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Strong Performance For Marshall At Thundering Herd Invitational

Safiyyah Mitchell, Taylor Robinson, Hannah Carreon
Jan. 27, 2018

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall track and field performed strong at the Thundering Herd Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Jeff Small Track at the Chris Cline Indoor Athletic Complex.

As a team the Herd finished second out of 13 schools with 99 points. The Herd recorded one school record, one facility record, one win, and 15 top-10 finishes on Saturday.

Over the two-day meet the total was two wins and 21 top-10 finishes for Marshall.

Sophomore Safiyyah Mitchell won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.49. Her time is a new facility and meet record, and is the best time this season throughout Conference USA. Freshman Taylor Robinson finished fifth in the finals with a time of 8.92, and sophomore Hannah Carreon finished seventh in the event with a time of 9.02.

Freshman Lauren Zaglifa broke the school record in the indoor pole vault in her second meet competing for Marshall with a best clearance of 3.50 meters (11 feet 5.75 inches). She finished sixth in the event.



Marshall had a duo of top-four finishes in the triple jump. Junior Melany Belot finished second (12.17m/39 ft. 11.25 in.) and sophomore Denisha West finished fourth (11.87m/38 ft. 11.50 in.).

The 4x400m relay team of Safiyyah Mitchell, Christianna Dogan, Brandy Elysee, Andrea Chidester finished second with a time of 3:49.32, which was the fifth fastest time in school history.

Sophomore Ericka Budd finished third in the shot put with a best throw of 13.82m (45 ft. 4.25 in.).

Junior Kayla Haywood qualified for the finals in the 60 meter dash and finished fourth with a time of 7.78.

Sophomore Hannah Cartwright finished eighth in the high jump with a best jump of 1.59m (5 ft. 2.50 in.).

Freshman Brandy Elysee was the top Marshall finisher in the 400 meter dash in third place. Her time of 56.30 was the fourth fastest 400m time in school history.

In the 800m, senior Barkley Castro finished sixth with a time of 2:18.04. Sophomore Mary Eliza Zulauf finished seventh with a time of 2:19.00.

In the 200m, senior Naja Greer led the way for Marshall in seventh with a time of 25.24.

Junior Adriana Cook led the way in the 3000m run with a time of 10:35.06, finishing in 10th.

Full Saturday Results

Pole Vault: Lauren Zaglifa (6th-3.50m/11 ft. 5.75 in.-New School Record)

High Jump: Hannah Cartwright (8th-1.59m/5 ft. 2 in.)

Shot Put: Ericka Budd (3rd-13.82m/45 ft. 4.25 in.)

60mH: Safiyyah Mitchell (8.54, qualified), Taylor Robinson (8.92, qualified), Hannah Carreon (9.10, qualified), Christianna Dogan (9.57)

60m (Prelims): Kayla Haywood (7.80, qualified), Naja Greer (7.95), Andrea Chidester (7.95), Josie Raines (8.18)

Triple Jump: Melany Belot (2nd-12.17m/39 ft. 11.25 in.), Denisha West (4th-11.87m/38 ft. 11.50 in.)

60mH Finals: Safiyyah Mitchell (1st-8.49), Taylor Robinson (5th-8.92), Hannah Carreon (7th-9.02)

60m Finals: Kayla Haywood (4th-7.78)

400m: Brandy Elysee (3rd-56.30), Talor Wilkerson (29th-1:00.99), Sydnei Taylor (31st-1:01.20), LaShonda McDowell (36th-1:02.98)

800m: Barkley Castro (6th-2:18.04), Mary Eliza Zulauf (7th-2:19.00), Christianna Dogan (19th-2:25.09), Madeline Armstrong (20th-2:25.44), Alyssa Long (23rd-2:27.32)

200m: Naja Greer (7th-25.24), Andrea Chidester (19th-26.02)

3000m: Adriana Cook (10th-10:35.06), Samantha Graffius (19th-11:11.34), Abigail Short (21st-11:15.62), Audreanna Lewis (26th-12:05.08)

4x400m Relay: Team A: Safiyyah Mitchell, Christianna Dogan, Brandy Elysee, Andrea Chidester (2nd-3:49.32)

Team B: Sydnei Taylor, Talor Wilkerson, Barkley Castro, LaShonda McDowell (4:04.09)

Team C: Madeline Armstrong, Mary Eliza Zulauf, HollyAnn Swann, Alyssa Long (4:14.23)


“I thought it was a really good meet,” head coach Jeff Small said. “Yesterday we had Sarah Bever have a great personal record in the pentathlon to put her in the top-four in conference. HollyAnn Swann did great last night. Melany Belot had several great jumps to day, the five longest triple jumps of her life to put her third in conference. Brandy Elysee had a great 400 as well. Ericka Budd had another great shot put. A great long jump from a freshman, Josie Raines. Overall, I really think we made a great jump forward today as a program.


Of course we would have loved to win, but Appalachian State [meet winners] has a great program. I’m proud of our team for beating all of these other teams and I thought it was a great weekend.”



The team returns to action next Friday and Saturday, February 2-3 at Liberty University. Follow the team on Twitter @HerdTFXC.