Feb. 2, 2013
AKRON, Ohio – More victories were awarded and more school records were broken as Marshall track and field completed events at the 2013 Akron Invitational Saturday.
Friday’s events were highlighted for the Thundering Herd by senior Vanessa Jules who won the gold division pentathlon with a combined score of 3,827. The score was the 16th highest recorded in the country. Saturday featured the undefeated senior Jasia Richardson winning the gold division championship in the triple jump with a mark of 41 feet, seven inches.
In Friday’s pentathlon, Jules finished in a four-way tie for first in the high jump, second in the long jump and 60 meter hurdles, sixth in the shot put, and seventh in the 800 meter run to claim the outright overall victory. Her time of 8.56 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles shaved one one-hundredth of a second off the Marshall record which she held previously. Further, her score of 3,827 topped her previous best of 3,791 which she recorded at last year’s Conference USA indoor championship.
Saturday proved to be more of the same success for Marshall as freshman Shanice Johnson broke the school record in the 200 meters, winning the blue division championship with a time of 24.86. Current senior Delkira Maybin held the former record of 24.97 since 2009.
Senior Crystal Walker finished second in the gold division in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 8 ¼ inches. The old mark, 19 feet, 6 ¼ inches, was held by the legendary Erika West and was set in 1990.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Johnson, Jules, Loren Dyer, and Amber Pierson ran the second fastest time in Marshall history. Their time of 3:50.29 was enough for third place.
Freshman Shyra Molton
missed a school record by just five-hundredths of a second while finishing in eighth place in the gold division 60 meters with a time of 7.67 seconds.
In Friday’s track events, sophomore Celia Leonard and seniors Kelley Mortakis and Paige Govey all crushed their previous lifetime bests in the 5000 meter run. Leonard’s performance, 18:28.14, was good enough for 10th place overall.
Marshall will travel back to Bloomington, Ind. next Friday for the Hoosier Hills which is set to run Friday and Saturday.