Three School Records Broken in Busy Weekend for @HerdTFXC
Three broken school records, two victories in split squad weekend
CHERRY BLOSSOM INVITATIONAL: Results
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Three school records were broken during a busy weekend for the Marshall University track and field team.
The team had a split squad over the weekend, with roughly half the team competing in Gainesville, Florida for the Pepsi Florida Relays. The other half traveled north to Athens, Ohio for the Ohio University Cherry Blossom Invitational.
PEPSI FLORIDA RELAYS RESULTS
Saturday in particular was a successful day for Marshall track and field, with three school records going down, all of which were relays.
The first record to go down was the shuttle hurdle relay record. Breaking a record set back in 1998 (of 58.48) was the team of freshman Hannah Carreon, senior Danielle Wright, freshman Torie Derrow, and sophomore Sarah Bever. The team finished in fifth place, and ran in 57.96 seconds.
The 4x800 meter relay team of juniors Barkley Castro and Madeline Armstrong, freshman Mary Zulauf, and senior Andrea Porter was the next team to break a record, running in 9:11.10. The team finished in 11th place.
The distance medley relay team of graduate senior Meagen Carter, junior Breanna Hargrove, sophomore Taylor Craigo, and senior Andrea Porter broke the third record of the day, running in 12:15.71. The team finished in ninth, and broke the previous record set in 2011 by nearly 20 seconds (12:35.10).
Sophomore Elena Marchand recorded the top place finish of the Florida Relays, placing sixth in the shot put with a toss of 14.57 meters (47 feet 9.75 inches).
Senior Antonique Butler finished 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 12.47m (40 ft. 11 in.).
The 4x100 meter relay team missed the school record by under a second, running in 46.01, finishing 25th. The team consisted of seniors Kametra Byrd and Hope Julmiste, sophomore Kayla Haywood, and freshman Safiyyah Mitchell.
In the javelin throw, graduate senior Alexis Montes led the way with a throw of 46.83 meters (153 feet 8 inches), finishing fifth. Sophomore Heidi Heiniger finished 10th with a throw of 42.76m (140 ft. 3 in.).
Sophomore Hasana Clark recorded a 17th place finish in the hammer throw. She threw a top mark of 53.88m (176 feet 9 inches). That mark currently puts her in fifth in Conference USA.
Fellow sophomore Elena Marchand finished 17th in another throwing event, her event being the discus throw. Her top mark was 43.91m (144 feet 1 inch).
CHERRY BLOSSOM INVITATIONAL RESULTS
The Herd picked up two victories in Athens, Ohio. Freshman Denisha West won the triple jump with a mark of 11.19 meters (36 feet 7 inches).
Additionally, junior Andrea Chidester won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.65.
Sophomore Lauren George finished second in the long jump with a jump of 5.32m (17 ft. 5 in.).
In the three separate throwing events, the Herd had three different top finishers. Senior Mercedes Dowell finished third in the hammer throw (47.11 meters—154 feet 7 inches). Freshman Ericka Budd finished fourth in the shot put (12.24m—40 ft. 2 in.). Sophomore Whitney McAtee finished fourth in the discus throw (39.37m—129 ft. 2 in.).
Sophomore Maleah Penn finished fifth in the high jump with a jump of 1.55m (5 ft. 1 in.).
The Herd had six runners compete in the 1500 meter run. Junior Samantha Graffius led the way, finishing sixth with a time of 4:59.62. Finishing 11th-14th consecutively was freshman Abigail Short (5:19.39), senior Amber Govey (5:19.63), Victoria Dent (5:21.65), and Jane Jensen (5:21.77). Freshman Audreana Lewis finished 20th with a time of 5:54.95.
Sophomore Holly Ackerman won her heat and finished sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:36.41.
Assistant coach Caleb Bowen on the weekend
"I think I can speak on behalf on all of the coaches but I think we had a heck of a weekend. At the Florida Relays we broke 3 records that have been standing quite some time. I know personally it's nice to see the 4x800 and DMR records go down by such a large margin and I know Coach [Don] Yentes thinks the same way about the shuttle record.”
On the Cherry Blossom Invitational
“As for Ohio, I think we competed well in the cold and windy conditions. Andrea Chidester and Denisha West both looked great winning their events (100 meter dash and triple jump). On the distance side Samantha Graffius ran an 11 second personal record in the 1500 and Holly Ackerman won her heat of the 800. In the hammer throw, Mercedes [Dowell] had a pretty good day getting 3rd with a 47.11 meter throw and Ericka Budd placed a solid 5th with a 44.80 meter throw. Overall it was a good day and weekend for the Marshall Thundering Herd Track teams.”
After a weekend off, the team next competes in Harrisonburg, Virginia for the James Madison University Invitational on Saturday April 15. Follow the team on Twitter @HerdTFXC for more all season long.