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VU Cross Country Sweep Region 24 Championship Team Titles

Moreno and Todorovic Individual Champions

Charleston, IL. - The Vincennes University cross country teams swept the NJCAA Region 24 team titles on Friday, Oct. 25.  This was the 4th Region title in a row for the men's team, and the women's first region title since 2017. 

VU Men’s Performers 
The VU men were earned the first four places in the 8K race. Sophomore Milan Todorovic (Belgrade, Serbia) was the men's Regional Champion in a time of 25:49. Following closely behind were Morne Scharnick (Gauteng, South Africa) in second with time of 26:03 and freshman Maxwel Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) in third with a time of 26:18. Rounding out the top 7 were freshman Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) who was fourth place in 27:44, sophomore Franklin Sanders (North Vernon, Ind.) in 29:44 (9th place), freshman Nick Vogt (Cincinnati, Ohio) finishing in 11th (30:09) and sophomore Logan Busz (Whitley, Ind.) 13th (31:17).

Finishing All-Region 24 for the men were:

Milan Todorovic 1st
Morne Scharnick 2nd
Maxwel Kiplagat 3rd
Manamanya Opiew 4th

VU Coach Chris Gafner says. . . 
“I was really proud of the way the guys competed. Manny had a huge breakthrough with his fourth place finish. We still have work to do, but we are heading the right direction with Nationals coming up in Albuquerque on Nov. 9th"

VU Women’s Performers 
The VU women’s team was led by a first place finish from freshman Meagan Moreno (Morton, Ill.) who raced the 5K course in 18:48. Finishing 3rd and 4th in the race for the Trailblazers were freshman Kyra Young (Mishawaka, Ind.) in 20:42 and freshman Kaylee Lange (Vincennes, Ind.) in 20:50. Sophomore Taylin Brandenberger was 8th in 22:32, freshman Emily Remsburg finished 15th in 23:44, and Shelby Woods was 18th in 29:24.

Finishing All-Region 24 for the women were:
Meagan Moreno 1st
Kyra Young 3rd
Kaylee Lange 4th

VU Coach Chris Gafner says. . . 
"I was really happy with the way the women's team competed today.  They knew they had to be at their very best to win, and they all met the challenge head on. Meagan had her best race as a Trailblazer and really looked strong. Taylin came up big by passing three runners in the last 600 meters and that ended up being the difference in the race.  We look to take this momentum into Nationals in two weeks."

Next up 
The Trailblazers will compete in the NJCAA National Cross Championships in Albuquerque, NM on November 9th.

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