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VU Men’s Cross Country 3rd, Women 4th in opener

Charleston, Ill -  The Trailblazer men finished third out of six teams at the Eastern Illinois University Walt Crawford Open on Friday. They were led by sophomore Milan Todorovic (Belgrade, Serbia) who finished ninth in 27:09.3. Also finishing in the top 20 for VU were freshman Maxwel Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) (27:26.8, 11th), sophomore Morne Scharnick (Gauteng, South Africa) (27:55.9, 14th), and freshman Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) (28.54.1, 17th).


Coach Chris Gafner could see promise in the performance while also recognizing areas that need improvement. “I thought for the most part we competed hard today. The front pack needs to commit to working together in the race if we are going to reach our full potential, and that is something we are going to be better at moving forward. We also need our 5-9 runners to step up their level and close the gap that we currently have.”


The Trailblazer women were led by freshman Meagan Moreno (Morton, Ill.) in eighth place in 19:27.9. Rounding out the top 3 for VU were freshman Kyra Young (Mishawaka, Ind.) (22:00.6, 30th) and freshman Kaylee Lange (Vincennes, Ind.) (22:19.7, 32nd).


“We had some bright spots today. We were able to beat both NJCAA schools we competed against. Meagan competed very well and really gutted out the second half of the race.” Said Coach Gafner.


“Moving forward we need to continue to improve our preparation and focus. This is a very young team that is still trying to figure out what it takes to compete at the college level. Today was a bit of a feeling out process for this team. I look for us to increase our competitive intensity in our next competition.”


Vincennes next race will be at the John McNichols Invitational at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. On Saturday September 21st. The race is set to begin at 9 am eastern.


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