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Da Silva, Cano, Franklin Earn All-American Honors at Half-Marathon Championships

Gulf Shores, AL – In beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama over the weekend, the men and women of Vincennes University Cross Country took on a new race distance, the Half-Marathon.

On the women’s side, Sophomore Anais Da Silva finished 7th in a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes, and 58 seconds, good enough to earn All-American honors, her second time doing so this fall. Freshman Sydney Davidson just missed earning a spot on the NJCAA All-American list finishing 22nd with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 01 second. Fellow Freshmen Nacketa Scanlon, and Maisie Lay finished 28th, and 30th respectively to round out the scoring for the VU Women.

Chris Gafner was very pleased with the performance of the women’s team, and especially Da Silva’s performance considering a tough season of battling injuries on the grass, and getting stuck in “no-man’s land” for several portions of the race. “Anais got stuck running for long stretches on her own, but managed to battle through those stretches nicely, and remain focused.” said Gafner.

On the men’s side, Sophomore Jose Abel Cano and Freshman Evan Franklin managed to continue to use their team racing strategy to help propel themselves both to yet again another big race, as Cano finished 10th in 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 13 seconds, and Franklin finished 13th in 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 29 seconds, both earning All-American honors. Rounding out the racing for the men’s team were a trio of talented Freshmen: Freshman Janzen Franklin, who finished 37th in 1 hour 19 minutes, and 18 seconds, Freshman Kyle Burchett, who finish 38th in 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 23 seconds, and Freshman Hunter Ingle, who finished 50th in 1 hour, 26 minutes, and 30 seconds.

Again, after the race, Coach Gafner was very pleased with how well Cano and Franklin have worked together in races and workouts. He said, “Jose and Evan worked very well through the race, which positively benefited both of their performances.”

“I thought we performed well for the half, especially since we had very little experience coming in.”, said Gafner. Coming in, none of the 5 men, or the 4 women who competed for the Trailblazers had ever raced the 13.1 mile race distance required to finish the half-marathon.

For Franklin and Da Silva, this is the second All-American honor they have garnered over the course of the fall, and for Cano, his first.

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