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VU Trailblazer Track & Field squads heading into 2016 indoor season at Saturday's Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational

The 2016 indoor season begins Saturday for the Vincennes University Track & Field Teams when the Trailblazers travel to Wabash College in Crawfordsville for the Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational.

The Trailblazers approach the indoor season opener with a plan to gain NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship qualifying marks for some competitors and get others acclimated to collegiate action. Although VU lost some very successful athletes to graduation after last season’s indoor top 10 finishes for both teams, Coach Chris Gafner is cautiously optimistic about the program’s potential success.

“This definitely has the look of a deep and pretty talented group,” Gafner said. “We have been fortunate to add a lot of very talented people in this group of newcomers and some of our returning athletes could be set to do some great things if everything works out.”

Back from last season is NJCAA outdoor national champion and indoor national runner-up pole vaulter Trey Kennedy. The sophomore is joined by fellow second-year competitors Michael Boger (outdoor national championships qualifier in pole vault), Sierra Brown (long jump and 100 Meter Hurdles qualifier at outdoor nationals), Candela Guijarro (third nationally in the high jump last indoor season), DeMarques Jones (member of sixth place 4x400 Meter Relay squad at 2015 indoor nationals) and Kelly O’Shea. O’Shea and sophomore Breanna Gahagan were members of VU’s fourth place Distance Medley Relay team at last year’s indoor national championships.

In addition, the Trailblazers welcome back Joshua Backes and Ethan Sparks, who contributed to VU’s 2015 indoor top 10 finish in the 4x800 Meter Relay.

Saturday’s tentative schedule of events at Wabash is as follows:
FIELD EVENTS
12 p.m.                                 
Men’s weight throws
Women’s weight throw
Men’s long jump
Women’s long jump
Men’s pole vault
Women’s pole vault
1 p.m.                                   
Men’s shot put
Women’s shot put
Men’s high jump
Women’s high jump
Men’s triple jump
Women’s triple jump
 
RUNNING EVENTS (begin at 1 p.m.)
1 p.m. — Men’s 4x200 meter relay
1:10 p.m. — Women’s 4x200 meter relay
1:25 p.m. — Men’s 3,000 meter run
1:50 p.m. — Women’s 3,000 meter run
2:10 p.m. — Men’s 60 meter hurdle prelims
2:20 p.m. — Women’s 60 meter hurdle prelims
2:30 p.m. — Men’s 60 meter dash prelims
2:40 p.m. — Women’s 60 meter dash prelims
2:45 p.m. — Men’s one mile run
3:05 p.m. — Women’s one mile run
3:15 p.m. — Men’s 60 meter hurdle finals
3:20 p.m. — Women’s 60 meter hurdle finals
3:25 p.m. — Men’s 400 meter run
3:40 p.m. — Women’s 400 meter run
3:50 p.m. — Men’s 60 meter dash finals
3:55 p.m. — Women’s 60 meter dash finals
4 p.m. — Men’s 800 meter run
4:10 p.m. — Women’s 800 meter run
4:20 p.m. — Men’s 200 meter dash
4:50 p.m. — Women’s 200 meter dash
5:05 p.m. — Men’s 5,000 meter run
5:25 p.m. — Women’s 5,000 meter run
5:50 p.m. — Men’s 4x400 meter relay
6 p.m. — Women’s 4x400 meter relay

Live statistics and results will be available online at the following link:
http://www.results.corinthwellness.com/wabash/

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