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VU men, women track teams both among Top 10 in nation; Trailblazer performances highlighted by 3 national titles, several top 10 individual efforts

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Once the weather allowed competition to resume Saturday night at the NJCAA Outdoor National Track & Field Championships, the Vincennes University Track & Field Teams saw freshman Candela Guijarro battle her way to a third place tie in the Women’s High Jump and sophomore TaPring Goatee turn in a top-10 finish in the Women’s 5000 Meter Run.

The top 10s and freshman Trey Kennedy’s Pole Vault national championship earlier in the day, plus national titles by Goatee (Steeplechase) and sophomore Kaitlyn Moricz (Pole Vault) and other top 10s earlier in the meet, helped the Trailblazer men finish eighth and the VU women 10th in the nation.

“It was obviously a very successful meet,” VU Coach Chris Gafner said. “This was the first national meet I have coached where three different Trailblazers won national titles. We definitely outperformed our expectations.”

Guijarro jumped 5 feet, 5.25 inches, to share third place behind winner Kaysee Pilgrim of Pima, who lept 5 feet, 7.75 inches.

Goatee followed up her Steeplechase title with Saturday’s eighth place performance in the 5000 Meter Run. Her time was 18:41.09, while Lydia Mato of Barton County won in 16:39.37. 

Men - Team Rankings                      Points

1) South Plains                                               162.50

2) Central Arizona                                       101  

3) Iowa Central CC                                         62

4) Iowa Western CC                                        55

5) Coffeyville CC                                          47

6) Monroe College                                         46

7) Western Texas College                           39

8) Vincennes                                                  36

9) Butler CC                                                   34

9) Cloud County CC                                        34

11) Mesa CC                                                 31

11) Colby CC                                               31

13) Cowley County CC                                30

14) Barton County CC                                       28

15) Meridian CC                                             18

16) Hinds CC                                               15

17) Southwest Christian                             14

18) Paradise Valley                                         8.50

19) Essex CC                                                 8

19) Allen County CC                                         8

19) Neosho County CC                                 8

19) Richard Bland                                           8

23) ASA College                                              7

23) Lincoln College                                         7

25) Kansas City CC                                           5

26) North Iowa Area CC                              4

26) Spartanburg Methodist                            4

28) Johnson County CC                               3

29) Hutchinson CC                                            1

29) Garden City CC                                          1

29) Pima CC                                                  1 

Women - Team Rankings                  Points

1) South Plains                                               118

2) Iowa Central CC                                       114.50

3) New Mexico JC                                           92

4) Coffeyville CC                                         77.50

5) Central Arizona                                         54

6) Barton County CC                                       45

7) North Iowa Area CC                                      38

8) Iowa Western CC                                        36  

9) Essex CC                                                25

10) Vincennes                                              23  

11) Western Texas College                           21

12) DuPage                                                 19  

13) Cloud County CC                                 17

14) ASA College                                            15  

15) Monroe College                                          12

15) Paradise Valley                                        12

17) Butler CC                                               11

17) Lansing CC                                             11  

19) Johnson County CC                               10

20) Southwest Christian                             8  

21) Cowley County CC                                 7

21) Dodge City CC                                           7  

21) Hinds CC                                                 7

24) Mesa CC                                                 6.50

25) Hutchinson CC                                            4.50

26) NMMI                                                    4  

26) Neosho County CC                                 4

26) Colby CC                                                4  

26) Cuyahoga CC                                              4

30) Lincoln College                                         3  

30) Pima CC                                                  3

32) Glendale CC                                             2

33) Macomb CC                                                1

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