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Murphy leads VU to 1st in invitational's non-DI race
 October 21, 2013

Goatee 2nd in women’s non-DI ra ce

EVANSVILLE – Vincennes University freshman Robert Murphy won the men’s non-Div. I race and freshman TaPring Goatee was second in the women’s non-Div. I race at today’s regular season finale’, the University of Evansville Invitational.

Murphy’s effort led the Trailblazer men to a team victory in the 8K non-Div. I race while Vincennes was second as a team in the women’s non-Div. I race. University of Southern Indiana was second in the men’s race and won the women’s race.
Murphy turned in a time of 25:45.20. Michael Mest (fifth; 27:04.39), Jeffrey Earnst (seventh; 27:20.41) and Dakota Mercer-Szady (ninth; 28:06.41) also turned in top-10 finishes.
"On the men's side, we really had a break-through race today," said VU Coach Chris Gafner. "Every runner in our top seven had a personal best today and really lopped a good chunk of time off."
Other VU finishes in the men’s race were as follows:

·       Zach Wagler, 13th,

·       Adam Johnson, 14th,

·       Tyler Keen, 18th,

·       John Rodrick, 19th,

·       Cordney Ellis, 22nd, and,

·       Jose Tirado, 26th.

"It was a challenging course and it shows that we're getting in shape at the right time on the men's side," Gafner said of the setting for the meet that also included the University of Southern Indiana, Webster University and Kentucky Wesleyan. "I was very excited to win the non-Division I race today because there were some pretty tough teams in it."

Goatee finished Saturday’s 5K course in 18:35.42 in her runner-up performance.  The Trailblazers also got top-20 finishes from sophomores Whitney Wiist (eighth; 19:42.71) and Chloe Heller (16th; 20:37.88 in only her second meet of the season). Other VU finishes and times were as follows:

·       Danielle Thompson, 22nd,

·       Jireh Hart, 23rd,

·       Meredith Spitz, 28th,

·       Emily Edwards-Burkes, 30th,

·       Hanna Wish, 31st, and,

·       Hollie Maddox, 36th.

"In the women's race, it was really a solid effort for us today," Gafner said. "It was the first time all year that we've had our complete team on the course at the same time and we showed good progress toward the region meet. Jireh (Hart) had her personal best by about a minute and half."

Next up for the Trailblazers, the NJCAA Region 12 Championship Meet on October 26 in Lansing, MI.

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