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VU Track & Field continues shattering school records, establishing national qualifying marks

INDIANAPOLIS - The Vincennes University Track Teams qualified several more people for the NJCAA  Indoor National Championships when the Trailblazers claimed eight events and set new VU school records Friday and Saturday at the University of Indianapolis Challenge.

Sophomore Isaiah Thomas broke his recently established VU record in the long jump and then broke the mark a second time Saturday. Sophomore Robert Murphy set a new Trailblazer mark in the 3000 Meter Run. Murphy's performance is also the number one time in junior college competition this season.

In addition, the VU Women's Distance Medley Relay squad grabbed the nation's top time among junior college competitors for this season.

Thomas had set the school record the previous weekend in another meet at U of I, then broke his own record on Saturday. But Thomas wasn't done. He set the VU mark a third time when he turned in a winning jump of 25.20 feet Saturday.

"He's really jumping well right now, to say the least," said VU Coach Chris Gafner. "It is always a great feeling for a student-athlete to set a school or national record but he has now broken his own school record twice. That's very impressive."

Murphy put his name next to the VU 3000 Meter Run record by finishing second in Saturday's competition with a time of 8:21.61.

"Robert  ran an incredible race," Gafner said. "He broke the school record by about 11 seconds and that time is also the best junior college time in the country by about 16 seconds."

The VU Women's DMR team - made up of Kelly O'Shea, Hanna Wise, Breanna Gahagan and TaPring Goatee - obliterated the nation's previous top junior college time and a national qualifying mark running opposed without competition to push the runners for additional speed. The group's time Saturday was 12:56.96 and the NJCAA mark was 13:29.17.

The VU Men's DMR squad - Michael Mest, Alex Moses, Adam Johnson and Murphy - was also running without opposition over the weekend and still cranked up a national qualifiying time of 10:28.49.

Other VU national qualifying marks over the weekend included:

  • Goatee, Women's 600 Meter Run (1:38.68; first place),
  • O'Shea, Women's 800 Meter Run (2:24.31; fourth place),
  • Jacques Hall, Men's 200 Meter Dash (22.19; first place),
  • Eric Blackman, Men's Heptathlon (4546 points; first place, and,
  • Sierra Brown, Women's Pentathlon (2808 points, second place).

"We had a lot of other athletes close to qualifying marks this weekend," Gafner said. "I'm really looking forward to the meet at Grand Valley State in two weeks. I'm hoping we have about 30 qualifiers at the end of that meet."

For a complete look at the Indianapolis Challenge results in PDF format, click here.

 

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