Jan. 14, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky.- The Marshall University track and field team participated in day two of the Kentucky Invitational on Saturday afternoon and witnessed junior All-Conference USA member Vanessa Jules produce some early-season magic in the process.
The Silver Springs, Md., native produced a top-5 display in the women's high jump, tying her own school record with a 5-09.25 score that was good enough for fourth place in a field of 20 competitors. Jules then showed off her athletic prowess yet again by finishing fifth in the 60m hurdles, narrowly missing the Marshall record of 8.58 with a time of 8.65.
In the triple jump, Crystal Walker finished with a score of 38-8.75 that was good enough for seventh place. Other Thundering Herd triple jumpers Rachel Coaxum and Loren Dyer finished in 11th and 12th with respective scores of 35-10.50 and 34-10.25.
Delkira Maybin and Alanna Dawkins competed in the 60m dash and both finished in the top-10 with scores of 7.81 and 7.90. For the freshman, Dawkins, it was a chance to establish a personal record in just her second meet with the Herd team.
Dawkins and fellow freshman Loren Dyer then competed in the 400m dash and set early-season, personal records of 59.74 and 1:00.59. Two other freshmen, Zoe and Celia Leonard, also got their first taste of track and field action as they finished the 800m run with times of 2:26.47 and 2:33.41.
Delkira Maybin, Hadassah Lynch, Kearra Haynes, and Crystal Walker then capped the event off for Marshall by finishing in the top-20 of the 200m dash. The four finished in 14th, 15th, 18th, and 20th place respectively, and the freshman, Haynes, set a new personal record of 25.90 by besting her previous 200m time of 27.27.
"It was an awesome job by the entire team," said Coach Small following the game. "Congrats to Vanessa Jules on tying her own school record in the high jump and for coming close to the 60m hurdles record as well. It definitely looks like the team did its homework by training hard over the break."
The Herd will now return home to train for several days before heading out to Indiana University for the Gladstein Invitational next Friday in Bloomington.