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Track and Field to Start Season at Oiler Open

Barnhart will open the 2011-12 season for Marshall

Dec. 1, 2011

FINDLAY, Ohio- The Marshall University Track and Field team will begin its season this Friday and Saturday at the Oiler Open hosted by the University of Findlay.

Two of Marshall’s All-Conference USA performers will be in action at the event, as Vanessa Jules and Jasia Richardson will look to continue last season’s success with a strong start to the 2011-2012 campaign.

The action begins for the Thundering Herd at 7:15 p.m. on Friday night with Elizabeth Barnhart and Courtney Hughes in the weight throw competition, and will resume at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday with the jumping events. The 4x400 relay team will then draw an end to the opener on Saturday evening with its event at 5:00 p.m.

Vanessa Jules will start the Herd off on Saturday morning as the top-seed in the high jump event at 11:30 a.m. At the same time, Amber Pierson, a five seed, and Jasia Richardson, a seven seed, will represent Marshall as top-10 seeds in the long jump competition.

Following the jumps, the Herd will move into the 60m hurdle and triple jump events at 1:15 p.m. Richardson is the top-seed in the triple jump, while Jules is the three seed for the 60m hurdles.

At 1:40 p.m. the field will see the first of Delkira Maybin, who is the two seed in the 60m dash. Maybin, who holds the school record in both the 60 and 200m dashes, will also serve as the Herd’s highest seed – at number five – in the 200m dash later that day at 4:05 p.m.

Elsewhere, Vanessa Jules will enter the 300m dash as the top seed at 3:45 p.m., while Hadassah Lynch takes a number seven seed to the 400m dash at 2:50 p.m.



The Herd’s record-setting 4x400 relay team will begin its season at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday when it takes to the track as the top-seed in the event. All four athletes – Vanessa Jules, Brittany Carey, Amber Pierson, and Hadassah Lynch – from last year’s record-setting team will return, and will all be looking to further solidify their crew as one of the best in the region.

All events will take place indoors at the Malcolm Athletic Center on the University of Findlay campus. For a complete performance list and times for this weekend’s events, please click here.