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Trio of School Records Fall for Track & Field on Day 1 of NJCAA Indoor Nationals

Pittsburg, KS – Day 1 was a very successful day for both Vincennes University Track & Field teams at the NJCAA Indoor National Meet, as 2 athletes advanced to the final round in their event, 7 athletes earned All-American honors, and Jose Cano Pallares, Jamesha Western, and Marlowe Mosely all broke school records in the process.

The Griffith brothers, Richard & Ezra, got VU off to a good start for the day. Both athletes competed in the heptathlon, and both athletes are sitting top 10 in the event after the first day of competition. Both athletes look poised to have a shot to earn All-American honors with solid performances on the horizon tomorrow.

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay of Freshman Sydney Davidson, Freshman Paige Jones, Freshman Maisie Lay, and Sophomore Anais Da Silva earned All-American honors with a 5th place finish in the event, and ran-down the 2nd fastest time in school history as they crossed the line in 12:31.

Next, Sophomore Aintzane Castarlenas and Freshman Merica Valdez continued their hot indoor campaigns in the pole vault with a 3rd & 4th place finish respectively in the event, good enough to earn both athletes All-American Honors. For Castarlenas, this marks the 2nd consecutive national meet she has finished in the top three in the pole vault, dating back to the outdoor meet last year. For Valdez, this marks the first of what is sure to be many All-American awards she has garnered in her VU career.

Following the big performance by the ladies in the vault, Marlowe Mosely did something that hadn’t been done in over 50 years. The East St. Louis Freshman won his heat in the 400m dash, punched his ticket to the final with the 5th fastest time of the day, broke the tape in 47.65 seconds, and broke the Vincennes University Record that dated all the way back to 1969!

But the hot day for VU wasn’t over! Sophomore Jordan Downs continued to have success in the pole vault as he would finish 3rd, earning All-American Honors, and jumping a PR of 15’7”. Going into the meet, Assistant Coach Tim Marsee had 3 vaulters qualify for nationals in the pole vault, and with Downs 3rd place finish, all 3 three vaulters finished top-3 in the nation, and all-3 vaulters gained All-American status.

With the scent of freshly broken records still hanging in the air, Freshman Jamesha Western heaved the shot put 50’0” on her 2nd throw of the contest. Breaking the Vincennes University record previously held by Tatiana Zhuravlava, and earned All-American honors finishing 2nd in the event. The heave is an incredible 8-foot PR for Western from what she had thrown at Red Hills High School.

The team wrapped up the day with a set of impressive runs in the 1,000m prelims. Freshman Maisie Lay and Sydney Davidson finished 13th & 14th in the preliminary races, and Lay raced her way to the 4th fastest time in school history in the event. She clocked a time of 3:06.67, a season best by nearly 4 seconds. For the men, Sophomore Jose Cano Pallares broke the Vincennes University record in the 1,000m run in the process of qualifying for the finals in the event. Cano Pallares crossed the line easily in 2:31.10, edging a record previously held by VU legend Robert Murphy.

Cano Pallares, Mosely, Western, and the rest of the Vincennes University track and field athletes will return to action tomorrow on day 2 of the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Meet hosted by Pittsburg State University! Events start at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow! Go VU!

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