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Track & Field Slated to Compete at NJCAA Indoor National Meet This Weekend

Pittsburg, KS – The Vincennes University Track and Field team will leave today to embark on the 7 hour and 46-minute trip to Pittsburg State University to compete in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Vincennes University has 18 athletes qualified, and has had several athletes qualify in multiple events.

The men have qualified 9 individual athletes. Sophomore Stoney Prowell has qualified in the 200m dash, the 400m dash, the 600m dash, and the 4x400m relay. He currently sits 15th, 11th, 8th, and 16th in those events respectively, but the team expects him to pick up some big points once the competition kicks in. Freshman Marlowe Mosely has qualified in the 400m dash, the 600m dash, the 800m run, and the 4x4. Mosely is also a high school teammate of fellow National qualifier, Freshman Kevin Johnson. Johnson has qualified in the 600m dash, and 4x400m relay. Both athletes were on the same 4x400m relay from East Saint Louis High School that won the outdoor track and field state championship last year. Sophomore Keenen Johnson joined teammates Mosely, Johnson, and Prowell in qualifying for the 600m run.

Sophomore Jose Cano Pallares has qualified in the 1,000m run and the Mile run. Cano Pallares currently sits 7th in both events. Fellow sophomore Michael Trice of Evansville, Indiana is the 4th, and final leg of the 4x400m relay team consisting of Marlowe Mosely, Kevin Johnson, Stoney Prowell, and himself that qualified for the National Meet. The team will look to build off their big performance earlier in the year at the GVSU Big Meet, where they narrowly missed the school record. Sophomore Jordan Downs currently sits 3rd in the pole vault, and the team believes that he is gearing up to challenge for a national title in the event. Finally, brothers Richard and Ezra and Griffith both qualified in the indoor heptathlon. The two athletes are seeded 4th & 9th respectively!

The Women’s team, although smaller in numbers, has been equally as mighty this indoor season. They have qualified 9 of the 12 athletes on their roster. Sophomore Anais Da Silva, Freshman Sydney Davidson, and Freshman Maisie Lay have qualified in several events. Da Silva has qualified in the mile, the 3,000m run, the 5,000m run, the 4x800m relay, and the Distance Medley Relay. She currently sits: 6th, 2nd, 6th, 8th, and 4th in those events. Davidson has qualified in the 800, the 1,000m run, the mile, the 4x800m relay, and the Distance Medley Relay. Freshman Maisie Lay has also had a stellar indoor campaign, qualifying in the 800, 1,000, the 4x800m relay, and the Distance Medley Relay.

Sophomore Varvara Klyutchnikova will look to defend her national title in the high jump. She currently is the #1 seed in the event going into the meet, and also qualified in the triple jump. Joining Klyuchnikova in the high jump is freshman Paige Jones. Jones also qualified in the indoor pentathlon, and has showed a lot of promise and upside in both events going into nationals. Fellow freshman Jamesha Western has also without a doubt had a stand-out indoor season, garnering the interest of several 4-year schools in just a handful of meets. Western goes into the meet ranked 7th in the shot put, and 11th in the weight throw. Vaulters Merica Valdez and outdoor national runner-up Aintzane Castarlenas both sit 3rd and 4th currently, and as always with Vault Coach Tim Marsee, the girls will be ready to move up and jump well at Pittsburg. Finally, freshman Wendy Catalan will be competing as the 4th member of the 4x800m relay team also consisting of Da Silva, Davidson, and Lay.

This has been a stellar track season for both teams, and head coach Chris Gafner weighed in about the meet before the team departed this afternoon. “Our goal each is to get as many athletes as possible in a postion to compete for top finishes at the National Championships. I feel like we are in a strong position heading into nationals with several athletes capable of competing for top spots, and National Titles.”



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