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VU Track & Field combines wins with NJCAA qualifying marks in season opener

CRAWFORDSVILLE – The Vincennes University Track Teams claimed some events, turned in some top-5 finishes and saw nine Trailblazer competitors register NJCAA Indoor National Championship Meet qualifying marks over the weekend at the Wabash College Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational.

"I was happy with the way we started the season,” VU Coach Chris Gafner said. “We competed well across the board. Nine national qualifiers in the first meet is very promising."  

VU Sophomore Hunter Schuman was a dual winner with titles in the Shot Put (14.91 meters) and Weight Throw (16.80 meters). Freshman Isaiah Thomas claimed the top spot in the 200 Meter Run in 22.70, freshman Jordan Moothery was first in the 60 Meter Dash (6.97), freshman Stoney Prowell crossed the finish line first in the 400 Meter Run (50.56), and the VU Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay teams (Team 1: Michael Trice, DeMarques Jones, Isaiah Thomas and Prowell 3:30.19; Team 2: Gus Lathrop, Jose Tirado, Dwayne Doss and Seth Pfeil in 3:38.62) provided a 1-2 finish in that event.

Another 1-2 finish for VU came in the High Jump in which Richard Griffith won with a jump of 1.89 meters and Evan Hansen was runner-up at 1.86 meters.

On the women’s side of the meet, sophomore Sierra Brown won two events, finishing first in the 60 Meter Hurdles (9.36) and the Long Jump (5.45 meters).

Complete results for the meet can be found at the following link:

http://sports.wabash.edu/documents/2016/1/16//wabash_college_final_results.pdf

VU’s NJCAA Indoor National Championship Meet qualifying marks at Wabash were:

  • Anais Da Silva - 1 Mile Run (5:17.64; 4th)
  • Kelly O'Shea - 3000 Meter Run (11:06.07; 7th)
  • Varvara Klyuchnikova - High Jump (1.76 meters; 2nd)
  • Candela Guijarro - High Jump (1.65 meters; 3rd)
  • Sierra Brown - Long Jump (5.45 meters; 1st)
  • Trey Kennedy - Pole Vault (4.55 meters; 3rd)
  • Michael Boger - Pole Vault (4.25 meters; 6th)
  • Hunter Schuman - Shot Put (14.91 meters; 1st); Weight Throw (16.80 meters; 1st).

"We have a long way to go before we reach our peak, Gafner said. “The next few weeks we will be working very hard on improving our marks. We also had several athletes that were very close to qualifying marks that I believe will get there with another competition or two under their belts."

VU will spend parts of the next two weekends competing at the University of Indianapolis. On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Trailblazers will be at the UINDY Collegiate Invitational and then return to the Circle City on Jan. 29 for the UINDY Track and Field Challenge.

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