TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams continue to show improvement after competing in the John McNichols Invitational hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Course Saturday morning.
The VU men’s team was led by freshman Mathew Keitany (Kenya) who led the Trailblazers again with a time of 27:16.6.
Freshman Isaac Stanford (Flora, Ill.) and sophomore Ernest Momodu (Indianapolis, Ind.) followed closely behind with Stanford crossing the line at 27:30.5 and Momodu finishing at 27:37.0.
Sophomore Reed Lawless (Kouts, Ind.) took the fourth spot for Vincennes at 28:37.5 and freshman Sol O’Blenis (Amboy, Ind.) finished fifth at 29:37.9.
Sophomores Trenton Faulkner (Wheatland, Ind.) and Ian Boit (Kimilili, Kenya) were the next VU runners across the line with Faulkner finishing at 30:05.8 and Boit at 30:07.7.
Freshmen Matthew Gray (Washington, Ind.), Elijah McCartney (Darlington, Ind.), Griffin Worzella (Martinsville, Ind.) and Brayden Green (Sumner, Ill.) finished strong with Gray ending at 30:21.2, McCartney at 30:48.0, Worzella at 31:56.0 and Green at 32:12.1.
Sophomore Kyle Baugh (Portage, Ind.) narrowly edged out freshman Connor Roberson (Delphi, Ind.) to round out the VU runners with Baugh finishing with a time of 34:33.4 and Roberson ending at 33:33.6.
Vincennes as a team placed 16th out of 19 teams, ahead of four-year programs Franklin, Evansville and Fontbonne.
VU was the only two-year program running Saturday morning, racing on a tough course against several NCAA Division I four-year programs.