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VU’s Murphy, Goatee, Marsee land region honors from USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS – Vincennes University sophomores Robert Murphy and TaPring Goatee and VU Assistant Coach Tim Marsee are in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s inaugural NJCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2015 season.

Winners for each region were selected in a vote of NJCAA DI coaches. The honored athletes and coaches will compete at the NJCAA Div. I Outdoor National Championships this weekend in Hutchinson, KS.

Murphy was announced earlier today as the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Goatee grabbed the same award on the women’s side. Marsee was named the USTFCCCA’s Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. The announcement comes one day after Murphy was also chosen as USTFCCCA’s NJCAA Men’s National Athlete of the Week.

Among the most decorated student-athletes in VU running history, Murphy and Goatee are multiple-time NJCAA and USTFCCCA All-Americans in track & field and cross country. Both have also established several VU school records and held multiple No. 1 rankings in various events.

Marsee has garnered several NJCAA Assistant Coach of the Year awards over the past several indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

The USTFCCCA web site ( posted the announcement of the awards early today. In the announcement, the organization stated the following on both VU athletes and Marsee:

ATLANTIC REGION — Robert Murphy — Vincennes

Murphy, a sophomore from Warsaw, Ind., has the division’s best time this season in the steeplechase with a school-record 8:57.59. He also is in the national top 10 in the 1500 and 5000 meters with school records and also the 800 meters.

ATLANTIC REGION — TaPring Goatee — Vincennes

Goatee, a sophomore from Terre Haute, Ind., is ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA in the steeplechase (11:05.84), No. 4 in the 1500m (4:42.49), No. 24 in the 400 hurdles (1:04.82). The 1500 meters and 400 hurdle times were school records.

ATLANTIC REGION — Tim Marsee — Vincennes

Coach Marsee will have three men’s pole vaulters competing at the NJCAA championships. They are ranked 3rd, 12th, and 20th on the NJCAA list. He also has the ninth-ranked decathlete in the meet.


**SIDEBAR: VU Men's and Women's Track & Field stay put in USTFCCCA NJCAA Div. I National Team Rankings

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