The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Grand Valley State University Tune-Up to conclude their indoor regular season on Friday. The meet marked the final day of competition before the Horizon League Championships next weekend. The men were led by one individual winner and one first-place relay, while the women boasted four Top 5 finishes.
How It Happened
- For the men, senior Jeru Lollis (Springfield, Ohio / Springfield) enjoyed a successful day, winning the 60m dash with a time of 7.10. He also captured a ninth-place mark in the 200m dash (23.35).
- Junior James Sampson (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) garnered two Top 4 times at the meet. He earned a third-place nod in the 60m dash (7.21) and a personal best in the 200m race (22.66).
- Junior Montel Hall (Waukegan, Ill. / Waukegan) snagged two fourth-place nods in two jump events. He leaped a 21’3 1/2" in the long jump and a 43’10 3/4" in the triple jump.
- The squad of freshman Ben Sekuloski (Lowel, Ind. / Lowell), senior Anthony Franze (Gunter, Texas / Gunter), junior Brandon Riley (Chicago, Ill. / Morgan Park) and freshman Bryce Otterbach (Mendota, Ill. / Mendota Township) were part of the first-place 4x400m relay team. The time of 3:23.10 was the third-fastest in program history.
- For the women, freshman jumper Anne Mou (Bloomingdale, Ill. / Lake Park) tabbed a third-place result in the triple jump (34’8 1/4") and a fifth-place finish in the long jump (16’5 3/4"). The rookie landed in fourth in Crusader history with her triple jump distance.
- Sophomore Chidimma Ozodi (South Milwaukee, Wis. / South Milwaukee) landed at 32’0 1/4" in the triple jump to take home fourth, behind teammate Mou. In the long jump, she had a distance of 15’11” to receive ninth. Freshman Shannon Lahey (Dixon, Ill. / Dixon) also achieved a Top 5 finish in the triple jump with a leap of 32’0 1/4", to tie Ozodi.
The Crusaders wrap up their indoor season on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26 at Youngstown State University with the Horizon League Championships. The men took home fourth place last season, while the women came away with eighth.