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VU turns in strong showing at indoor track and field national championships

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Teams both turned in top-10 performances as teams and several members of both teams earned NJCAA or Coaches Association All-American status during the two-day NJCAA Indoor National Championships over the weekend in Albuquerque, NM. The VU men were eighth and the Trailblazer women were ninth.
Trailblazers Trey Kennedy (Pole Vault; 15 feet, 7 inches), Kaitlyn Moricz (Pole Vault; 11 feet, 11.75 inches) and Robert Murphy (3,000 Meter Run; 8:37.44) had runner-up performances to earn NJCAA All-American status. Murphy was also third in the One Mile Run with a time of 4:17.32.
“I’m very proud of the efforts of our teams; we didn’t have any national champions but we had several athletes who earned All-American honors,” said VU Coach Chris Gafner. “We also had a handful of athletes who were very close to winning titles but came up just short. Hats off to everyone who competed because it was a very competitive championship.”
Gafner added that some VU athletes are already qualified for the outdoor season’s national championships because of their indoor marks.
“So, the outdoor season is already looking bright,” he said.
Other VU competitors who had top-10 individual or relay performances were:
·    Candela Guijarro, third, Women’s High Jump (5.77 feet),
·    TaPring Goatee, fourth, Women’s One Mile Run (5:19.06),
·    VU Women’s Distance Medley Relay Team of Kelley O’Shea, Hanna Wise, Breanna Gahagan and Goatee, fourth (12:55.52),
·    Eric Blackman, fifth, Men’s Heptathlon (4,697 points),
·    Blake Marsee, sixth, Men’s Pole Vault (14 feet, 9 inches),
·    VU Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay Team of DeMarques Jones, Alex Moses, Kersten Barnfield and Murphy, sixth (3:23.41),
·    Goatee, seventh, Women’s 1000 Meter Run (3:08.56),
·    O’Shea, seventh, Women’s 800 Meter Run (2:24.49),
·    Isaiah Thomas, seventh, Men’s Long Jump (23 feet, 9.5 inches)
·    Blackman, seventh, Men’s High Jump (6 feet, 9.75 inches),
·    VU Men’s Distance Medley Relay Team of Michael Mest, Alex Moses, Adam Johnson and Murphy (10:29.81),
·    Ariana Kuhn, ninth, Women’s Weight Throw (50.69 feet),
·    Kenneth Lloyd, ninth, Men’s High Jump (6 feet, 8 inches),
·    VU Men’s 4x800 Meter Relay Team of Adam Johnson, Ethan Sparks, Michael Mest and Joshua Backes, 10th (8:01.79).
For the complete list of results from the 2015 NJCAA Indoor National Championships, visit http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/37905.html.
VU’s outdoor track & field season is set to begin with the April 3 and 4 Bellarmine Invitational in Louisville, KY.

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