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Strong Day One for @HerdTFXC at Wake Forest Open

Butler's win in the triple jump came on the Herd's first day of outdoor competition.
March 18, 2016


Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Marshall University track and field team wrapped up a successful day one at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem Friday.

Junior Antonique Butler claimed the Herd’s lone win on the day in the triple jump, with a jump of 12.58 meters. Freshman Lauren George placed fourth (11.79m), while sophomore Danielle Wright finished ninth (11.37m).

Senior Asia Bange placed third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.87 seconds. Senior Alexandra Phares also had a top ten finish in the 5,000 meter run, placing sixth (17:45.06). Junior Hope Julmiste placed sixth in the 100 meter dash, sprinting a time of 11.83.

Freshman Sarah Bever was the Herd’s highest finisher in the high jump, finishing in a tie for seventh with a leap of 1.58m.

In throwing competitions, freshman Elena Marchand finished 15th in shot put, with a throw of 12.93m. Fellow freshman Hasana Clark placed 22nd in hammer throw (42.53), while junior Mercedes Dowell was 24th (41.83).

In section B of the high jump, freshman Maleah Penn placed 14th (1.43m). In section B of the 1,500 meter run, the Herd’s Andrea Porter placed 13th (4:53.08).



"We had a very good day led by Antonique Butler's win in the triple jump with a lifetime best that could get her into the first round of the NCAA championships,” Marshall coach Jeff Small said. “Asia Bange's 3rd place finish was another highlight with a great early season time. Lifetime bests were also recorded by Lauren George, Hope Julmiste and Alex Phares."

Competition resumes Saturday. Follow this link for live results. Follow Marshall track and field on Twitter, @HerdTFXC.