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Kennedy, Prowell, 4x400 wins lead VU Track & Field at Bellarmine Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two individual performers and the 4x400 Meter Relay squad posted wins to lead the Vincennes University Track & Field Teams in a stellar performance at the Bellarmine Classic over the weekend in Louisville, KY.

Sophomore Trey Kennedy claimed the Pole Vault with an effort of 4.85 Meters and freshman Stoney Prowell was first in the 200 Meter Dash with a time of 22.11. In addition, the 4x400 Meter Relay contingent of Michael Trice, Gus Lathrop, Seth Pfeil and Prowell topped the field with a winning time of 3:19.47.

Along with those first place performances, the Trailblazers posted seven runner-up finishes and 28 top 10 efforts overall at Bellarmine.

“We had a very successful meet; there weren’t many new (national championship meet) qualifiers,” VU Coach Chris Gafner said, “but we had lots of top finishers and several people improved their qualifying marks.”

VU student athletes who became new national qualifiers Saturday were freshman Anais Da Silva and sophomore Kelly O’Shea in the 1500 Meter Run. Da Silva was fourth (4:44.25) and O'Shea came in fifth (4:48.83).

Previous national championship meet qualifiers who improved their marks over the weekend wee freshman Jose Cano Pallares in the 1500 Meter Run (3:54.45; second place), freshman Janeth Magana in the 5000 Meter Run (19:38.25; 13th place) and sophomore Hunter Schuman in the Hammer (51.36 Meters; fifth place).

"It was a great day. A large percentage of our athletes had personal best performances (at Bellarmine),” Gafner said. “Many of the athletes who were already qualified improved their marks and I was very happy with the way that we performed. Now, it's time to put in a solid block of training before the Region 12 Championships."

Other top 10 VU Performances were:
Men:
Gaige Klingsmith: 200 Meter Dash (22.12; second place),
Gus Lathrop: 400 Meter Dash (48.95; second place),
Klayton Vittetow: 400 Meter Hurdles (57.15; second place),
Jordan Downs: Long Jump (7.01 Meters; second place),
Evan Hansen: High Jump (1.95 Meters; second place),
Michael Boger: Long Jump (6.59 Meters; third place),
Klingsmith: 100 Meter Dash (10.75; fourth place),
Jordan Downs: Pole Vault (4.55 Meters; sixth place),
Trice: 200 Meter Dash (22.66; sixth place),
Jordan Moothery: 100 Meter Dash (10.97; seventh place), and,
Joshua Backes: 1500 Meter Run (4:04.15; 10th place).

Women:
Candela Guijarro: High Jump (1.65 Meters; second place),
Aintzane Castarlenas: Pole Vault (3.40 Meters; second place),
Varvara Klyunchnikova: High Jump (1.60 Meters; third place),
4x400 Meter Relay (O'Shea, Elizabeth Bristow, Da Silva, Macy Fidler; 4:15.72; fourth place),
Fidler: Long Jump (4.79 Meters; seventh place),
Bristow: Long Jump (4.62 Meters; eighth place),
Antionette Harvey: High Jump (1.35 Meters; ninth place),
Brianna Burgess: Discus (36.87 Meters; ninth place),
Jaelyn Reynolds: Hammer (38.49 Meters; 10th place), and,
Kassidie Hayes: Shot Put (11.36 Meters; 10th place).

The Trailblazers are now preparing for the May 5-7 NJCAA Super Regional Meet, which VU will host at the VU Track & Field Complex.

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