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Kennedy defends pole vault national title, Klyuchnikova grabs high jump crown at NJCAA Outdoor National Championships

LEVELLAND, Texas - Vincennes University sophomore Trey Kennedy defended his outdoor 2015 Pole Vault national championship and freshman Varvara Klyuchnikova notched a national title in the High Jump to lead the VU Women's Track & Field Team to seventh place and the Trailblazer Men to a three-way tie for 11th at the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at South Plains College in Levelland, TX.

The events wrapped up Thursday with host South Plains claiming its 10th straight men's team title, while Iowa Central was the women's team champion.

Kennedy earned the title with a vault of 16 feet, 2.75 inches. Fellow VU sophomore Michael Boger was seventh at 14 feet, 8 inches. Klyuchnikova, who entered the championship meet after posting the nation's top junior college mark at the recent NJCAA Region 12 Super-Regional at VU, won the High Jump crown by clearing 5 feet, 8.75 inches. Trailblazer sophomore Candela Guijarro finished sixth in the High Jump at 5 feet, 6.5 inches.

Freshman Anais Da Silva capped off an incredible championship meet of her own Thursday when she came in second in the 5000 Meter Run with a time of 18:22.69. The runner-up finish followed her other national runner-up performance of 38:47.75 in the 10000 Meter Run. Da Silva's performance in the 5000 Meter Run was accompanied by VU freshman Janeth Magana's 13th place run (19:40.45).

Other second place finishes for VU were freshman Aintzane Castarlenas in the Pole Vault (11 feet, 7.75 inches) and freshman Stoney Prowell's run of 47.06 in the 400 Meter Dash to set a new VU school record in that event.

The Trailblazers also saw top-10s registered by:
Sophomore Kelly O'Shea; fourth place, 3000 Meter Steeplechase (11:37.79),
Freshman Jose Cano Pallares; eighth place, 1500 Meter Run (3:59.52), and,
Sophomore Joshua Backes; 10th place, 3000 Meter Steeplechase (9:53.42).

Rounding out the VU showing at the national championship meet were:
O'Shea; 11th place, 1500 Meter Run (5:09.11),

VU Men's 4x800 Meter Relay (Backes, Doss, Mercer-Szady, Cano Pallares); 11th place (8:04.36),
Sophomore Hunter Schuman; 12th place, Shot Put (50 feet, 4.75 inches),

Freshman Brianna Burgess; 16th place, Discus (117 feet, 5 inches),
Freshman Jaelyn Reynolds; 17th place, Hammer Throw (126 feet, 7 inches),
Klyuchnikova; 18th place, Triple Jump (35 feet, 5.75 inches),
Sophomore Adam Warren; 20th place, 5000 Meter Run (16:09.44),
Sophomore Isaiah Thomas; 22nd place, Long Jump (16 feet, 5.75 inches),
Sophomore Adam Warren; 26th place, 10000 Meter Run (35:07.91).

The complete results from the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships can be found at:
http://www.spato.us/cresults/2016/njcaasp/

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