Herd track and field wins Marshall Invitational
HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s track and field athletes felt right at home in the friendly confines of Chris Cline Indoor Athletic Complex on Saturday.
The Thundering Herd won the Qdoba Marshall Invitational in resounding fashion, topping second-place Eastern Kentucky by 80 points.
“We felt like it was a really fun meet overall,” Marshall assistant coach Caleb Bowen said. “It was smaller, but ultimately, more competitive.”
Marshall finished the event with 187 points, compared to 107 for the Colonels and 94 for Wright State, who finished third.
The morning got off to a strong start in field events with senior Elena Marchand setting the tone in shot put. Marchand took first place honors with a throw of 14.31 meters, topping teammate Hasana Clark, who placed second. Freshman MaryAnn Adebayo also was fifth in the event.
Marshall also had three topfive finishers in the long jump with senior Lauren George placing second while teammates Sarah Bever and Josie Raines were fourth and fifth respectively.
In the high jump, Torie Derrow placed second while the triple jump saw Denisha West and Takira Williams take third and fourth respectively.
In track events, Safiyyah Mitchell set her best time in the 60-meter hurdles prelims at 8.46 seconds — a mark that ranks second in Conference USA. Mitchell went on to win the 60-meter hurdles final with teammate Taylor Robinson finishing second. Three Marshall runners won their heats in the 60-meter hurdles: Mitchell, Robinson and Hanna Carreon.
Marshall also won the 60-meter dash with Kayla Haywood winning in a time of 7.70 seconds. Teammate Talor Wilkerson finished third at 7.90. Both won their heats, as well.
In the 200-meter, Marshall had four of its athletes finish in the top five out of a race that had 19 competitors. Brandy Elysee won the event while Haywood finished second. Wilkerson was fourth and Danere’a White was fifth.
In the 400-meter run, Ashonti Warner finished and normal distance runner Alyssa Long finished seventh.
BLACKBURG, Va. — Marshall’s tennis program dropped a 7-0 decision to Virginia Tech at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va. on Sunday.
It was Marshall’s fourth-consecutive loss. The team is now 2-5 on the season.
The doubles point set the tone as Marshall fell for the fourthstraight match and sixth time in seven matches in doubles competition.
Four of Marshall’s six losses in singles play came in straight sets.
In No. 3 singles, Marshall’s Daniela Dakanych forced a tiebreaker after earning a 6-4 win in the second set against Virginia Tech’s Nina Sorkin, but Sorkin got the win, 10-5, in the tiebreaker.
At No. 5 singles, Marshall’s Liz Stefancic started strong with a 7-6 win in the first set, but Virginia Tech’s Elizabet Danailova rallied for a 6-1 win in the second set and finished out the comeback win with a 10-6 victory.