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Mickens, Smith Sweep HL Athlete of the Week Accolades
Jarrett Mickens won his sixth career weekly honor. (Ron Stevens)
Jarrett Mickens won his sixth career weekly honor. (Ron Stevens)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Valparaiso senior Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and freshman Julian Smith (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) swept the Horizon League weekly awards, as they were named Male Field and Track Athlete of the Week, respectively, for their performances at the Chicagoland Championships last weekend.

Mickens earned his sixth career weekly honor from the league office after breaking the program outdoor record for the long jump Saturday.  The senior leapt 24'2 1/4” to win the long jump, outpacing Jeff Thomas' 1976 record by a quarter-inch.  Mickens also finished on the podium in the triple jump with a mark of 46'8”, good for third place.

Smith picks up his first career weekly honor from the Horizon League after breaking into a pair of Valpo's all-time top-fives on Saturday.  The freshman won the 200m dash with a time of 21.92 seconds, fourth-best in Crusader history.  Smith also narrowly missed a win in the 100m dash after qualifying with the fastest time in the prelims, crossing the line in second place with a time of 10.84 seconds, third-fastest all-time by a Crusader and the swiftest in the last 25 years.

Mickens, Smith and the rest of the Crusaders return to action this weekend at the Dave Rankin Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.  The two-day meet begins Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. CDT.

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