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VU cross country displays strong showing against NCAA's best

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Vincennes University cross country teams had the unique opportunity to compete against many of the top NCAA Division I teams in the nation at the John McNichols Invitational on Saturday.

The meet featured seven top ten NCAA Division I teams including two-time defending national champion Northern Arizona University. The Blazers took advantage of the high-level competition and large field (300-plus runners) to run several personal and season bests.

VU men’s performers

Sophomore Milan Todorovic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the charge for the Trailblazers in the 8K race with a season-best time of 26:39.9 (106th place). Sophomore Morne Scharnick (Gauteng, South Africa) was 117th in 26:48.6 and freshman Maxwel Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) ran 27:10.8 for 135th. Rounding out the top 5 were freshman Manny Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) in 29:13.7 (213th) and sophomore Franklin Sanders (North Vernon, Ind.) 30:06.5 (233rd).

VU Coach Chris Gafner says

"I thought today was a real step forward for our men's team. We went toe to toe with the highest level competition in the country and we had some very strong performances.

"Milan and Morne ran exceptionally well today. It won't be long before some of the other athletes have a big breakthrough. In the next few meets I expect to see some big drops in time especially if we finally see some cooler weather."

VU women’s performers

The VU women’s team also had some good improvements, but still has work to do to really click on all cylinders. Taking the number one spot for the second straight meet was freshman Meagan Moreno (Morton, Ill.) who raced the 5K course in 19:32.3 in 113th place. Rounding out the top five were freshman Kyra Young (Mishawaka, Ind.) in 22:11.7 (187th place), freshman Kaylee Lange (Vincennes, Ind.) 22:13.8 (189th), sophomore Taylin Brandeberger (Boonville, Ind.) 23:14.7 (203rd) and freshman Emily Remsburg (Elnora, Ind.) 24:49.8 (215th).

VU Coach Chris Gafner says

"I thought overall we brought a more competitive attitude into this meet than we did at our first meet. We are still working on gelling as a team, and still learning what it takes to be successful at a high-level competition like this. We have had several girls who have low level injuries that have interrupted their training. We will continue to improve as we get healthy and gain experience throughout the season."

Next up

The Trailblazers will compete in the Louisville Classic on Oct. 5 at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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