Fifteen student-athletes across five sports were recognized by the league office Wednesday. Men's golf led the way for Valpo with four representatives, while baseball, and men's and women's outdoor track and field each boasted three.
Head track and field coach Ryan Moore sat down with Brad Collignon to reflect on Valpo's success at the recent Horizon League Championships, discuss his team's future, and how the University will benefit from the new track.
On Thursday, the Valparaiso men’s and women’s track teams sent a limited squad to compete in the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College. Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) and Jacob Smutz (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) led the group with a pair of fourth-place finishes.
Construction has begun on Valparaiso University’s new track and field facility, as Valpo breaks ground on the eight-lane Warren G. Hoger Track at Brown Field, part of a wholesale reevaluation of the campus’ athletics and recreation facilities as outlined in the Campus Master Plan.
At the final day of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships, Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) led the Crusader women with a fourth-place finish in the high jump. Taylor cleared 5’4 ¼” in the event, missing out on the top-spot by just an inch.
Nicole Zehel (Wixom, Mich./Lutheran Westland) and Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) led the Crusader women at day two of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships, winning the title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and pole vault, respectively.
At the first day of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships in Youngstown, Ohio, senior Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) was crowned champion in the discus. Howdeshell’s performance helped to put Valparaiso in second-place after the first day of events.
The Crusader women traveled to Miami (Ohio) University on Saturday to compete in the Redhawk Invitational. In their last meet before the Horizon League Championships. Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) led the Crusaders with a third-place finish in the high jump.
For the second time this season, Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) has been selected as the Horizon League Track & Field Athlete of the Week. Taylor earned the honor by putting in a record-breaking performance in the high jump at the DePaul Invitational over the weekend.