April 19, 2015
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Marshall track and field team was in two places at once this weekend, but that didn't stop the squad from posting impressive marks and breaking school records.
Marshall sprinter Isatu Fofanah broke the school record in the 100 and 200 meter sprints at the Virginia Challenge, held on the campus of the University of Virginia. She won the 100 in a time of 11.57 seconds, bettering her previous school-record mark of 11.80 that she set last weekend at WKU. She then finished seventh in the 200 in a time of 23.80 seconds, topping Vanessa Jules's record of 24.26 set during the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Also competing in the Virginia Challenge was Catika Slay, who took fourth in the 200 meter heptathlon in a time of 24.99 seconds. She also posted a 10th-place finish in the shot put event of the heptathlon in 10.65 meters and a 12th-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles heptathlon in 15.11 seconds. Shanice Johnson took 23rd in the 400 meters in 57.03 seconds.
The rest of the team competed at the JMU Invite and Alexandria Phares, Loren Dyer and Antonique Butler led an effort that resulted in a third-place team finish with 137.5 points. Phares won the 5,000 meter run in a time of 18:09.81, Dyer won the 400 meter hurdles in 1:01.25 and Butler won the triple jump with a mark of 12.45 meters.
The 4x100 meter relay team of Kearra Haynes, Naja Greer, Hope Julmiste and Andrea Gaither finished second in a time of 48.14 seconds.
Greer notched a third-place finish in the 200 meter dash in 25.23 seconds and Julmiste also finished third in the 100 meter dash in a time of 12.48 seconds. Caitlyn Owings posted a third-place finish with a high jump of 1.55 meters and Butler also finished third in the long jump (5.22 meters). Mercedes Dowell joined the third-place party with a discus throw of 34.23 meters, but also finished second in the hammer throw (42.80 meters).
Andrea Porter's fourth-place time of 4:47.61 in the 1500 meters paced the team and Celia Leonard also placed fourth in the 3000 meter run (11:25.99) as did Danielle Wright in the 100 meter hurdles (14.81 seconds) and Amber Govey in the 3000 meter steeplechase (12:26.34).
Shyra Moulton was Marshall's top competitor in the 400 meter dash, completing the race in 58.58 seconds for fifth place.
Lexie McEntire led the Thundering Herd in the 800 meter run (2:18.58) with a 10th-place mark.
The team is in action at the Penn Relays next weekend.