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Da Silva, VU women 1st at Franklin Grizzly Invitational; Trailblazer men take third place behind Cano Pallares

The Vincennes University Women’s Cross Country Team, led by Anais Da Silva, Nacketa Scanlon and Sandra Warren grabbing the top three individual places, won and the VU men’s squad finished third in its race Saturday at the Franklin College Sodexo Grizzly Invitational.

Also in the 6k women’s meet, VU's Janeth Magana was fifth and Sydney Davidson came in eighth. Maisie Lay claimed 12th for the Trailblazers to round out the women’s top 15 finishes in VU’s season-opening race.

On the 8k men’s side, the Trailblazers' efforts were led by Jose Abelito Cano Pallares, who came in third, and Evan Franklin's fourth place performance. Janzen Franklin finished 12th, Kyle Burchett was 17th and Hunter Ingle 20th for the Trailblazers.

The Trailblazer women topped host Franklin, third place Hanover, Thomas More in fourth place, St. Mary of the Woods in fifth and Mount St. Joseph in sixth place.

Da Silva’s winning time was 23:58. Scanlon finished in 24:27, while Warren came across the finish line in 24:47. Magana ran the course in 25:38, Davidson in 25:56 and Lay in 26:07.

Complete Women’s Results:

For the men, Hanover and Thomas More finished ahead of the Trailblazers. Franklin and Mount St. Joseph rounded out the men’s field. Hanover’s Joe Rector claimed medalist honor in 27:03 and his teammate, Jacob Hedrick, was edged and settled for second in 27:05. Cano Pallares turned in a time of 27:19 and Franklin was close behind at 27:22. Former VU runner Josh Backes was seventh (27:51).

Complete Men’s Results:

“I was obviously happy with the performances,” said VU Coach Chris Gafner. “It was a really solid start to the season.”

VU will be back in action at the Sept. 16 Indiana Intercollegiate Meet at Indiana University in Bloomington.


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