April 14, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Marshall University track and field team looked in top form on Saturday afternoon, winning six events, setting 11 personal bests, and breaking two school records as it participated in the Hilltopper Relays at Western Kentucky University.
Taking place at WKU’s Charles M. Ruter Track and Field Complex, the meet welcomed 12 teams to Bowling Green as some of the top athletes in the region were on hand to display their athletic prowess. One such performer was Marshall junior Vanessa Jules, who once again proved herself a force to be reckoned with as she broke the school record in the 100m hurdles, won the high jump and 4x100m relay, and helped contribute to the team’s record-breaking 4x400m relay performance.
Jules stole the stage with a first-place, 100m hurdle time of 13.80 that bested Breanna Jones’ prior Marshall record by .17 seconds, and then teamed up with 4x400m relay teammates Amber Pierson, Hadassah Lynch, and Loren Dyer to post an improved school-record time of 3:45.21.
Triple jumper Jasia Richardson was also in top-form, winning the triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 42’-2 ¾’’ that would have been a school record if not for the wind. She also posted a non-aided score of 41’-10’’ that should see her qualify for nationals.
Junior javelin thrower Amanda Kennedy, who broke the school record last weekend at the Ohio Team Challenge, once again posted a solid mark, winning the javelin event with a throw of 138’-8’’. Kearra Haynes, Vanessa Jules, Delkira Maybin, and Hadassah Lynch won the 4x100m relay, while Brittany Carey, Elaine Derricott, Kearra Haynes, Delkira Maybin, Amber Pierson, Andrea Gaither, and Crystal Walker all posted personal bests in their respective events.
“We had great performances not only from Vanessa, Amanda, and Jasia, but from several of our other girls as well,” said head coach Jeff Small. “The outlook for the rest of the season looks great.”
Marshall will now await the start of the EKU Open, which is scheduled to take place next Friday in Richmond, Ky.