Five Event Victories Help Valpo to Third-Place Showing
Ini Umana took home wins in the hammer and discus throws Saturday.
Ini Umana took home wins in the hammer and discus throws Saturday.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Meet Results

Melanie Wilson (Saint Louis, Mo./Rosati-Kain) won three events Saturday at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind., including a school-record effort in the 100m hurdles, while Ini Umana (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) added two wins of her own as the Valparaiso women’s track and field team finished in third place.

The Crusaders tallied 125 points for their third-place showing.  Illinois Wesleyan earned top team honors with 151 points.

Wilson lowered the school record in the 100m hurdles by nearly two-tenths of a second, covering the course in 14.49 seconds, which also set a new meet record.  She followed that effort by capturing the long jump with a mark of 17’10 ¾”, and closed her day with a victory in the triple jump, leaping 35’7 ¾”.

Umana enjoyed nearly as spectacular a day for the Crusaders Saturday.  The sophomore took first place in the hammer throw with a distance of 139’4”, the fifth-best effort in the event in Valpo history.  She proceeded to top the podium again in the discus throw, recording a toss of 125’7”.  Umana also moved into the Crusaders’ all-time top five in the shot put with a mark of 37’11 ½”, good for a seventh-place finish.

Amanda Body (Harlan, Ky./Harlan) turned in three runner-up finishes for the Crusaders on the day, taking second place in the 100m dash (12.60), long jump (17’2 ¾”) and triple jump (35’1 ¾”).  Emilie Marsicek (Spalding, Mich./Carney-Nadeau) also contributed heavily to Valpo’s team score, placing third in three separate events: shot put (40’0 ½”), hammer throw (131’8”) and discus throw (124’6”).

Also on the track, Patricia Kloth (Medford, Wis./Medford Area) ran to a pair of fourth-place finishes, covering the 100m dash in 12.75 seconds and the 200m dash in 26.49 seconds.  Amy Anderson (Morton, Ill./Morton) added a fifth-place showing in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:10.73.

Valparaiso returns to the track at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.  The two-day meet kicks off Friday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. CDT.