VU men win title, Trailblazer women 2nd in Region 12 Super-Regional Meet; Klyuchnikova sets 2 VU records - Athletics

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VU men win title, Trailblazer women 2nd in Region 12 Super-Regional Meet; Klyuchnikova sets 2 VU records

The Vincennes University Men's Track & Field Team captured the NJCAA Region 12 title and the VU women's team was second over the weekend at the NJCAA Region 12 Super-Regional Meet held at VU Track & Field Complex.

It was the first time VU has hosted the event at its home complex.

The Trailblazer men scored 295 points to far outdistance second place Lansing's 89.5 points and Macomb's 55.5 points. On the women's side, Cuyahoga claimed the team championship with 280 points, leading VU with 230, Macomb at 56 and Lansing with 37 points.

VU's men won 17 events and Trailblazers Richard Griffith and Ezra Griffith - both competing unattached - finished first and second, respectively, in the Decathlon. The Trailblazer women won nine events. In the 26 first place finishes, VU saw freshman Varvara Klyuchnikova set two VU school records, while other Trailblazers advanced to the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in three other events. Also, two VU competitors and the Trailblazers' men's 4x100 Meter Relay Team earned trips to the national championship meet as region champions.

Klyuchnikova established new VU standards with wins in the High Jump (1.80 Meters) and Triple Jump (11.69 Meters). Other VU multiple winners were freshman Hunter Schuman in the Shot Put (15.19 Meters), Hammer Throw (52.54 Meters) and Discus (39.75 Meters); freshman Stoney Prowell in the 200 Meter Dash (21.61) and 400 Meter Dash (49.88); freshman Jordan Downs in the Long Jump (6.99 Meters) and Triple Jump (13.86 Meters); sophomore Kelly O'Shea in the 800 Meter Run (2:24.07) and 3000 Meter Steeplechase (11:31.30) and sophomore Sierra Brown in the 100 Meter Hurdles (15.43) and Long Jump (5.34 Meters). Freshman Elizabeth Bristow took six of seven events in the Heptathlon to win that competition, with VU freshman Antoinette Harvey coming in second. Freshman Richard Griffith came in first in six of 10 events to win the Decathlon.

The list of VU qualifiers for the May 17-19 NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships also grew over the weekend as sophomore Joshua Backes qualified with a winning time of 9:59.10 in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase, freshman Evan Hansen had a winning effort of 2.01 Meters in the High Jump and freshman Jaelyn Reynolds secured a spot in the championship meet with a Hammer Throw of 41.91 Meters. In addition, sophomore Klayton Vittetow's winning time of 57.61 in the 400 Meter Hurdles and Brown's two wins in the Long Jump and Hurdles place them both in the national meet as region champions. Finally, the Trailblazer Men's 4x100 Meter Relay Team qualified for the national championships.



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