Three Wins on Final Day at High Point Cap Meet Victory for @HerdTFXC|
HIGH POINT, N.C.—The Marshall University track and field team finished its opening outdoor meet of the 2017 season with a meet victory at Bob Davidson Spring Kick-Off at High Point University.
Out of 16 schools, Marshall won the meet by a large point total. The Herd’s 128 points won the competition by over 40 points. The second place finisher was Wake Forest with 87 points.
The team added three victories on Saturday to bring the meet total to five wins for Marshall over the weekend. The 4x100 meter relay team won the first running event on the day. The team of Kametra Byrd, Andrea Chidester, Safiyyah Mitchell, and Hope Julmiste won the relay with a time of 46.19 seconds.
Senior Antonique Butler won the triple jump by over two feet. Her mark of 12.26 meters (40 ft. 2.75 in.) rewarded her with a victory.
Senior Andrea Porter took home the victory in the 3000m run. She won the event by over six seconds, running in a time of 10:16.26.
Herd sophomores led the way in the first discus and hammer throw events of the outdoor season. Hasana Clark finished third in the hammer throw with a mark of 53.09m (174 ft. 2 in.). Elena Marchand finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 46.91m (153 ft. 11 in.).
Freshman Denisha West finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 11.63m (38 ft. 2 in.).
Coming off of her school record breaking performance in the indoor 800m, junior Barkley Castro finished fourth in the 800m run with a time of 2:16.31.
Freshman Christianna Dogan finished sixth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.56.
In her first official race for the Herd, graduate senior Meagen Carter finished fifth in the 3000m run with a time of 10:33.64.
Closing the day, the 4x400m relay team finished third out of 16 schools.
Head coach Jeff Small on the weekend for the Herd
“Alexis Montes broke the school record in the javelin throw and definitely qualified for nationals. That was fantastic. Adriana Cook won the 5000 meter in the second fastest ever 5000 meter time in school history. Andrea Porter won the 3000, the 4x100 meter relay team ran really well, and Antonique Butler won the triple jump. We had a great day and great meet.”
On what Montes record breaking performance means for the program
“It’s great. I think that we can have a barrage of outdoor school records. We got one down, hopefully several more to go.”
On what a week training in Florida means for the program
“It’s a chance to get outside on an outdoor track. It’s great for the 4x100 meter relay team, steeplechasers, 400 meter hurdlers, events like that. It will be great to bond as a team and to get some great training in and see how we do next week. It’s going to be awesome.”
The team heads to Jacksonville, Florida for a week of training over Spring Break leading up to the University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational on Friday. Follow the team on Twitter @HerdTFXC for more from the team all week long. #OneHerd