April 21, 2012
RICHMOND, Ky.- The Marshall University track and field team moved one meet closer to the Conference USA Championships on Friday, completing the EKU Open while setting several personal bests in the process.
The meet ran into the late hours of the night at Eastern Kentucky’s Tom Samuels Track, as several ladies on the Thundering Herd team continued to show signs of improvement. Junior javelin thrower Amanda Kennedy was one of those athletes, placing first in the javelin for the second meet in a row with a throw of 43.40m.
Junior Vanessa Jules also continued to show improvement as she prepared for the heptathlon by taking throws in the javelin and shot put events. The Silver Springs, Md., native threw for 10.03m in the shot put and 22.98m in the javelin to set personal records in both events.
An’Drea Gaither also showed progress as she continues to recover from an injury that forced her to miss all of the indoor season. The freshman sprinter set a personal best in the 200m with a time of 26.20 and narrowly missed out on setting a personal record in the 100m for the second meet running with a 12.54 finish. Another freshman, Kearra Haynes, also put in a solid performance by running a 56 second split in the 4x400m relay as Marshall placed second with an overall time of 3:55.04.
“It was a nice day for the ladies,” said head coach Jeff Small. “We didn’t run a full schedule of events, but wanted to get in a nice tune-up before heading to the Penn Relays on Wednesday.”
The Herd will now return to Huntington for the early part of the week before it heads to the Penn Relays in Philadelphis, Pa., in midweek. The Penn Relays will be Marshall’s second-to-last meet before it heads to the C-USA Championships on May 11.