Track and Field to Compete at Prestigious Penn Relays
Competition begins Thursday in Philadelphia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall track and field team is set to compete at the tradition-rich Penn Relays, with action starting Thursday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
The Penn Relays, which started in 1895, has the distinction of being the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. The event is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
Marshall heads to the meet after splitting up last weekend for two meets in Virginia. The Herd competed in the James Madison University Invitational in Harrisonburg and the Virginia Challenge, hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
At the Virginia Challenge, freshman Heidi Heiniger led the Herd with a win in the javelin throw. Other top-10 finishes included freshmen Elena Marchand and Hasana Clark who placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the shot put. Junior Antonique Butler finished eighth in the triple jump.
Junior Caitlyn Owings earned a win in the high jump at James Madison. Other top finishes in field events included a second-place finish in the triple jump by sophomore Melany Belot and a third-place finish in the hammer throw by Mercedes Dowell. Freshman Savannah Keffer finished sixth in the javelin throw.
Freshman Whitney McAtee had a solid day with three top-10 finishes. She finished sixth in the shot put, seventh in the discus throw and ninth in the hammer throw. Junior Andrea Porter had the best day for the Herd’s runners, placing third in the 1,500-meter run.
Next up for the Herd is a trip to the Kentucky Relays in Lexington, Ky., next Friday and Saturday. Follow Herd track and field on Twitter, @HerdTFXC.