April 12, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Coming off a win over Ohio and West Virginia last weekend, the Marshall track and field team will compete at the Hilltopper Relays, most of the events happening on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky.
The competition begins Friday with just one event, the hammer throw, taking place at 5 p.m. ET with Amanda Hottenstein, Bethany Drury and Carrie Corriell competing for Marshall. The remaining events occur on Saturday beginning with the discus at 10 a.m. Running events will begin at 1 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relay and are expected to be completed around 6 p.m. with the 4x400 meter relay.
At least 15 schools will be in competition at the Charles M. Ruter Track Complex, hosted by future Conference USA member Western Kentucky, including Central Michigan, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois, IUPUI, Grand Valley State, Birmingham Southern, Murray State, Kentucky State and Campbellsville.
The Thundering Herd is led by the trio of Vanessa Jules, Jasia Richardson and Crystal Walker, all of which are close to qualifying for the NCAA first-round, held May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C. The goal is to be in the top 48 of the East region. Jules top high jump mark of 1.78m (5-10) ranks 16th in the region, Richardson's triple jump mark of 12.39m (40-8 ¾) ranks 29th in the region and Walker's school-record long jump of 6.27m (20-7) ranks fourth.
Senior Amanda Kennedy's mark of 42.95m (140-11) in the javelin ranks 42nd in the region and Marshall's 4x100 meter relay, which had a time of 45.97 at the Bulls Invitational ranks 46th.
All of the previously mentioned student-athletes will compete in their respective events this weekend.
Check back at HerdZone.com on Saturday for complete results of the Hilltopper Relays.