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Crusader Women Place Fifth at Chicagoland Championships
Melanie Wilson won the 55m hurdles for the second straight meet.
Melanie Wilson won the 55m hurdles for the second straight meet.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Led by a victory from Melanie Wilson (Saint Louis, Mo./Rosati-Kain) in the 55m hurdles, the Valparaiso women’s track and field team finished fifth at the Chicagoland Championships Friday evening in Romeoville, Ill.

The Crusaders tallied 50.5 points over the meet’s 17 events for their fifth-place finish.  Lewis University, which served as the host institution, took the team title with 141.5 points.

Wilson took top honors in the 55m hurdles for the second consecutive meet, crossing the line in 8.43 seconds.  She also added a second-place finish for the Crusaders in the triple jump, leaping 36’7 ½”.

Lakisha Lane(Topeka, Kan./Highland Park) also tallied two top-five finishes for Valpo on Friday.  Lane joined Wilson among the fastest runners in the 55m hurdles, completing the race in 8.66 seconds, good for fourth place.  Lane also recorded a fifth-place showing in the 400m dash with a time of 1:03.13.

Emilie Marsicek (Spalding, Mich./Carney-Nadeau) registered a toss of 43’5 ¾” in the shot put, good for a second-place showing.  Amanda Body (Harlan, Ky./Harlan) tallied a third-place finish for the Crusaders in the 55m dash with a time of 7.47 seconds, while Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) ran a season-best time of 11:00.76 in the 3,000m run to finish fifth.

The women’s squad returns to the track Friday, February 22 as it travels to Milwaukee to take part in a triangular meet along with UIC.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler