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Murphy’s Steeplechase effort paces VU at Billy Hayes Invitational

BLOOMINGTON – Vincennes University sophomore Robert Murphy added to his string of accolades during the 2015 season Saturday when he established a new NJCAA season mark and shattered his own VU school record in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University.

In addition to Murphy’s victory, the Trailblazers added to their list of qualifiers for the upcoming NJCAA Outdoor National Championships in Hutchinson, KS, while some VU athletes who had already qualified were able to better their marks for the national championship event.

"Robert has been a record-breaking machine at VU,” Coach Chris Gafner said. “He has set at least one school record in every outdoor meet he has run this year. He’s really competing at a high level right now and it’s exciting to be a part of."

Murphy topped the field in the Steeplechace with a time of 8:57.59. The time broke his previous school record by 16 seconds and places him atop the NJCAA scene by 12 seconds over his nearest competitor.

But Murphy wasn’t alone in impressing onlookers and earning Gafner’s praise on Saturday. Sierra Brown qualified for the national meet with an effort of 18 feet, 7.75 inches, to finish second in the Long Jump. Two other new national championship entrants for VU after Saturday’s meet are Jordan Feuerstein in the High Jump (6 feet, 8 inches; sixth place) and Kelly O’Shea in the Steeplechase (12:08.53; sixth place).

"Sierra really brought her A game,” Gafner said. “She had three jumps that bettered her personal best and she really moved up the NJCAA list. Jordan had, by far, his best meet of the year. He sailed over (6 feet, 8 inches) on his first attempt and I'm really glad to see him get the breakthrough because I know how bad he wanted to make it to Nationals.

"Kelly and I decided (for her) to do the steeplechase on a whim,” the coach continued. “She really hasn't been training for it so it was great to see her qualify the first time out. She is just a really tough runner."

VU competitors who improved their NJCAA championship qualifying marks were:


  • Ariana Kuhn: fifth place, Hammer Throw, 159 feet, 9 inches,
  • Men's 4x100 Meter Relay Team (Moses, Hall, Lloyd, Bouchie): second place, 41.71, and,
  • Kaitlyn Moricz, second place, Pole Vault, 12 feet, 4.5 inches.


The complete list of VU Top-10 performances and the winners in each of those events is as follows:

Women Long Jump

1 Nelson, Ariane                        Indiana                            19-08.25

2 Brown, Sierra                            Vincennes                      18-07.75


Women Pole Vault

Gutermuth, Sophie                        Indiana                        13-10.00

2 Moricz, Kaitlyn                          Vincennes                        12-04.50

6 Schneider, Lillian                       Vincennes                        10-10.75


Men Pole Vault

Houston, Scott                           Ugo Bars                        17-10.50

7 Kennedy, Trey                            Vincennes                        14-09.00

8 Boger, Michael                           Vincennes                        14-03.25


Women High Jump

Kimoto, Emma                             Unattached                        6-00.00

3 Guijarro, Candela                        Vincennes                        5-07.25


Men High Jump

Drouin, Derek                            Nike                                    7-05.00

3 Blackman, Eric                           Vincennes                        6-09.50

6 Feuerstein, Jordan                       Vincennes                        6-08.00

10 Lloyd, Kenneth                           Vincennes                        6-04.00


Men Shot Put

1 Okruch, Andrew                           Rose-Hulman                       48-04.50

4 Schuman, Hunter                        Vincennes                         47-03.00

7 Mickens, Avory                           Vincennes                         39-09.75

8 Reynolds, Mark                           Vincennes                         38-07.00


Women Hammer Throw

1 Berry, Gwen                              N.Y, Athletic Club            224-01

5 Kuhn, Ariana                             Vincennes                        159-09          


Women Discus Throw

McClinton, Nakel                         Indiana                        162-00

10 Kuhn, Ariana                             Vincennes                        118-04


Men Discus Throw

Chowning, Dyrek                          Indiana                        181-09

10 Reynolds, Mark                           Vincennes                        114-00            


Men Javelin Throw

1 Johansson, David                         Eastern Illinois                        205-03

5 Lloyd, Kenneth                           Vincennes                        156-08                            


Men 100 Meter Dash

1 Boey, Johnathan                        Eastern Illinois                   10.66

3 Hall, Jacques                            Vincennes                          10.919


Women 200 Meter Dash

1 Walker, Briana                           Eastern Illinois                   24.91

10 Wise, Hanna                              Vincennes                          26.22


Men 200 Meter Dash

1 Mohammed, Norvell              Eastern Illinois                   20.96

3 Hall, Jacques                            Vincennes                          21.78

7 Moses, Alex                              Vincennes                          22.35


Men 400 Meter Dash

1 Mohammed, Norvell                        Eastern Illinois                   46.53

6 Moses, Alex                              Vincennes                          49.23


Women 800 Meter Run

Gwin, Samantha                           Indiana                          2:08.20

10 O'Shea, Kelly                            Vincennes                         2:23.29  


Women 100 Meter Hurdles

1 Ryan, Katie                              Eastern Illinois                   14.47

3 Brown, Sierra                            Vincennes                          14.94


Men 110 Meter Hurdles

1 Killings, Taylor                         Unattached                         14.34

7 Blackman, Eric                           Vincennes                          15.42


Men 1500 Meter Run

1 Ramos, Brock                             Eastern Illinois                 4:01.13

5 Backes, Joshua                           Vincennes                        4:14.76

6 Mest, Michael                            Vincennes                        4:15.48


Men 3000 Meter Run

1 Frezer, Legesse                          Under Amour                      8:05.44

7 Warren, Adam                             Vincennes                        9:16.23


Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase

Johnson, Brianna                         Indiana                         10:20.10

3 Goatee, TaPring                          Vincennes                       11:11.11

9 O'Shea, Kelly                            Vincennes                       12:08.53


Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase

1 Murphy, Robert                           Vincennes                        8:57.59

2 Calio, Joe                               Eastern Illinois                 9:00.73  


Men 4x400 Meter Relay

1 Eastern Illinois University  'A'                                          3:08.95

     1) Edwards, Calvin                        2) Dorsey, Ephraim               

     3) Williamson, Derek              4) Mohammed, Norvell             

6 Vincennes University  'A'                                     3:23.80

     1) Feuerstein, Jordan            2) Griffith, Richard             

     3) Griffith, Ezra                   4) Moses, Alex                   


Men 4x100 Meter Relay

1 Eastern Illinois University  'A'                                            40.46  

     1) Boey, Johnathan               2) Edwards, Calvin                

     3) Mohammed, Norvell            4) Ilunga-Matthiesen, Christian  

2 Vincennes University  'A'                                       41.71  

     1) Moses, Alex                   2) Hall, Jacques                 

     3) Lloyd, Kenneth                 4) Bouchie, Chris

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