Olympic Sports

Herd Track records best finish at C-USA Championships since 2013


EL PASO, Tx.—The Marshall track and field team completed its season on a high note Sunday at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by UTEP.

As a team, the Herd finished in seventh place with 43 points. This was the second highest finish ever for the team in both standings and points at the outdoor conference championships. The top finish ever was set in 2013 when Marshall finished fifth with 63 points. However, 2013 featured only 12 schools as opposed to 13 schools this year.

“Our kids had 24 lifetimes best performances,” Herd head coach Jeff Small said. “Everywhere you look the kids placed higher than they were seeded. Two examples; our 4×400 meter relay was seeded 10th and finished fourth and our 4×100 meter relay was seeded eighth and placed fifth.

“We have had a strong recruiting year with 60 percent of our points being scored by our freshman and sophomores; the future looks bright. However, we will miss the eight seniors that we had on this trip.”

Over the course of the four-day meet, the Herd registered eight top-five finishes. The top individual finish came from graduate senior Alexis Montes in the javelin throw, as she finished runner-up with a throw of 154 feet, 3 inches (47.02 meters).

Freshman Safiyyah Mitchell was the only runner to qualify for a Sunday final based on Saturday’s preliminary results. She finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles finals with a time of 13.72.

A full list of Marshall athletes who competed at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and their results are listed below.


Field Events

Triple Jump Antonique Butler, 4th (41 feet, 8.75 inches, Five Points in Team Standings), Denisha West, 9th (39 feet, 6.5 inches)

MUTRK 2016 Antonique Butler-2

Antonique Butler finished fourth in the triple jump by jumping 41-feet, 8.75-inches at the C-USA Championships last weekend. (HI file photo)

Javelin Throw Alexis Montes, 2nd (154 feet, 3 inches, Eight Points in Team Standings), Heidi Heiniger, 5th (139 feet, 6 inches, Four Points in Team Standings), Torie Derrow, 8th (120 feet, 6 inches, One Point in Team Standings)

MUTRK 2017 Alexis Montes

Alexis Montes had the Herd’s best finish, a second in the javelin, with a throw of 154-feet, 3-inches, at the C-USA Championships on Saturday. (courtesy Marshall Athletics)

High Jump Sarah Bever, Tied-10th (5 feet, 5.75 inches), Torie Derrow, 19th (5 feet, 3.75 inches)

Shot Put Elena Marchand, 6th (47 feet, 11.75 inches, Three Points in Team Standings), Hasana Clark, 14th (43 feet, 10.75 inches), Ericka Budd, 19th (40 feet, 9 inches)

Running Events

4×100 Meter Relay Finals Team of Kametra Byrd, Hope Julmiste, Safiyyah Mitchell, Kayla Haywood, 5th (45.73, Four Points in Team Standings)

MUTRK 2017 MU Invitational Jan. 27-28, hurdlers Safiyyah Mitchell (left) and Danielle Wright

Safiyyah Mitchell  (on the left in this photo) placed in the hurdles for the Herd on Saturday at the C-USA Meet, running fifth with a 13.72 clock. (HI file photo)

100 Meter Hurdles Finals Safiyyah Mitchell, 5th (13.72, Four Points in Team Standings)

5,000 Meter Finals Andrea Porter, 23rd (19:12.72), Meagen Carter, 26th (19:28.54), Taylor Craigo, 31st (20:10.25), Samantha Graffius, 35th (20:35.76)

4×400 Meter Relay Finals Team of Christianna Dogan, Breanna Hargrove, Safiyyah Mitchell, Danere’a White, 4th (3:44.00, Five Points in Team Standings)


Field Events

MUTRK 2017 MU Invitational Jan. 27-28, thrower Elena Marchand

Elena Marchand picked up points for the Herd in the discus with a fourth place finish at 157-feet, 11-inches in the Conference USA Championships. (HI file photo)

Discus Throw Elena Marchand, 4th (157 feet, 11 inches, Five Points in Team Standings)

Long Jump Lauren George, Was not able to record a legal jump, fouled out

Running Events

1500 Meter Prelims Taylor Craigo, 17th (4:59.86), Madeline Armstrong, 18th (5:01.17), Meagen Carter, 21st (5:02.18), Samantha Graffius, 22nd (5:06.65)

100 Meter Hurdles Prelims Safiyyah Mitchell, 5th (13.66, Qualified forSunday Finals), Danielle Wright, 9th (14.09), Hannah Carreon, 15th (14.74)

400 Meter Prelims Danere’a White, 15th (56.26), Breanna Hargrove, 18th (57.39)

100 Meter Prelims Hope Julmiste, 11th (11.78), Kametra Byrd, 13th (11.85), Kayla Haywood, 22nd (12.03)

800 Meter Prelims Barkley Castro, 12th (2:16.93)

400 Meter Hurdles Prelims Christianna Dogan, 12th (1:02.96)

200 Meter Prelims Andrea Chidester, 27th (25.28)

3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals Andrea Porter, 8th (11:29.76, One Point in Team Standings)


MUTRK 2017 MU Invitational Jan. 27-28, jumper Torie Derrow

Torie Derrow, here high jumping, finished seventh in the Heptathlon for the Herd, finishing with 4,919 points. (HI file photo

Heptathlon Torie Derrow, 7th (4919 Points, Two Points in Team Standings), Sarah Bever, 12th (4727 Points)

Hammer Throw Hasana Clark, 8th (177 feet, 6 inches, One Point in Team Standings), Ericka Budd, 16th (155 feet, 11 inches), Mercedes Dowell, 25th (143 feet, 2 inches)

The team will hope to send athletes to the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Track and Field Championships beginning May 25 in Lexington, Kentucky. Athletes may qualify based on marks set anytime during the outdoor season. Stay tuned to HerdZone.com and on Twitter @HerdTFXC for more information as soon as it is announced.

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