Track and Field to Compete in Penn Relays
Herd Heads North for Historic Meet
April 25, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- The Marshall University track and field team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., this week to take part in the famous Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
Currently the largest and longest-running track and field competition in the United States, the Penn Relays attracts more than 15,000 high school, collegiate, and Olympic athletes to its famous grounds for a five day spectacle of track and field competition. Such famous athletes as Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt have all plied their trade at the relays, which will welcome the Thundering Herd to its meet from Thursday to Saturday.
Ten Marshall athletes will compete throughout three days of the event, beginning with Vanessa Jules in the high jump at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. The Silver Springs, Md., native is ranked No. 25 in the nation for the high jump and set the school record in the event with a 5-10.00 leap earlier this season. Another one of Marshall’s top athletes, school record-holder Amanda Kennedy, will compete in the college championship section of the javelin throw at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Brittany Carey, Hadassah Lynch, Crystal Walker, and Delkira Maybin will then run in the preliminary heat of the 4x100m relay at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, before Crystal Walker and Elaine Derricott compete in their respective college and eastern sections of the long jump at 4:00 p.m. Amber Pierson, Vanessa Jules, Loren Dyer, and Hadassah Lynch will then run in the prelims of the 4x400m relay at 5:45 p.m. to conclude the opening day for Marshall.
The Herd will resume action on Friday when No. 29 ranked triple jumper Jasia Richardson competes in the college section of the triple jump at 10:00 a.m. Marshall will then run the final heat of the 4x100m relay at 1:10 a.m. before Brittany Carey, Kearra Haynes, Vanessa Jules, and Delkira Maybin run the preliminary heat of the 4x200m relay at 2:10 p.m.
Marshall will complete its participation in the meet with the final heat of the 4x400m relay on Saturday at 5:35 p.m. For a complete schedule of Marshall events please click the link below, and be sure to visit the Penn Relays home page for all information pertaining to the historic meet.