April 12, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Marshall triple jumper Jasia Richardson set a new school record and the top mark in the country this season with a leap of 13.56 meters at the Hilltopper Relays Saturday on the campus of Western Kentucky University. The mark broke her own school record by more than two feet (0.56 meters), which was set at last year's Hilltopper Relays (12.92 meters).
LaQue Moen-Davis of Texas A&M had the nation's second-longest jump entering the weekend, with a leap of 13.21 meters in the Texas Relays on March 26.
"Jasia has worked really hard over the past couple of years to get to where she is today," said Herd coach Jeff Small. "We are really proud and excited for her but it is just the beginning of more great things to come from this young lady.
"I thought our women and men really competed well today and took advantage of the great weather conditions to post some good performances," Small said.
Richardson said, "Thank you Father...now let's to go Eugene!" following the meet. Eugene, Oregon is the host of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from June 11-14.
Richardson wasn't the only competitor to take first as the quartet of Tianya Hankerson, Elaine Derricott, Loren Dyer and Shanice Johnson won the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 3:50.79.
Jack Whitney led Marshall's men's cross country contingent, winning the 5000 meters in a time of 15:36.04, while William Shaffer earned the victory in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:36.93. Saturday's competition was the first time Shaffer had ever competed in the event. William Hayes placed second in the 1500 with a time of 4:04.31, a time that was a lifetime best by 21 seconds.
Back on the women's side, Caitlyn Owings
tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 1.66 meters, while Asia Bange
took second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.05 seconds.
The 4x100 meter relay team of Kametra Byrd, Johnson, Derricott and Shyra Moulton finished third in a time of 46.18 seconds.
Posting fourth-place finishes were Catika Slay in the long jump (6.00 meters), Lauren Bartoldson in the 5000 meters (19:10.91), Byrd in the 100 meter dash (11.91 seconds) and Johnson in the 200 meter dash (24.32 seconds). The 11.91 mark by Byrd missed Carmisa Morris's 2006 school record by .01 seconds. Johnson's time of 24.32 was .06 shy of the school record set last year by Vanessa Jules.
Andrea Porter took seventh in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:58.25 and Isabelle Rogner did so as well in the javelin with a throw of 21.52 meters.
Dyer placed eighth in the 400 meter hurdles with a 1:05.85 mark.
Whitney Lewis's 11th-place finish in the 800 meter run (2:33.42) and the 15th-place finish by Mercedes Dowell in the discus (30.73 meters) rounded out the Herd leaders.
Marshall will be back in action Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Relays in Lexington, Ky.
Full Marshall Results
15. Mercedes Dowell, 30.73 meters
4. Catika Slay, 6.00 meters
12. Elaine Derricott, 5.45
16. Shanice Johnson, 5.25
T-2. Caitlyn Owings, 1.66 meters
T-8. Catika Slay, 1.56
5000 Meter Run
4. Lauren Bartoldson, 19:10.91
7. Sammantha Stroker, 19:49.87
4x100 Meter Relay
3. Kametra Byrd, Shanice Johnson, Elaine Derricott, Shyra Moulton, 46.18
1500 Meter Run
7. Andrea Porter, 4:58:25
9. Alexandria Phares, 5:08.04
100 Meter Hurdles
2. Asia Bange, 14.05 seconds
4. Elaine Derricott, 14.19
100 Meter Dash
4. Kametra Byrd, 11.91 seconds
8. Hope Julmiste, 12.04
16. Andrea Gaither, 12.44
18. Moriah Njoku, 12.49
800 Meter Run
11. Whitney Lewis, 2:33.42
15. Isabelle Rogner, 2:38.32
400 Meter Hurdles
8. Loren Dyer, 1:05.85
200 Meter Dash
4. Shanice Johnson, 24.32 seconds
5. Kametra Byrd, 24.34
20. Hope Julmiste, 25.48
22. Tianya Hankerson, 25.52
24. Andrea Gaither, 25.65
25. Moriah Njoku, 25.83
4x400 Meter Relay
1. Tianya Hankerson, Elaine Derricott, Loren Dyer, Shanice Johnson, 3:50.79
7. Isabelle Rogner, 21.52 meters
10. Caitlyn Owings, 19.72
1. Jasia Richardson, 13.56 meters (School record, tops nationally in 2014)
9. Antonique Butler, 11.72