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Murphy, Kennedy, Moricz lead VU at Indiana Little State Championships

INDIANAPOLIS - Vincennes University sophomore Robert Murphy set new VU school records in three events and Trailblazer pole vaulters Trey Kennedy and Kaitlyn Moricz won events as the VU men finished fifth and the VU women were seventh at the Indiana Little State Championships Friday and Saturday, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University.
The Vincennes men scored 92.5 points in their fifth place finish (out of 12 teams), following winner Indiana Wesleyan with 167 points, second place Bethel (121.5 points), Marian in third (97 points) and the University of Indianapolis in fourth place (94 points).
VU's women earned their seventh place spot (out of 12 teams) with 53 points. University of Indianapolis won the meet with 211.5 points. Indiana Wesleyan was runner-up with 168.5 points, while Taylor was third (95 points), Bethel came in fourth (86 points) and St. Joseph's rounded out the top 5 with 58 points. Marian was just ahead of VU with 55 points.
Murphy's school record-setting performances over the weekend were in the Steeplechase, 1500 Meter Run and 5000 Meter Run. The efforts earned him Track Athletes of the Championships honors.
"Overall, it was a solid meet with some very good performances," VU Coach Chris Gafner said.  "Our pole vaulters performed very well as a group."
Murphy claimed the Steeplechase event with a time of 9:13.88 to outdistance second place Joel Keller of the University of Indianapolis at 9:24.13. VU's Michael Mest was 10th (10:18.88). In the 1500 Meter Run, Murphy was the runner-up to Logan Barrett of St. Joseph's (3:51.06). Murphy turned in a time of 3:52.32. Finally, Murphy finished fourth (14:53.56) in the 5000 Meter Run, which was won by Indiana Wesleyan's Jacob Reinking (14:38.68).
In Kennedy's Pole Vault title (4.7 meters), he led a VU assault on the top 10. Trailblazer Blake Marsee was second (4.55 meters), while VU's Michael Boger was fourth (4.4 meters) and Blake Edwards came in 10th (3.95 meters).
Moricz claimed the women's pole vault crown with a vault of 3.75 meters. Whitney Grace of Bethel was second at 3.5 meters and VU's Lillian Schneider was eighth (3.2 meters).
Other top 10 finishes for VU were:
  • Sierra Brown, second, Women's 100 Meter Hurdles (15.11),
  • TaPring Goatee, second, Women's Steeplechase (11:05.84),
  • Isaiah Thomas, second, Men's Long Jump (7 meters),
  • Brown, third, Women's Long Jump (5.41 meters),
  • Goatee, third, Women's 1500 Meter Run (4:4.67),
  • Candela Guijarro, third, Women's High Jump (1.62 meters),
  • Men's 4x100 Meter Relay, third (42.51),
  • Eric Blackman, T-third, Men's High Jump (1.96 meters),
  • Blackman, fourth, Men's 110 Meter Hurdles (15.46),
  • Jacques Hall, fourth, Men's 200 Meter Dash (22:03),
  • Kenneth Lloyd, fifth, Men's High Jump (1.96 meters),
  • Hunter Schuman, fifth, Men's Shot Put (14.74 meters),
  • Hanna Wise, fifth, Women's 400 Meter Dash (59.85),
  • Jordan Feuerstein, sixth, Men's High Jump (1.91 meters)
  • Alex Moses, sixth, Men's 200 Meter Dash (22:21),
  • Moses, sixth, Men's 400 Meter Dash (49.84),
  • Wise, seventh, Women's 200 Meter Dash (26.37),
  • Men's 4x800 Meter Relay, ninth (8:43.49),
  • Brown, 10th, Women's High Jump (1.52 meters),
  • Ariana Kuhn, 10th, Women's Discus Throw (38.91 meters),
  • Kuhn, 10th, Women's Hammer Throw (42.66 meters).
For the complete results of the Indiana Little State Championships, visit:

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