LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Marshall senior Jasia Richardson produced a personal record, school record, and the country’s seventh best score in the triple jump Saturday inside the Nutter Field House and highlighted day two of the Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet, hosted by Kentucky.
Richardson’s feat lifted her into a top ten national ranking and was matched by the Thundering Herd’s 4x400 relay team which shattered another school record in a sixth place finish.
On her final attempt, Richardson won the event by leaping to a score of 12.92m (42’4) and breaking Marshall’s previous record of 42’2 which was set by Andrea Jackson in 2010. The score was six inches farther than the rest of the competition.
In the 4x400, senior Amber Pierson, senior Vanessa Jules, sophomore Loren Dyer, and freshman Shanice Johnson placed sixth overall with a 3:48.65 finish. Former Herd members Rolanda Bruce, Angelica Harris, Tarrin Scott, and Breanna Jones set the previous mark of 3:53.32 in 2007.
“Our distance runners set a bunch of large personal bests this weekend while we had several sprinters back today that had been nursing injuries,” said Marshall head coach Jeff Small. “Our throwers had an off weekend but I know they will bounce back next weekend. I think we are starting to turn the corner in our preparation for next month's CUSA championship.”
On day one, Jules came in fifth in the high jump, soaring to a height of 1.70m. Jules followed that up with a seventh place finish in the 60 meter hurdles on day two with a time of 8.68s.
Further day one highlights for the Thundering Herd included Crystal Walker’s 5.80m leap which gave her an eighth place finish in the long jump.
On day two, freshman Alexandria Phares managed a 13th place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 10:49.37.