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Hagen Sets School Mark in Shot Put as Valpo Finishes Fourth at Mid-Con Championships

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Holly Hagen (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) improved upon her school record in the shot put helping Valparaiso earn a fourth place finish at the Mid-Continent Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Sterling, Ill.

The Crusaders scored 45 points in the championships, moving up one position from last season's finish. Southern Utah won the title with 219 points, followed by Oral Roberts with 162 and Western Illinois with 124.5 points. UMKC finished fifth with 41.5 points, while Chicago State rounded out the field with 23 points.

Hagen's toss of 41'5" was 1 " better than her previous best, helping earn her a fifth place finish in the event. Emilie Marsicek (Spalding, Mich./Carney-Nadeau H.S.) also scored for the Brown and Gold, placing sixth with a heave of 40'8 ".

Elsewhere in field events, Amanda Meyer (Somerset, Wis./Somerset H.S.) tied for fifth place in the pole vault, clearing 10'0". Martha Josephson (Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes H.S.) tied for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5'0 ". She was also Valpo's top finisher in the triple jump with a leap of 30'11 ", finishing in 11th position.

On the oval, Danielle Nunnelly (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) led a trio of scorers for the Crusaders in the mile. The freshman finished with a time of 5:17.72 in fifth position. Amy Mikel (Lemont, Ill./Fenwick H.S.) and Jobeth Schmiesing (North Mankato, Minn./Mankato West H.S.) were sixth and seventh respectively with times of 5:18.69 and 5:19.51.

In the 800m, Rachel Nelson (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit H.S.) earned a sixth place finish with a time of 2:20.87, just .49 seconds out of third place. Ashley Billstrom (Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall H.S.) turned in the Brown and Gold's top finish in the 5000m run with a time of 19:10.29, placing 11th.

Valpo's final points came in the 4x400m relay, where Coree Schmitz (Gillette, Wyo./Campbell County H.S.), Nelson, Meyer, and Maggie Zellner (Downers Grove, Ill./Benet Academy) placed fifth, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:07.09.

The Crusaders will conclude their indoor season next weekend with the Alex Wilson Invitational held in Notre Dame, Ind. Friday's events begin at 6 p.m. CST with Saturday's competition slated for 9 a.m. CST.
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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