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Murphy adds another title; Goatee second in women's race

EVANSVILLE - Vincennes University sophomore Robert Murphy won the men's race and sophomore TaPring Goatee was second in the women's race Saturday at the University of Evansville Invitational in Evansville.

Robert Murphy and Tapring GoateeThe veteran runners' excellent performances led the Trailblazer men to a third place finish and the women were fourth.

In addition to Murphy's victory in 25:19.2, VU also got top-20 finishes from sophomore Michael Mest (15th; 27:14.6) and freshmen Joshua Backes (16th; 27:28.3) and Adam Warren (18th; 27:39.9). On the women's side, Goatee's runner-up finish in 18:34.7 was supported by freshman Kelly O'Shea's ninth-place run in 19:46.2.

Rose-Hulman won the men's event, with Lindenwood second, while host Evansville claimed the women's race over second place Austin Peay. Individually, in the women's race, Brittany Bohn, who was running unattached, turned in a top time of 18:29.2.

VU Men's Results:
1 Robert Murphy (25:19.2)
15 Michael Mest (27:14.6)
16 Joshua Backes (27:28.3)
18 Adam Warren (27:39.9)
23 Andrew Staggs (28:39.0)
24 Ethan Sparks (28:45.5)
25 Adam Johnson (29:02.1)

VU Women's Results:
2 Tapring Goatee (18:34.7)
9 Kelly O'Shea (19:46.2)
29 Danielle Thompson (21:55.4)
33 Breanna Gahagan (22:45.5)
36 Meredith Spitz (23:55.4)
37 Hanna Wise (24:04.2)
38 Alexandria Foster (24:49.6)

VU will compete in the NJCAA Region 12 Championships on Oct. 25 in Lansing, MI.

The NJCAA National Championship Cross Country Meet will be Nov. 8 in Lubbock, TX.

University of Evansville Invitational Mens Results (PDF)
University of Evansville Invitational Womens Results (PDF)


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