Border Battle Hits Track, Field on Saturday


Kelley Mortakis competed in the steeplechase last season at Ohio.

Kelley Mortakis competed in the steeplechase last season at Ohio.

April 4, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall will look for a win over Ohio for the second consecutive season when its track and field team competes at the Ohio Team Challenge on Saturday in Athens, Ohio.

The rare head-to-head format was won last year by the Thundering Herd 106-82, having won 15 of the 23 events. Competition on Saturday begins at noon and is expected to wrap up by 5:30.

It has been nearly two weeks since Marshall last competed, the majority of the squad taking part in the Florida State Relays on March 22 and a few others on March 23.

Crystal Walker shined the brightest during the rain-shortened meet, with a school-record leap in the long jump. Her mark of 6.27 meters won the event and is currently the top mark in Conference USA and the eighth-best in the nation. Amber Pierson's mark of 5.75 meters in the long jump ranks as the seventh-best mark in C-USA.

Jasia Richardson also competed in the long jump at the FSU Relays with a mark of 5.26 meters, but her main event is the triple jump where she finished third then with a jump of 12.39 meters. That mark is the second-best in C-USA.

Vanessa Jules still leads the conference with a high jump mark of 1.78 meters (5-feet 10 inches) which obtained at the Bulls Invitational on March 15.

On the running side of the team, Kelley Mortakis has posted team-best marks of 10:25.40 in the 3,000 meters and 18:16.26 in the 5,000 meters. Shanice Johnson leads the team in the 400 meters with a time of 56.60 and in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.08.

The Amanda's have paced the Marshall throws with Amanda Kennedy posting a season-best javelin mark of 42.95 meters and Amanda Hottenstein leading the Herd in the shot put with 12.48 meters. Hottenstein also has a team-best in the hammer throw with 46.24 meters.