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Women’s Track & Field Notches Record-Setting Weekend at 2018 Little State Championships

Marion,IN- The Vincennes University Women’s Track & Field Team recorded a record-setting weekend at the 2018 Little State Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. Sophomore All-American Jamesha Western & Freshman stand-out Jhala Henry both broke VU school-records, and were a huge part of the team’s 4th place finish.

Western broke the school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 164’10”. Western is now the school-record holder in the indoor & outdoor shot-put, the weight throw, the hammer throw, and 4th in the discus.

Western said after breaking the record, “This is an event that I had to learn from scratch, and I had to work hard on my technique all summer with Coach Marsee before starting at VU. I have wanted this record for 2-years, and now that I have broken the record, all I can do is continue to grow and improve so that I can hopefully throw further distances in the near future!”.

Freshman sprint stand-out Jhala Henry continued her record-setting inaugural season at Vincennes by capturing the school-record in the 400-meter run by clocking a time of 58.34 seconds to finish 1st in the event at the Little State Championships. Henry rebounded to finish 2nd in the 200-meter dash, and anchored the women’s 4x4 team of: sophomore Maisie Lay, freshman Taylin Brandenberger, sophomore Paige Jones, and herself to a 4th place finish with a 58.40 anchor leg.

However, several of the Lady Blazers had huge days despite not breaking school-records. Maisie Lay finished 3rd in the 3,000-meter steeple chase, bettering her 3rd-best time in school history, and running the 5th fastest time in the NJCAA this year at 11 minutes and 42 seconds. Sophomore Nacketa Schanlon also chipped in on the scoring efforts with a 7th place finish in the event.

Finally, Freshman Elizabeth Bredeweg took advantage of great weather on Friday night to punch her ticket to the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 10,000-meter run. Bredeweg’s time of 39 minutes and 54 seconds is the 3rd-fastest time in school history.

The women’s track and field team will return to action next Thursday-Saturday at the NJCAA Region XII Championships hosted by Vincennes University! Day 1 action in the Heptathlon and Decathlon will start on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EST! Go Trailblazers!

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