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Crusader women take fifth at Chicagoland Championships
Sarah Drozdowski won the weight throw and placed second in the shot put at the Chicagoland Championships. (Derek Schnake)
Sarah Drozdowski won the weight throw and placed second in the shot put at the Chicagoland Championships. (Derek Schnake)

Friday, February 08, 2013

Sarah Drozdowski (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) won the weight throw and took second in the shot put, and Jessica Richardson (Columbus, Ind./North) placed second in the 3000-meter run to help the Valparaiso women’s track team to a fifth-place finish at the Chicagoland Championships on Friday in Naperville, Ill.

The Crusaders recorded 47.5 points to place fifth in the 18-team field.

Drozdowski’s mark of 51’9 ¼” was tops out of the 38 competitors. She also placed second in the shot put with a distance of 43’5 ¼”. The mark was her best of the season and the fourth-best in school history.

Megan Howdeshell (Bourbon, Ind./Triton Junior-Senior) placed eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 45’7 ¼”.

Valpo placed three athletes in the top-eight of the pole vault. Kelley Freeman (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) led the way by finishing third (11’1 ¾”). Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) finished fourth, clearing 10’2”. Ashley Heisey claimed eighth with a best mark of 9’8”.

Jazmin Taylor (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 5’1 ¾”.

On the track, Richardson’s second-place finish led the way. Her time of 10:18.75 was more than four seconds faster than the competitor who finished in third.

In the sprints, Kelly Wosick (Mount Prospect, Ill./Saint Viator) finished sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.34.

Cleo Holt (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) ran the second-fastest time in school history in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash (7.95 seconds) and then took seventh in the final. She also placed seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.92 seconds.

The Crusaders return to action at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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