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Men's trio leads Trailblazers at Greater Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Vincennes University men's cross country team finished 24th out of 56 teams in the Blue Race at the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 5. It was the second meet in a row that the Trailblazers faced high level NCAA and NAIA competition. VU was the top finishing NJCAA school besting 23rd ranked Monroe College, which finished 27th. The women's team sat out some runners due to injuries and did not have a team score.

VU Men’s Performers
The VU men were led by a tight pack of three runners in the 8K race. Sophomore Morne Scharnick (Gauteng, South Africa) was 37th with a time of 25:30.1, freshman Maxwel Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) was 40th in 25:32.7, and Milan Todorovic (Belgrade, Serbia) was 43rd in 25:34.0.  Rounding out the top 7 were freshman Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) who was 335th place in 28:23.6, sophomore Franklin Sanders (North Vernon, Ind.) in 29:11.3 (384th place), Sophomore Logan Busz (Whitley, Ind.) 477th (31:20.3) and freshman Nick Vogt (Cincinnati, Ohio) finishing in 483rd (31:48.0).

VU Coach Chris Gafner says. . .
“Our team ran very well. All of the athletes either had a personal best or season best. Our top three men were exceptionally strong. They have bought in completely to our system and are reaping the results. We are still trying to close the gap with our fourth and fifth runners, but I really like the direction that we are heading."

VU Women’s Performers
The VU women’s team also had a trio of season bests. Taking the No. 1 spot for the third straight meet was freshman Meagan Moreno (Morton, Ill.) who raced the 5K course in 19:03.8 (41st). Second and third for the Trailblazers were freshman Kyra Young (Mishawaka, Ind.) in 21:07.1 (299th place) and freshman Kaylee Lange (Vincennes, Ind.) 21:09.0 (303rd).

VU Coach Chris Gafner says. . .
"I was pleased to see all of our women run their fastest times of the season. The women's team overall has unfortunately been bit by the injury bug this season. I am hoping to be back to full strength soon.  It is really important that we get in a solid two weeks of training in before our next meet in Evansville.”

Next up
The Trailblazers will compete in the University of Evansville Invite on Oct. 19 at Angel Mounds.

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