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Vincennes University track & field head to NJCAA Indoor Nationals

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University track & field has continued to be one of the elite track & field programs in the NJCAA this year, and looks to prove that point further this coming week as they head to the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship.

The Blazers enter nationals with 10 top 10 seeded athletes throughout different events. Notably pole vaulters Matteo Capello and Cole Sumner, going in to nationals seeded No.1 and No.6 respectively. Capello, a freshman, holds the VU pole vault record with a vault of 17’5”. He also holds 5 of the top 9 pole vault records in NJCAA history. Freshman Makinzi Meurer is seeded third with a vault of 11’07”.

Sophomore Milan Todorovic heads to nationals as a number 8 seed in the 800m, qualifying with a time of 1:53.26, which is the second-best time in VU history. Todorovic will also be entering as a number 7 seed in both the 1000m and the mile. Sophomore Maxwel Kiplagat is seeded at number 10 in the 3000m, qualifying with a time of 8:33.23. This is the second-best in VU history for the 3000m.

Full seedings and qualifications

(seedings marked in bold)

Pole Vault
3. Makinzi Meurer - 3.53m (11’07”)

Weight Throw
26. Ariana Trotter 12.95m (42’06”)

34. Kaylee Lange - 3:16.35

21. Meagan Moreno - 10:51.25

Distance Medley Relay
Relay pool (Kaylee Lange, Chloe Knepp, Kyra Young, Meagan Moreno, Asia Mclemore, Janine Anderson)

Pole Vault
1. Matteo Capello - 5.33m (17’5.75”)
6. Cole Sumner - 4.67m (15’3.75”)
12. Matthew Frazier - 4.32m (14’2”)

Shot Put
9. Ryan Golliher - 15.62m (51’3”)

Weight Throw
13. Ryan Golliher - 15.20m (49’10.5”)
26. Eddie Garcia - 13.76m (45’1.75”)

17. Chase Knoblett - 4114
18. Nick Riggles - 3922

8. Milan Todorovic - 1:53.26
31. Maxwel Kiplagat - 1:56.76
38. Morne Scharnick - 1:57.47

7. Milan Todorovic - 2:29.29
23. Maxwel Kiplagat - 2:33.36

7. Milan Todorovic - 4:14.80
13. Maxwel Kiplagat - 4:19.04
21. Morne Scharnick - 4:22.23

10. Maxwel Kiplagat - 8:33.23
18. Milan Todorovic - 8:40.28
22. Morne Scharnick - 8:44.27

29. 4x400m relay - 3:26.50
Relay pool (Davd McCullough, Jahod Fair, Josh Hodge, Manny Opiew)

7. 4x800m relay - 7:46.46
Relay pool (Maxwel Kiplagat, Morne Scharnick, Milan Todorovic, Davd McCullough, Manny Opiew, Walter Tanui, Josh Hodge)

7. Distance Medley Relay
Relay pool (Maxwel Kiplagat, Morne Scharnick, Milan Todorovic, Davd McCullough, Manny Opiew, Walter Tanui, Josh Hodge)

VU head coach Chris Gafner says . . .

"The team is excited to compete in the NJCAA Indoor Championships March 6-7. We've prepared really well for this level of competition and we have several athletes that have a chance to compete for top 8 places (top 8 finishers score points for the team) and All-American honors. I think we are set up well to compete at a very high level and hopefully beat some of our seeds."
"Some of our distance runners qualified for several events, so we have to pick and choose which events we feel they might have the best chances to shine. Entries will be finalized on Tuesday before the meet."

Next up

VU will travel to Lynchburg, Va. for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship March 6-7

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