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@HerdTFXC Records Highest Finish at C-USA Championships Since 2013

Alexis Montes recorded the top individual finish for the Herd in the javelin throw
May 15, 2017

Meet Results (PDF)

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.


(Field Events)

Triple Jump Antonique Butler, 4th (41 feet, 8.75 inches, Five Points in Team Standings), Denisha West, 9th (39 feet, 6.5 inches)



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)

High Jump Sarah Bever, Tied-10th (5 feet, 5.75 inches), Torie Derrow, 19th (5 feet, 3.75 inches)

Shot Put Elena Marchand, 6th (47 feet, 11.75 inches, Three Points in Team Standings), Hasana Clark, 14th (43 feet, 10.75 inches), Ericka Budd, 19th (40 feet, 9 inches)

(Running Events)

4x100 Meter Relay Finals Team of Kametra Byrd, Hope Julmiste, Safiyyah Mitchell, Kayla Haywood, 5th (45.73, Four Points in Team Standings)

100 Meter Hurdles Finals Safiyyah Mitchell, 5th (13.72, Four Points in Team Standings)

5,000 Meter Finals Andrea Porter, 23rd (19:12.72), Meagen Carter, 26th (19:28.54), Taylor Craigo, 31st (20:10.25), Samantha Graffius, 35th (20:35.76)

4x400 Meter Relay Finals Team of Christianna Dogan, Breanna Hargrove, Safiyyah Mitchell, Danere’a White, 4th (3:44.00, Five Points in Team Standings)


(Field Events)

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

(Running Events)

1500 Meter Prelims Taylor Craigo, 17th (4:59.86), Madeline Armstrong, 18th (5:01.17), Meagen Carter, 21st (5:02.18), Samantha Graffius, 22nd (5:06.65)

100 Meter Hurdles Prelims Safiyyah Mitchell, 5th (13.66, Qualified for Sunday Finals), Danielle Wright, 9th (14.09), Hannah Carreon, 15th (14.74)

400 Meter Prelims Danere’a White, 15th (56.26), Breanna Hargrove, 18th (57.39)

100 Meter Prelims Hope Julmiste, 11th (11.78), Kametra Byrd, 13th (11.85), Kayla Haywood, 22nd (12.03)

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)


Heptathlon Torie Derrow, 7th (4919 Points, Two Points in Team Standings), Sarah Bever, 12th (4727 Points)

Hammer Throw Hasana Clark, 8th (177 feet, 6 inches, One Point in Team Standings), Ericka Budd, 16th (155 feet, 11 inches), Mercedes Dowell, 25th (143 feet, 2 inches)



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 and on Twitter @HerdTFXC for more information as soon as it is announced. #OneHerd