Several Individuals Shine for Marshall at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track Championships
Buffalo, N.Y. - Marshall University hurdler B.J. Epps became the first Thundering Herd athlete to ever win a Mid-American Conference outdoor track championship when he captured the 400-meter intermediate hurdles title at the MAC outdoor track & field championships in Buffalo, Saturday.
Epps, a senior from Rock Hill, South Carolina, ran the 400-m int.-hurdles in 51.51 seconds to edge Toledo's Paul Sehuze, the second-place finisher, by .37 seconds. Epps also recorded a time of 14.30 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles to finish fourth in that event. Ron Andrews of Kent State won the event in 13.79 seconds.
Epps joins junior James Kneeland and senior Tara Lee as the only Marshall athletes to have won MAC track titles since the Herd re-joined the conference in 1997. Kneeland won the MAC indoor 800m title this year, while Lee captured the league's indoor 60m hurdles title in 1998. Kneeland and Lee did not participate in this year's outdoor championships due to injury.
Josh Bradford, David Lyle and Andrew Burchfield where the only other Marshall athletes to score points in the championships. Bradford, a junior from Nitro, W.Va., recorded a pole vault of 14 feet, 11 inches to finish fourth in that event. Kent State's Ryan Studer won the event with a vault of 15 feet, nine inches.
Lyle, a senior from Poca, W.Va., placed seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.08, less than two seconds behind Central Michigan's Tom Kessel who won the event in a time of 1:51.42. Burchfield, a sophomore, finished seventh in the discus with a mark of 150'10.00." Kent State's Nathan Fanger took top honors in that event with a throw of 184'05.00."
Marshall's women's team, suffering from several key injuries, failed to score a point at the meet. Freshman April Craver (41'06.50") and Sophomore Alicia Cain (40'00.75") just missed the Top-10 in the shot put. Beth Oburba of Kent State captured that event with a mark of 45'06.50.
Complete 2000 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field results are available on-line at www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu/track.