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VU heads to Billy Hayes Invitational as stellar outdoor season continues; Murphy, Goatee pace Trailblazers' solid Bellarmine performances

BLOOMINGTON – Fresh off a stellar performance at the Bellarmine Classic in Louisville, KY, the Vincennes University Track & Field Teams are scheduled to compete at the Billy Hayes Invitational Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at Indiana University.
The tentative meet schedule calls for field events to begin at 11 a.m. and track events are set to start at 12 p.m. Noon
(For a complete look at the Billy Hayes Invitational Schedule of Events, see the attached document in PDF format).
VU enters Saturday’s meet coming off of one of a performance at Bellarmine that continued some Trailblazer competitors’ national championship contention hopes, shattered VU records and added even more VU qualifiers for next month’s NJCAA Outdoor National Championship Meet in Hutchinson, KS.
Most notably, sophomores Robert Murphy and TaPring Goatee added to sterling 2015 seasons.
Murphy won the Men’s 1500 Meter and 800 Meter runs and manned the anchor leg of the Trailblazers’ winning 4x400 Meter Relay Squad. He shattered the VU record in the 1500 Meter Run by more than two seconds at the Bellarmine event with a time of 3:51.11, beating some very strong competition. Goatee also shattered her record in the Women’s 1500 Meter Run as she finished fourth in 4:42.49. Murphy and Goatee also improved their national qualifying marks in the 1500 Meter Run.
Also at Bellarmine, the VU Men's 4x100 Meter Relay Team (Alex Moses, Jacques Hall, Kenneth Lloyd, and Chris Bouchie) earned a trip to the national championship meet with a winning time of 42.17 seconds. In addition, freshman Kelly O'Shea improved her qualifying time in the 800 Meter Run (2:18.89; fourth place) and sophomore Ariana Kuhn bettered her qualifying mark in the Hammer Throw (48.00m/157 feet, 6 inches; fourth place) while qualifying in the Discus (40.31m/132 feet, 3 inches; seventh place). Candela Guijarro set a meet record in winning the High Jump (1.67m/5 feet, 5.75 inches).
"I was very proud of the way that we competed,” VU Coach Chris Gafner said after the Bellarmine meet. “Robert never ceases to amaze me. He’s always up for a challenge and he brought his A game. TaPring ran a great 1500. She is really starting to come into form.
"Kelly O'Shea and Ariana Kuhn are tough competitors who are always looking to improve and I admire their commitment," he added. “And it was great to see our relays perform well. The men's 4x100m qualifying was huge. Plus, I think we have an excellent chance of getting our men's and women's 4x400m relay teams qualified before season’s end."

(**ATTACHED: Billy Hayes Invitational Schedule of Events

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