VU sophomore Kenrisha Brathwaite wins 2nd NJCAA indoor hurdles title
March 2, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – Vincennes University sophomore Kenrisha Brathwaite defended her title from 2012 when she claimed the 55 Meter Hurdles championship Saturday at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX.
Also on the event’s second day, freshman Treyvon Matthews came in sixth in the Men’s 55 Meter Hurdles and the VU Men’s 4x800 Meter Relay Team added to the Trailblazer medal count by finishing sixth as well.
The VU Women’s Track & Field Team finished in a ninth place tie with Cloud County, while the Trailblazer men were 22nd on their side of the meet.
Brathwaite’s victory and the top-10 performances by Matthews and the relay squad follow VU’s first-day achievements at the championship meet, including freshman Kendra Bosecker’s pole vault title, Freshman Whitney Wiist’s sixth place in the Women's 5000 Meter Run, the Men's Distance Medley Relay Team (sophomores Ken Renshaw, Da'Quann Warren, Cordney Ellis and Hunter Motz) placing seventh, sophomore Janie Burnett finishing eighth in the Women's Shot Put and freshman Cloe Heller coming in 10th in the Women's 3000 Meter Run.
Brathwaite won the 55 Meter Hurdles in a time of 7.81, clearly outdistancing runner-up Keenan Davis of South Plains with 8.08. Last season, Brathwaite latched onto the 60 Meter Hurdles crown.
On the men’s side in the hurdles, Matthews turned in a time of 7.59. The event’s winning time was 7.35 by South Plains’ Jovan Davis.
The Men’s 4x800 Meter Relay Team – made up of sophomores Cordney Ellis, Ken Renshaw and Hunter Motz and freshman John Rodrick – had a time of 8:00.39. The winning squad from Rend Lake finished in 7:46.18.
The Trailblazer Track & Field program now turns it attention to the NJCAA outdoor season. VU begins outdoor action April 6 with the Bill Smith Open at the VU Track & Field Complex.