Track team heads outdoors

“Stay tuned because Marshall is going to make history.” -Sprinter Shanice Johnson

Marshall University’s track and field team will compete at its second outdoor meet of the spring season Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina.

Last weekend, the Herd competed in the Bulls Invitational on South Florida University’s campus in Tampa.

Junior hurdler Asia Bange won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.13.

Senior sprinter and jumper Loren Dyer won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.21.

Freshman Breanna Hargrove placed sixth in the 400-meter dash at the Bulls Invitational.

The Bulls Invitational was Hargrove’s first outdoor college meet.

“I have a lot of improvements to make, but as far as everything goes, I’m really excited with my time,” Hargrove said. “I’m starting was better than where I started last year around this time, so I’m looking forward to a good season.”

Hargrove said she is running the sprint medley for the first time this weekend and is excited to run a different race.

Assistant coach Don Yentes said the team went through four weeks of specialized training to prepare for outdoor season after wrapping up indoor season at NCAA nationals March 13-14.

“We try to run, to peak them for the conference meet, now we’re just trying to build again, so we’re trying to build on what we just did,” Yentes said.

In February, the Herd placed 11th out of 13 teams in the C-USA Indoor Championships with three individual third-place finishes.

Junior sprinter Shanice Johnson said she is looking forward to running the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay this weekend.

“I keep on getting records and improving every outdoor season,” Johnson said. “So I’m hoping for this to be a great outdoor season for me.”

This season is the first time the Herd has competed at the Raleigh Relays since 2003.

Johnson said the Herd will compete against 70 other teams.

“We should get the records and the places that we want there,” Johnson said. “Stay tuned because Marshall is going to make history.”

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