second best mark in school history by seven inches with a toss of 57.20m/187-8. He also finished third in the discus with his season best mark of 46.58m/152-10.
Jeremy Getz (Colorado Springs, Colo./Harrison) out threw the field by almost 25 feet in the javelin as he took the title with a mark of 57.73m/189-5
Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) finished right behind Frey in the hammer throw with his mark of 52.45m/175-4 and finished sixth in the discus with his season best heave of 43.87m/143-11.
Elijah Owen (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and Colton Hill (Knox, Ind./Knox) took fourth and fifth in the men’s long jump, respectively. Owen leapt 6.32m/20-9 on his third attempt while Hill finished just behind in 6.27m/20-7.
In the shot put, Andrew Guzek (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) took fourth with his fifth best throw in school history (15.12m/49-7.25).
Anthony Franze (Gunter, Texas/Gunter) and James Sampson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) finishes sixth and seventh in the 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 11.29 and 11.43, respectively. Franze also took fifth in the 200m with a time of 23.05.
The Crusaders return to the track next week with a pair of meets. First up is the three-day Tennessee Relays in Knoxville on Thursday which will see selected athletes competing. The rest of the team will travel to Oakland on Saturday for the Golden Grizzly Duals.