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VU Track & Field Posts 13 top-25 National Marks and a School Record by Klyuchnikova at the NJCAA Region XII Meet

ANGOLA, IN – The Vincennes University Track and Field program posted another phenomenal weekend at the NJCAA Region XII Meet hosted by Trine University, highlighted by 13 athletes posting marks good enough to rank in the top 25 in the NJCAA, and a school record by sophomore Varavara Klyuchnikova in the triple jump.

Sophomore Varvara Klyuchnikova continued her historic track and field career at Vincennes University as she broke the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 37’1 ¼”, and captured the Region XII title in the event in the process. Klyuchnikova proceeded her performance in the triple jump by securing a Region XII title in the high jump with a mark of 5’10”, her second best jump of the year.

Sophomore Anais Da Silva continued her success-filled 2017 indoor campaign at Trine on Friday by winning the mile with a time of 5:11, narrowly missing the school record, and running the 6th best time in the NJCAA, in a race that she nearly time-trialed on her own. She followed up her strong performance in the mile with a runner-up finish in the 800m run with a season best time.

Freshman Sydney Davidson also continued what has been an outstanding indoor campaign for her by finishing 2nd in the mile with a new personal record of 5:20:36. Her time in the mile currently sits #20 in the NJCAA. Davidson followed up her personal best mile performance by winning the 1,000m run, clocking a time of 3:07. Davidson’s mark in the 1,000m run currently is the 9th best time in the NJCAA. Davidson would also be part of a 4x8 team also consisting of: Anais Da Silva, freshman Wendy Catalan, and freshman Maisie Lay that qualified for the NJCAA national meet with a composite time south of 10:00. Davidson has now qualified for the NJCAA national meet in all 5 events that she has competed in this year.

Sophomore Elizabeth Bristow crossed the tape first in the 60m hurdles, securing the Region XII victory with a time of 9.88 seconds. Freshman Paige Jones Finished 3rd in the event, and Jones also added a runner-up finish earlier in the day in the high jump with a mark of 5’1 ¼”.

Sophomore Aintzane Castarlenas won the pole vault with a jump of 11’6 ¼”, and currently sits 4th in the NJCAA in the vault.

Other big performances from the Lady Track and Field athletes included: a monster day by freshman Maisie Lay. Lay PR’ed in the mile with a time of 5:25.89, missing the NJCAA National Qualifying Standard by .32 tenths of a second. Lay would come back strong with a 3rd place finish in the 1,000m run, and threw down a time of 3 minutes and 10 seconds. That time currently sits 16th in the NJCAA. Lay would cap off her strong day by anchoring a women’s 4x4 team also consisting of: Paige Jones, Varvara Klyuchnikova, and Sydney Davidson to a second- place finish. Freshman Wendy Catalan finished 3rd in the 800m dash with a season-best time of 2:30.08. Elizabeth Bristow would also finish 2nd in the long jump with a jump of 16’3 ¾”. Freshman Jamesha Western rounded out a strong day of performances with a pair of second place finishes in the shot and the weight throw with marks of 44’2 ½” & 51’2 ¼” respectively.


The Men’s Track and Field team was also no stranger to success on Friday at the Region XII Meet. The Blazers were paced by sophomore Stoney Prowell who began his day with a victory in the 60m dash in a time of 6.99 seconds. Prowell doubled back in the 200m dash, and narrowly missed the school record, running the 12th best time in the NJCAA, and crossed the line in 21.61 seconds. Prowell rounded out his day by helping a team of himself, Marlowe Mosely, Michael Trice, and Kevin Johnson to grab a victory in the 4x4.

Sophomore Jordan Downs also without a doubt had an outstanding day at the Trine Thunder Athletics Complex. Downs started his day by winning the long jump in a leap of 22’8 ¼”. Downs returned in the pole vault, and jumped a personal best 15’6 ¾”. Downs mark on Friday currently sits 3rd in the NJCAA in the event. Downs closed out his day with his 3rd Region XII title by winning the triple Jump. Downs soared through the air to a mark of 45’ 4 ½”, and the 19th best jump in the NJCAA in the event this year.

Sophomores Jose Cano Pallares and Evan Hansen both picked up Region XII titles in their respective events. Cano Pallares ran the 6th fastest time in the nation in the 1,000m dash in the process, clocking a time of 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Evan Hansen won the high jump with a leap of 6’4 ¾”. Hansen’s mark currently sits 19th in the NJCAA. Fellow sophomore Richard Griffith also finished second in the event on jumps, but still cleared 6’ 4 ¾”.

Other Trailblazers rounding out the day with Region XII titles or solid performances included: freshman Marlowe Mosely in his first time running the 800m dash, out of the slow heat, won a Region XII title in the event, and clocked the 16th fastest time in the NJCAA, crossing the line in 1:56. Fellow East St. Louis High School freshman Kevin Johnson won the 400m dash, and led a VU sweep of the event as sophomores Michael Trice and Gus Lathrop finished a close 2nd and 3rd behind Johnson. Freshman Collin Zollman won the mile run in a new personal best of 4:48. Jose Cano Pallares also doubled back in the 3k leading VU to a sweep of scoring in that event as well as he finished first in 9:14.67, freshman Hunter Ingle finished 2nd in 9:14.87, and fellow freshman Janzen Franklin finished 3rd in 9:21.

Vincennnes University Track and Field will return to action March 3rd-5th as they travel to Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, KS for the NJCAA National Meet! Go VU!

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