Even a forecast of rain and wind with the temperature in the mid-40s couldn’t stop the Valparaiso men’s track and field team from hosting its first home meet in over 50 years on Saturday at the new Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field. Five Crusaders captured titles in the seven team meet.
Chris Sosnowski (Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield) took home the title in the discus as he jumped up to third all-time in school history with his throw of 48.12m/157-10. He also took fourth in the hammer throw (49.82m/163-5).
Collin Warke (Romeoville, Ill./Plainfield East) captured the title in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as he crossed the line in 10:22.48, the first race run on the new track.
The quintet of Alexander Watson (Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas), Elijah Owen (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), Kevin Adamik (Elmhurt, Ill./York Community) and Nicholas Stack (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) swept the top four spots in the pole vault. Watson took home the title by clearing 4.25m/13-11.25. Owen finished in second (3.95m/12-11.5), while Adamik and Stack tied for third (3.80m/12-5.5). The pole vault was competed inside the ARC due to inclement weather.
Jacob Frey (St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area) won the hammer throw with his toss of 56.64m/179-3, while taking fourth in the discus with his heave of 44.22m/145-1.
In the javelin, Jeremy Getz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) captured the title by 20 feet with his throw of 55.74m/182-10. Dylan Antonides (Wauconda, Ill./Home school) finished third with his mark of 45.06m/147-10 and Brennen Miller (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) took fourth with a throw of 45.00m/147-8. Owen and Watson finished fifth (44.72m/146-9) and sixth (38.58m/126-7), respectively.
Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrions) took third in the hammer (51.32m/168-4) and discus (44.58m/146-3), while Isaiah Cook (Granger, Ind./Penn) took fifth in the hammer (49.00m/160-9) and discus (43.60m/143-0), respectively.
Andrew Guzek (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) finished second in the shot put with his heave of 14.26m/46-9.5, took sixth in the hammer with a season best mark of 44.92m/147-4 and claimed eighth in the discus (39.24m/128-9).
Brandon Riley (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) ran a personal best 23.18 to finish second in the 200m and Trace Ostergren (LaPorte, Ind./Culver Academy) took third in the 5,000m (16:11.84).
Antwon Hatchett (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and Mark Pinnow (Columbus, Ind./Trinity Lutheran) finished third and fourth in the 400 meter hurdles. Hatchett crossed the line in 58.48 while Pinnow ran a season best 1:00.74.
Anthony Franze (Gunter, Texas/Gunter) and James Sampson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) finished third (11.62) and fourth (11.67) in the 100m, while Ryan Shea (Tampa, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch) and Drew Baker (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) finished in sixth (12.08) and seventh (12.15), respectively.
In the mid-distance runs, Ben Zibricky (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way Central) took sixth in the 800m with a season best 2:01.37 while Adam Bruno (Bloomington, Ill./Normal) finished seventh in the 1,500m, crossing the finish in 4:07.93.
The 4x400 meter relay of Hatchett, Franze, Josh Carow (Greenwood, Ind./Indianapolis Lutheran) and Riley () took second with a time of 3:28.50.
Jonathan Heagy (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) finished second in the high jump as he cleared 1.83m/6-0.
Montell Hall (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) finished second in the triple jump (11.71m/38-5) and fifth in the long jump (5.51m/18-1). Colton Hill (Knox, Ind./Knox) took third in the long jump (6.16m/20-2.5).
The Brown and Gold head to Rochester, Mich. next Friday for the Horizon League Outdoor Championship at Oakland. Live results will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.