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VU cross country competes in NJCAA Division I championships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Vincennes University placed 13th in the men’s competition at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championship on Nov. 9, while the VU women’s team finished 25th in the team standings.

Freshman Meagan Moreno (Morton, Ill.), freshman Maxwel Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) and sophomore Morne Scharnick (Gauteng, South Africa) earned Coaches Association All-American honors by placing in the top 40.

VU Men’s Performers

Freshman Maxwel Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) led the way for the Trailblazers with a 26th-place finish in the 8K men’s race at the University of New Mexico Golf Course-North Course. He crossed the line in 25:32.03. Sophomore Morne Scharnick (Gauteng, South Africa) placed 33rd in 25:48.85. Sophomore Milan Todorovic (Belgrade, Serbia) finished 37th in 26:02.94. Freshman Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 142nd in 27:58.86. Freshman Nick Vogt (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 178th in 28:35.05.  The Trailblazers’ five scoring runners earned 416 points.

VU Women’s Performers

The Trailblazers’ five scoring runners produced 616 points. Freshman Meagan Moreno (Morton, Ill.) was VU’s highest placer in the 5K women’s race. She finished 27th in 19:29.17. Freshman Kyra Young (Mishawaka, Ind.) took 81st in 20:57.63. Freshman Kaylee Lange (Vincennes, Ind.) was 110th in 21:25.53. Sophomore Taylin Brandenberger (Boonville, Ind.) placed 187th in 23:32.76. Freshman Emily Remsburg Elnora, Ind.) crossed the finish line 211th in 24:24.66.

VU Coach Chris Gafner says. . .

“Racing at over 5000 feet of altitude was challenging, but I was very pleased with how we competed. The men finished 3 spots better than where they were ranked and the women finished exactly where they were ranked going in.

“Meagan, Maxwel and Morne all earned Coaches Association All-American honors by finishing in the top 40. Milan missed out on that honor by less than a second.”

“This cross country season was a positive step forward for both the men's and women's teams at VU. I'm looking forward to competing at a high level at the half marathon in El Paso in two weeks.”

Next up

The NJCAA Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon Championships are on Nov. 23 at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas.

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