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Men's DMR team leads VU Track & Field at NJCAA indoor championship meet

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Events at the 2016 NJCAA Indoor National Championships in Winston-Salem, NC, have concluded and official results are in.

The Vincennes University Women's Track & Field Team finished seventh and the Trailblazer men were 12th on their side of the title meet. Iowa Central claimed both the women's and men's team titles.

VU turned in 12 top-10 performances at the two-day championship meet at Winston-Salem's JDL Fast Track. Those efforts included the VU Men's Distance Medley Relay squad's national championship turned in by sophomores Josh Backes and Jose Tirado and freshmen Seth Pfeil and Jose Cano Pallares in a time of 10:16.74.

Other top performances by VU competitors were freshman Anais Da Silva's second place (17:51.89) in the Women's 5000 Meter Run and freshman Varvara Klyuchnikova's runner-up finish in the Women's High Jump. In that high jump competition, Klyuchnikova was joined by winner Breaisha Morton of Monroe, Central Arizona's Magaly Tshipopo and VU sophomore Candela Gruijarro leaping 5 feet, 7.25 inches. Guijarro tied for third place.

Cano Pallares, Da Silva and sophomore Kelly O'Shea registered two top-10s each. Cano Pallares was fourth (2:33.33) in the Men's 1000 Meter Run, while Da Silva added a fourth place finish (10:26.81) in the Women's 3000 Meter Run and O'Shea was fourth (3:03.38) in the Women's 1000 Meter Run and fifth (5:19.93) in the Women's One Mile Run.

The Men's Pole Vault featured three Trailblazers in the top 10. Sophomore Trey Kennedy went 15 feet, 1 inch, to grab fifth place while sophomore Michael Boger and freshman Jordan Downs both vaulted 14 feet, 1.25 inches, to tie for seventh place.

In addition, freshman Aintzane Castarlenas was fourth in the Women's Pole Vault at 11 feet, 1.75 inches.

The Trailblazers now turn their attention to the outdoor season, which will begin at home with the March 24 Bill Smith Open at the VU Track & Field Complex. The outdoor schedule then includes trips to Marian in Indianapolis, twice to Bellarmine in Louisville and the Indiana Little State Championships at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion.

VU will host the May 5-7 NJCAA Super Regional Meet and then compete at the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships which will be May 17-19 in Levelland, TX.




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