@HerdTFXC Records Highest Finish at C-USA Championships Since 2013
Montes takes runner-up in javelin throw
EL PASO, Tx.—The Marshall track and field team completed its season on a high note Sunday at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by UTEP.
As a team, the Herd finished in seventh place with 43 points. This was the second highest finish ever for the team in both standings and points at the outdoor conference championships. The top finish ever was set in 2013 when Marshall finished fifth with 63 points. However, 2013 featured only 12 schools as opposed to 13 schools this year.
Over the course of the four-day meet, the Herd registered eight top-five finishes. The top individual finish came from graduate senior Alexis Montes in the javelin throw, as she finished runner-up with a throw of 154 feet, 3 inches (47.02 meters).
Freshman Safiyyah Mitchell was the only runner to qualify for a Sunday final based on Saturday’s preliminary results. She finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles finals with a time of 13.72.
A full list of Marshall athletes who competed at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and their results are listed below.
Javelin Throw Alexis Montes, 2nd (154 feet, 3 inches, Eight Points in Team Standings), Heidi Heiniger, 5th (139 feet, 6 inches, Four Points in Team Standings), Torie Derrow, 8th (120 feet, 6 inches, One Point in Team Standings)
100 Meter Hurdles Finals Safiyyah Mitchell, 5th (13.72, Four Points in Team Standings)
Discus Throw Elena Marchand, 4th (157 feet, 11 inches, Five Points in Team Standings)
Long Jump Lauren George, Was not able to record a legal jump, fouled out
800 Meter Prelims Barkley Castro, 12th (2:16.93)
400 Meter Hurdles Prelims Christianna Dogan, 12th (1:02.96)
200 Meter Prelims Andrea Chidester, 27th (25.28)
3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals Andrea Porter, 8th (11:29.76, One Point in Team Standings)
Head Coach Jeff Small on the meet
“Our kids had 24 lifetime best performances. Everywhere you look the kids placed higher than they were seeded. Two examples; our 4x400 meter relay was seeded 10th and finished fourth and our 4x100 meter relay was seeded eighth and placed fifth.”
Small on the team and looking ahead
“We have had a strong recruiting year with 60 percent of our points being scored by our freshman and sophomores; the future looks bright. However, we will miss the eight seniors that we had on this trip.”
The team will hope to send athletes to the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Track and Field Championships beginning May 25 in Lexington, Kentucky. Athletes may qualify based on marks set anytime during the outdoor season. Stay tuned to HerdZone.com and on Twitter @HerdTFXC for more information as soon as it is announced. #OneHerd