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VU Track & Field Teams continue to impress at Indy Collegiate Invitational

The Vincennes University Track & Field Teams added four more NJCAA Indoor National Championship Meet qualifiers, saw a new VU school record established and turned in several top finishes over the weekend at the Indianapolis Collegiate Invitational at the University of Indianapolis.

It was VU’s second meet of the season and Coach Chris Gafner said the Trailblazers showed great progress toward what he believes can be a strong season finish and national championship meet performance.

"Two meets in for both (the men's and women's) teams and both have had a strong start to the year,” he said. “I'm pleased, but not totally satisfied. We’re making progress, but I know how good these young athletes can be. I'm looking forward to the next meet and more chances to improve."

But Gafner was also quick to point out some excellent performances in the latest meet, including sophomore Trey Kennedy, who is in pursuit of another national title in the Pole Vault; freshman Stoney Prowell, who won the 400 Meter Dash; sophomore Kelly O’Shea, who may have had her best performance ever in the 800 Meter Run; freshman Jordan Moothery, who was edged slightly for first in the 60 Meter Dash and freshman Anais Da Silva, who set a new VU mark and finished third in the 3000 Meter Run.

"We had several really superb performances today." Gafner said. "Trey (Kennedy) was the top collegian and improved his NJCAA leading qualifying mark to 4.80 meters; the men's 400 meters was a very exciting race, but Stoney (Prowell) put on a heck of a burst in the last 30 meters to surge past some very good competitors to win it.

"Kelly (O'Shea) is really coming into her own as a competitor,” he added. “She was one of the people who ran away from the competition in the women's 800 meters and looked as strong as I have ever seen her. Jordan Moothery didn't get a win or a national qualifier (mark) but he was darn close. He missed the national qualifying mark and the school record by only one-hundredth of a second.

Finally, Gafner lauded Da Silva’s showing in her second outing as a Trailblazer.

"She has been impressive so far,” Gafner said. “She had some pacing issues in the 3000 meters, but was still able to hold on and break the school record by over 10 seconds.”

VU’s latest national qualifiers were:
·    Jose Cano Palleres; One Mile Run; 4:23.16,
·    Da Silva; 3000 Meter Run; 10:22.70,
·    O' Shea; 800 Meter Run; 2:22.43, and,
·    Aintzane Castarlenas; Pole Vault; 2.96m.

For complete Indianapolis Collegiate Invitational results, click on the following link:
http://athletics.uindy.edu.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/2016/1/24/Results_UIndy_Collegiate_Invite.pdf

The Trailblazers will return to the University of Indianapolis on Friday, Jan. 29, for the UIndy Track & Field Challenge.

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