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VU Track & Field Continues to Build on Impressive 2017 Indoor Campaign with Big Weekend at GVSU

Grand Rapids, MI – The Vincennes University Track and Field teams continued their impressive indoor season on Friday and Saturday at Grand Valley State University’s Big Meet by throwing down 5 marks good enough to be in the top 10 in the NJCAA in their specific event, and by adding several more athletes to their list of national qualifiers this season.

Sophomore Stoney Prowell got the Trailblazers off to a hot start at GVSU on Friday by picking up the team’s first win of the meet by taking 1st in the 600m dash. Prowell clocked a time of 1:20.27. That mark narrowly misses the school record by .47 tenths of a second, and currently sits as the 4th fastest time in the NJCAA in the event. Prowell would double back on Saturday, and take a win in the 400m dash as well to round out his weekend.

Fellow Sophomore Jordan Down’s joined Prowell, and several of his teammates in throwing down big performances at the Kelly Sports Complex this weekend, by taking 2nd in the pole vault with a leap of 15’ 3 ¾”. That jump currently sits #4 in the NJCAA in what is shaping up to be a very tight contest nationally in the vault. Downs also competed in the long jump, taking 5th, and tying his PR with a jump of 22’ 11 ¼”. Downs again, narrowly missed the NJCAA qualifier by ½”.

Sophomore Jose Abel Cano Pallares qualified in the Mile with a season best time of 4:23.40. That mark currently sits 10th in the NJCAA in the event.

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay consisting of: Sydney Davidson, Elizabeth Bristow, Maisie Lay, and Anais Da Silva raced to the 2nd fastest time in school history, and the #3 time in the NJCAA this year by running 12:37.46. Da Silva preceded that the night before by breaking her own school record in the 3,000m run in a time of 10:06.54. That time currently sits 2nd in the NJCAA, adding to what was already an impressive list of top 5 times for Da Silva who also sits in the top 5 in the: Mile, 5,000, and Distance Medley Relay.

Freshman Marlowe Mosely also tacked another event onto his national qualifying list by qualifying in the 400m dash with a time of 49.19 seconds. He was narrowly edged out by fellow VU teammate Stoney Prowell, but still finished 2nd in the event. Mosely has now qualified in the 4x4, 600, and 400m dash.

A pair of freshman half-milers punched their ticket to Pittsburgh state as well on Saturday. Sydney Davidson qualified in the 800m run with a season best time of 2:24.26, and fellow freshman teammate Maisie Lay qualified with a time of 2:25.79. Both ladies had qualified in the Distance Medley Relay earlier in the day, but this was the first in what is sure to be many individual events that the two stud middle distance runners will qualify in.

National stand-out Varvara Klyuchnikova finished in 4th in the High Jump under difficult conditions at the Kelly Sports Complex. Coach Chris Gafner said, “For right footed jumpers, this place is really tough because you have to mark your steps on the track. So you have to watch for runners who are racing at you, and you may have to speed up or slow down your approach, which really can throw you off.” Freshman Jamesha Western also continued her very strong indoor campaign by finishing 4th in the shot put.

The Vincennes University Track and Field teams will be in action again this Friday as they Travel to Trine University for the Region XII Indoor Championships. Start time is set for 2:00 p.m. EST! Go Trailblazers!

For full results see:

Day 1: https://www.tfrrs.org/results/47002.html

Day 2: https://www.tfrrs.org/results/47003.html

 

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