Herd Track Unveils 2012-13 Newcomers


Walker was one of several newcomers to make an impact last year

Walker was one of several newcomers to make an impact last year

Sept. 2, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Thundering Herd track and field team made several notable improvements last season, both in the Conference USA Championships and the Marshall track and field record books. With multiple new records set, and the Herd improving upon its last place finishes from 2010-11, the 2011-12 season showed signs that Marshall track and field is making strides in the right direction.

Last season’s newcomers played a part in that progress, as Loren Dyer became a member of the record-setting outdoor 4x400m relay team, and transfer Crystal Walker leapt to three vital points for the Herd in the triple jump at the C-USA Indoor Championships. This season’s freshman class, highlighted below, is looking to help Marshall make even more progress on the conference and national scenes. With the announcement that an indoor track and field complex will be forthcoming, and with the contributions this new class of “She Herd” runners is expected to make, the future looks bright for the Thundering Herd track and field program.

2012-13 Newcomers

Shyra MolttonAshland, VA (Patrick Henry HS)

Personal Bests: 100m – 12.0; 200m – 24.2; 60m – 7.60

             Ranked 13th in the U.S. & 3rd in the state of Virginia in the 60m

Ranked 30th in the U.S. & 1st in the state of Virginia in the 200m

4x National Qualifier, 14x State Qualifier, 6x Regional Champion, 5x District Champion

“Shyra is a very explosive runner. She will make an immediate impact in our sprint group.  She is a hard worker, who comes from a good background in Virginia.  We are excited to see the things Shyra does upon arrival.” – Coach Johnson

Asia BangeColumbus, OH (Walnut Ridge HS)

Personal Bests: 60H – 9.0; 100H – 14.17; 300H – 44.47

             Ranked 39th in the U.S. & 6th in the state of Ohio in the 60H

             Ranked 42nd in the U.S. & 5th in the state of Ohio in the 100H

2012 Ohio State Champion - 100 meter hurdles, 5x State Qualifier

Asia is a raw talent that flew under the radar throughout her entire senior season.  She stepped up big for her team at the state meet, and we look for her to step in and challenge the conference to be a scorer in the short hurdles.” – Coach Johnson

Shanice JohnsonFranklin Square, NY (Valley Stream North HS)

Personal Bests:100m – 12.17; 200m – 24.67; 300m – 40.7; 400m – 57.55

             Ranked 40th in the U.S. & 11th in the state New York in the 300m

             Ranked 11th in the 100m & 4th in the 200m in the state of New York

2012 National Qualifier, 7x State Qualifier, 2x State Section Champion, 2x County Champion

“Shanice is a unique athlete.  She has the body make up of a 400 runner, yet she is a short sprinter that has her best days in front of her.  She is the complete sprinter which every sprint coach loves to have.” – Coach Johnson

Catika SlayDouglasville, GA (Alexander HS)

Personal Bests: 100H – 15.44; LJ – 18’8; SH – 36; 800m – 2:30

20x National Qualifier, 3x State Qualifier

“Tika is a wonderful athlete.  It is not often that you find a young lady who is well groomed in the Multi Events, she has competed in the Pent & Hep multiple times, so she is well groomed the mental aspect of the Multi’s which is the hardest part of that event.  She has the toughness that she will be able to compete in other events for us also.” – Coach Johnson

Bethany DrurySt. Albans, WV (St. Albans HS)

Personal Bests: SH – 42’5; Discus – 128’

             Ranked 1st in Shot & 2nd in the Discus in the state of West Virginia

2012 West Virginia State Champion in the shot put and discus

Bethany has the potential to be the next great thrower at Marshall.” – Coach Small

Alex PharesMorgantown, WV (University HS)

Personal Bests: 800m – 2:33; 1600 – 5:23

             Ranked 3rd in the 1500m & 20th in the 800m in the state of West Virginia

“Alex improved greatly her last year in high school.  If this improvement continues over the next couple years, she will really help both cross country and track and field teams.” – Coach Small

Isabelle RognerLewisburg, WV (Greenbriar East HS)

Personal Best: PV – 9’6

             Ranked 6th in the Pole Vault in the state of West Virginia

“Isabelle is a bright young lady. She is the first pole vaulter here at Marshall in a long time, so she brings a sense of history to the program.” – Coach Johnson

Carrie CoriellLucasville, OH (Valley HS)

Personal Best: Discus – 122’

“Carrie will improve our depth in all of the throwing events.” – Coach Small