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VU Track & Field Collects 2 more School Records & 5 more All-American Accolades on Day 2 of NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Pittsburg, KS – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams had tremendous success on day 1 of the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University. Day 2 followed suit, as the team broke 2 more school records, and collected 5 more All-American Awards.

The Women’s 3200m relay team of Freshman Maisie Lay, Sophomore Anais Da Silva, Freshman Wendy Catalan, and Freshman Sydney Davidson got the momentum trending in a positive directions for the Trailblazers in the first running event on the track of day 2. The Ladies cruised to an 8th place finish, clocking a time of 9:52, earning All-American Honors, and breaking the school record by 2 seconds. This was the 2nd All-American Award earned by Lay & Davidson, and the 3rd by Da Silva during the weekend.

Next up for VU, Sophomore Varvara Klyuchnikova finished runner-up in the high jump, losing on jumps to Abagail Kwarteng of West Texas. Klyuchnikova cleared 5’9 ¼”, and racked up her 3rd straight All-American Award in 3 meets competing in the high jump. She also finished 13th in the triple jump, narrowly missing the mark to qualify for the finals.

Freshman Marlowe Mosely continued his historic weekend in the 400m final on Saturday. On Friday, in the Prelim, Mosely broke the Vincennes University school record in the event, clocking a time of 47.65 seconds, breaking a record that had stood for more than 50 years. On Saturday, in the final, Mosely raced to a 5th place finish, earning his first All-American award, and re-broke his own school record in the event! The Freshman from East St. Louis finished in 47.41 seconds, breaking his own school record by nearly a quarter of a second.

Sophomore Jose Cano Pallares also followed up a school record breaking performance on Friday in the 1,000m prelim with a 7th place finish in the 1,000m final on Saturday. He scurried to a time of 2 minutes and 34 seconds, and earned All-American status in the event.

Finally, in the final event of the NJCAA Indoor Championships, the Men’s 4x4 team of Marlowe Mosely, fellow East St. Louis freshman Kevin Johnson, Sophomore Michael Trice, and Sophomore Keenen Johnson broke the Vincennes University school record with a time of 3:16.98, and finished 8th in the event, earning All-American Honors. The team came in ranked 14th in the nation, but took advantage of great races to move up in the team scoring.

The Men’s team finished 15th in the meet, and the Women’s team finished 7th, 5 points out of 5th. After the meet, Coach Gafner said, “The meet was crazy fast this year. Across the board, our kids competed really welll, as is evident by how many records we broke at this meet, but a lot of the performances any other year would have placed much higher. I was very proud of our kids this weekend, and was very pleased with our indoor season as a whole. We broke a lot of school records, and had a lot of changes to the indoor all-time marks. We are gearing up to be a really good team outdoors.”

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