Vincennes, IN – The Vincennes University Track & Field team officially released their Indoor Season Schedule for the 2017-18 school year, highlighted by a few new meets, and the NJCAA Indoor National Track & Field Championships hosted by Texas Tech University on March 2nd & 3rd.
Coach Albrecht said on the new schedule, “We switched things up this season because we really wanted to give our athletes opportunities to both chase fast times, and get exposure to new and bigger schools that might not be as familiar with some of our outstanding athletes.”
1/13/18 Illinois Open Champaign,IL
1/20/18 UIndy Collegiate Challenge Indianapolis, IN
1/26/18 Tom Hathaway Distance Carnival Indianapolis, IN
1/26/18 Indiana University Relays Bloomington,IN
2/9-2/10/18 GVSU Big Meet Allendale, MI
2/24-2/25/18 NJCAA Region XII Indoor Championships TBA
3/2-3/3/18 NJCAA Indoor National Championships Lubbock, TX
Both men’s and women’s track and field teams look to build off of tremendous seasons last season, and both teams look to be coming in with a lot of firepower to the 2017-18 campaign.
For the men, the Trailblazers return 3-time NJCAA All-American Marlowe Mosely. Last season Mosely broke the indoor school record in the 400-meter run, a record that had stood for nearly 50 years! Mosely has had a great fall, and looks poised to run well under 47 seconds this season.
VU also returns national qualifiers Kevin Johnson and Evan Franklin. Johnson was a key leg of the men’s 4x4 that finished 9th at nationals last season, as well individually qualifying for nationals in the 400 hurdles. Sophomore Evan Franklin has had a break-out cross country season, running the 2nd fastest time in school history, and becoming the 1st ever 2-time individual Region XII Champion. With a tremendous fall and Franklin appearing to be a lock to be an NJCAA All-American during cross country, the team can expect big things from him in the distance races this season.
The team also picked up several freshmen who look to play a key role in the team’s success this season. Freshman Jacob Adams finished 3rd at the IHSAA State Track & Field meet last year for Michigan City High School in the 800. His time of 1:53.03 would have been one of the top-5 fastest times in the NJCAA last season.
Freshman Marcus Graham of Perry Central High School also finished top-15 at the IHSAA State Track & Field meet last year in the 3200m run, and has had an incredible year on the grass this season for VU. Graham clocked the 4th fastest time ever for a Trailblazer at the Region XII Championships, and was rewarded with 3rd place and an All-Region finish for his efforts.
Freshman Tony Cappola also competed in the IHSAA State Track & Field Meet last year, and finished 3rd in the state in the pole vault. Cappola’s personal best of 15’9” would have put him in the hunt for a top-3 spot at last year’s NJCAA Indoor National Meet in the pole vault.
Finally, Freshman Alfred Stubbs appears to be ready for a very promising season in the shot put, weight throw, and hammer. Stubbs won the Valparaiso regional in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 57’9” in the shot put, and qualified for the IHSAA Stat Track & Field Meet with the 3rd furthest throw in the state in that event. Stubbs has shown no issues moving up from the 12lb high school shot to the 16lb college shot, and the coaching staff is very excited about his capabilities this season.
Coach Albrecht said about the team this season, “We have some REALLY good pieces on the table this year. Marlowe and Kevin have both worked very hard during the fall, and both will have tremendous season on the oval. We will have a great mix of returners who will score a lot of points, as well as several very talented freshman who really are going to make a name for themselves out of the gate. It will be an exciting year.”
For the women, Vincennes returns 4-time All-American, and NJCAA Indoor National Runner-up in the shot put, Jamesha Western. Western broke the school record in the indoor shot put last year with a heave of 50’0 ½”. Western continued outdoors to earn All-American honors in the shot put, the discus, and the hammer throw.
“Jamesha has looked tremendous this off-season, and we expect that she will throw even further than she did last season. Her work ethic has been outstanding, and she has done all the right things to put herself in a position to win a national title individually this indoor season.” Said Coach Albrecht.
The Trailblazers also return Sophomore All-Americans: Merica Valdez, Maisie Lay, & Sydney Davidson. Valdez finished 3rd in the shot put at the NJCAA Outdoor National Championships, and finished 4th at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships last season. Maisie Lay has had a fantastic cross country season this fall, clocking the 3rd fastest time in school history at the Walt Crawford Open, as well as earning a 3rd place, All-Region finish at the NJCAA Region XII Cross Country Championships a few weeks back. Sophomore Sydney Davidson made the final in a stacked 1500m field at the NJCAA Outdoor National Championships, as well as helping her teammates earn All-American Honors at the Indoor National Meet as part of the 3200 meter relay team, and the Distance Medley Relay.
The women’s team also has several talented freshman who will be key contributors to the team’s success. Jeffersonville High School alum and All-state athlete Jhala Henry will do a variety of things this year for the Trailblazers. Henry comes to VU having split under 57 seconds in the 400, a PB of 25.42 seconds in the 200 meter dash, and a long jump PB of 17’10 ¼” in just her first year in the event.
“Jhala is a tremendous athlete, and her work ethic has been unrivaled this off-season. Jhala will destroy her personal bests this indoor season, and there won’t be many people in the country who won’t be familiar with her by the end of the track & field season.”
The team also added Illinois 6A State Champion in the discus Jazzmine Poole. Poole’s PB of 149’6” in the discus would have been the 6th best throw in the NJCAA last season in the event.
Finally, Coach Albrecht is really excited about the great group of young sprinters the team has put together for this season. He said, “We have a great sprint contingent this season that has the ability to score a lot of points for us. Tychina Scott is a phenomenal sprinter, and has run close to 25-flat in the 200. Taylin Brandenberger is another girl who has the potential to fill some holes on relays, and really strengthen our 400-800 group. The women’s team has a chance to be very good this season.”
Both teams will open the season on January 13th at the University of Illinois Open at Champaign, Illinois. Meet time set to start at noon central time, 1 p.m. est. Go Trailblazers!