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VU cross country teams move up in latest NJCAA Div. I coaches polls; Trailblazer women move up to 7th, VU men advance to 14th

NEW ORLEANS – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams both moved up in the latest national polls after grabbing impressive individual finishes and accounting well for themselves as teams in the tough field of the recent Greater Louisville Classic.

The latest NJCAA Div. I Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls came out earlier today from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA), and the VU women are up to No. 7 while the Trailblazer men advanced to 14th. The VU ladies had been ninth in the previous poll and the VU men were 17th in the last NJCAA poll on Sept. 21.

The women’s poll has Iowa Central still in the top spot, while El Paso dropped out of a tie with Iowa Central for No. 1 in the previous rankings. Lansing and Central Arizona are in a tie at No. 3, Mesa claimed the fifth spot and Gillette is No. 6, just ahead of the VU ladies. Cowley County, Allen and Paradise Valley hold the eighth, ninth and 10th spots, respectively.

Iowa Central also continues to sit atop the men’s rankings. Central Arizona, South Plains, Butler and Gillette comprise the rest of the Top 5. The sixth through 10th place teams in the men’s poll are (in order) Louisburg, Allen, Lansing, North Iowa Area and Mesa.

Trailblazer runner Anais Da Silva finished 21st in the Women's 5K race and VU’s Jose Abel Cano was 53rd in the men's 8K meet at the Oct. 1 Greater Louisville Classic. Both VU teams were moved up a division this year and competed with faster fields of competition than in past years in the multi-division event, which is considered to be the largest cross country gathering in the nation this year. The Trailblazers' Blue Division was part of a meet with more than 130 colleges and universities from more than 25 states and Canada. The field included some of the nation's top collegiate programs (featuring 29 men's and 36 women's teams that are ranked in the NCAA Div. I, Div. II, Div. III and NAIA polls) and almost 3,000 runners overall.

Other finishers for VU after Da Silva in the women's race included Janeth Magana in 98th place. After Cano in the men's race for the Trailblazers were Evan Franklin in 112th and Hunter Ingle in 131st place.

For a complete look at the latest NJCAA national rankings, visit:

VU will return to action at the Oct. 15 University of Evansville Invitational.


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