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Da Silva, Franklin lead VU to strong finishes at Indiana Intercollegiates

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Vincennes University Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams on Friday added the second foundational block to building an outstanding season when freshman runner Anais Da Silva followed up her season-opening individual win with a third place finish and freshman Evan Franklin turned in a 12th place performance at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships at Indiana University's Championship Course in Bloomington, IN.

Da Silva led the NJCAA No. 8 VU ladies in garnering fourth place out of 13 teams in Friday's Little State Meet (following a VU team win to debut in 2016 earlier this month) and Franklin paced the 18th ranked Trailblazer men to a seventh place showing among 15 teams in the men's Little State Meet. The women provided VU with its best finish at the event in Coach Chris Gafner's tenure and were only one point out of third (Manchester edged VU, 117-118). The men were only two points out of sixth place as a team (University of Indianapolis had 192 points; VU had 194) and bested Hanover, which won the Sept. 3 Franklin Sodexo Grizzly Invitational when the Trailblazer men were third.

On Friday, DePauw claimed the women's Little State title with 49 points (followed by Indianapolis with 68 points) and Wabash won in dominating fashion on the men's side with 39 points (to top Marian's 96 and Indiana Tech's 119 points).

"I was pretty happy with the races today," Gafner said of the rain and lightning delayed event that wound up being a muddy, humid environment and running surface. "The times were slower because of the conditions but, really, we ran this meet a lot better than we typically do. I'm pretty excited about the direction in which we're heading."

Da Silva toured the 5k course in 19:44.61 on Friday. DePauw's Claudia Monnett won the event in 19:17.23. Indianapolis' Briana Leonard was runner-up with a time of 19:32.15. Trailblazer freshman Nacketa Scanlon was 12th (20:37.55) and sophomore Janeth Magana earned 19th (21:06.21). Other VU finishers in the women's race included freshman Sandra Warren's 40th place (21:48.53) and freshman Sydney Davidson coming in 46th (21:58.13) out of 111 competitors.

Franklin made his way around the men's 8k course with a time of 27:29.38 and VU freshman runner Jose Abel Cano came in 21st in 27:47.36. Goshen's Ryan Smith took medalist honors in the men's Little State meet with a time of 26:02.38. Trailblazer freshman Hunter Ingle finished 34th (28:29.89) and freshman Janzen Franklin had a time of 29:22.48 to finish 61st out of 121 runners.

In addition to the VU runners' performances, former Trailblazer and current IUPUI standout Robert Murphy was second in the Big State meet Friday. Murphy had a time of 25:36.04, just behind the winning time of 25:34.16 by Purdue's Jaret Carpenter.

VU will look to continue its strong 2016 campaign when the Trailblazers head to the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1 at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY.

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