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Three Victories Lead Crusaders to Highest Finish in School History

Saturday, May 17, 2003

The Valparaiso University men's track and field team recorded three victories on the final day of competition to help lead the Crusaders to a fourth place finish at the Mid-Continent Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Macomb, Ill. on Saturday. Valpo's place is its highest outdoor finish in school history.

Oral Roberts won the men's meet with 203 points, followed by Western Illinois with 185 points and Southern Utah with 154 points. The Crusaders tallied 108 points, followed by Chicago State in fifth with 92 points. UMKC scored 70 points.

Kristopher Schmautz (Missoula, Mont./Hellgate H.S.) opened the day recording a victory in the javelin with a toss of 187'1", a season's best. The freshman was also named Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year for his accomplishments in the meet. Jed Reisetter (Lewiston, Minn./Lewiston-Altura H.S.) finished seventh in the event with a toss of 141'11", while Ryan Smith (Maple Plain, Minn./Delano H.S.) was one place back with a season's best 134'5".

Valpo also scored in two of the three other field events that began the day. Brandon Shreve (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) turned in a personal best effort of 13'1 " in the pole vault to place fifth, while Brian Schultz (Sheboygan, Wis./South H.S.) was eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 41'1 ". Matt Larson (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator H.S.) was the Crusaders top finisher in the discus with a tenth place effort (121'9").

On the oval the Crusaders excelled in the distance events. Nate Nunnelly (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) and Aaron Crague (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) finished first and second in the 1,500m run respectively. Nunnelly broke the tape in 3:53.54 while his teammate was just 0.91 seconds behind.

Crague picked up his victory in the 5,000m run though. The fifth-year senior turned in a time of 15:09.29 to win by more than three seconds, while teammate Matt Blume (Logansport, Ind./Pioneer H.S.) was third finishing in 15:14.54. Rick Wenger (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere H.S.) was fifth with a season's best time of 15:36.14 while Doug Brown (Bluffton, Ohio/Allen East H.S.) also turned in a season's best 15:45.82 to finish eighth giving the Brown and Gold four scorers in the event.

In the hurdles, Sean Barfield (University Place, Wash./Curtis H.S.) finished fifth the 110m event with a time of 15.31 seconds, while Schultz was seventh (15.58 seconds). Nathanel Noon (Birmingham, Ala./John Carroll H.S.) was eighth with a time of 15.66 seconds. The 400m hurdles saw Adam Wierciak (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette H.S.) place fourth with a time of 56.72 seconds.

Kyle Jones (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) turned in the Crusaders best effort in the 800m run with a 12th place finish in a time of 1:59.33.

Valpo's 4x100m relay of Joe Dwyer (Lansing, Ill./TF South H.S.), Raphael Awoseyin (Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria), Joshua Lee (Yellow Jacket, Colo./Montezuma-Cortez H.S.), and Wesley Kosko (Emporia, Kan./Emporia H.S.) finished fifth with a season's best time of 43.99 seconds. The Crusaders 4x400m relay of Wierciak, Jeff Moscinski (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life H.S.), Jones, and Awoseyin also turned in a season's best time of 3:27.39 to finish sixth.

With their victories, Crague, Nunnelly, and Schmautz all qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in two weeks in Columbus, Ohio.
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo