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Valpo Opens Outdoor Campaign Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan
Wally Bradford won the 1,500m run Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Wally Bradford won the 1,500m run Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Valparaiso men’s track and field squad opened the 2011 outdoor campaign Saturday afternoon at the Polar Bear Invitational in Marion, Ind., hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University, with a solid showing, highlighted by a pair of individual event victories.

On the track, sophomore Wally Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) took top honors in the 1,500m run, crossing the line in 4:18.09, edging out his closest competitor by just over one-half second for the victory.  Meanwhile in the infield, senior Steve Schubert (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) captured the top spot in the triple jump, leaping 41’1 ½” for the win.

Three other Crusaders joined Bradford within the top-10 in the 1,500m race, led by senior David Carter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey), who placed fifth with a time of 4:23.47.  Junior Derek Schnake (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) ran the race in 4:29.92, good for ninth place, while sophomore Joe Johnson (Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South) finished right behind Schnake, crossing the line in 4:32.00.  Bradford and Carter also finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 800m run, posting times of 2:01.01 and 2:06.84.

Elsewhere on the track, a pair of Valpo runners finished among the top-six in the 400m dash.  Freshman Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) ran to a fifth-place finish, posting a time of 52.72 seconds, while freshman Joe Holy (Bolingbrook, Ill./Joliet Catholic) came home in 52.85 seconds, good for sixth place.  Junior Jordan Piaskowy (Crete, Ill./Illiana Christian) earned runner-up honors Saturday in the 3,000m steeplechase, covering the course in 10:08.93.

On the infield, redshirt sophomore Chris Hovan (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Christian) joined Schubert with a podium finish in the triple jump, leaping 40’3 ¼” for a third-place finish.  Senior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) only competed in the long jump Saturday, earning runner-up placement in that event thanks to a leap of 21’9”.  Schubert also picked up an eighth-place finish in the javelin throw with a toss of 139’8”, while junior Bill Rixon (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) finished sixth and eighth in the discus and hammer throws, respectively, with throws of 140’8” in the discus and 145’6” in the hammer.

Valparaiso returns to action next Saturday, April 2, at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.  The meet is slated for a 10:30 a.m. CDT start.

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