Allendale, MI – The Vincennes University Track & Field teams shined this weekend at the Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State University. 19 athletes achieved personal best marks, 24 athletes achieved national qualifying marks or bettered their previous qualifying marks, and 7 changes were made to the All-Time list.
The Big Meet is split into a two-day meet, and the first day of action began with the men’s and women’s 5,000 meter run. All 6 athletes who competed either tied their personal best mark from this year, or bettered it. Freshman Michael DeMeyer nearly missed the qualifying mark, but managed to run a personal best time of 15 minutes and 38 seconds. Marcus Graham tied his NJCAA top-10 time with a mark of 15 minutes and 7 seconds. Sophomore All-American Evan Franklin bettered his mark to 14 minutes and 46 seconds, with a blistering final 400-meters that he clocked in 62 seconds. That mark is currently the 3rd fastest time in the NJCAA this year, and makes him only the 2nd Vincennes University athlete to break the 15-minute mark indoors.
Freshman Liz Bredeweg also gave a valiant effort in the 5,000-meter run, narrowly missing the qualifying mark, but notching the 5th fastest time in school history in the event with a time of 19 minutes and 23 seconds.
Sophomore Jamesha Western continued the strong performances on Day-1 by re-breaking her school record in the weight throw with a heave of 17.79 meters, or 58’4”. That mark currently is the 3rd best mark in the NJCAA, and puts her within a foot of the leader.
The Trailblazers rounded out Friday with a pair of National Qualifying marks in the 400-meter run. Sophomore All-American Marlowe Mosely punched his ticket to Lubbock in a very physical heat, and Freshman Jhala Henry punched her ticket, running the 2nd fastest time in VU history to finish in 58.93 seconds.
If VU fans thought Day-1 brought loads of excitement at the Kelly Family Sports Complex, they were in for more of the same on day-2.
Sophomore Maisie Lay punched her ticket to Lubbock in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10 minutes and 54 seconds. She would double-back in the mile to race her way to a personal-best time of 5:25.80, and solidified a fantastic day with a 4x4 split of 60.83 seconds to help the team of Jones, Davidson, Lay, and Henry finish 7th overall, in a season best time of 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
Fellow sophomore and 4x4 teammate Sydney Davidson also punched her ticket to Lubbock on Saturday by racing her way to a time of 2:24.80 in the 800 meter run. The time was a mere 36-tenths of a second off her 5th-best mark in school history.
The Distance Medley Relay team of: freshman Seth Vaquero, sophomore Kevin Johnson, freshman Josh Hodge, and Freshman Jacob Adams punched their ticket to Lubbock with a finishing time of 10 minutes and 35 seconds. Adams and Vaquero joined fellow freshman Marcus Graham to double-back in the 800. Adams clocked a time of 1:56.20, Vaquero a time of 1:58.74, and Graham a time of 1:58.96.
Finally, Franklin & Mosely doubled-back after big races on Friday to repeat big performances to finish out the day on Saturday. Franklin bolted to a time of 4 minutes and 18 seconds in the mile run. That time is the 4th fastest in Vincennes University history.
Mosely punched 2 tickets to Lubbock on Saturday in the 200 and the 4x4. Mosely’s time of 22.00 is the 3rd fastest time in school history, and mere 7-tenths of a second off of the school record. He also anchored the 4x4 team of: Kevin Johnson, Jacob Adams, freshman Ja’von Wilkerson, and himself to a time of 3:20.85. That time was good enough to qualify for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Lubbock, Texas, and to finish 2nd in the meet.
The Trailblazers will return to action this weekend for the NJCAA Region XII Championships which will be held at host Hillsdale College! Go VU!