Herd track and field hosts second annual Thundering Herd Invitational

The Marshall University track and field team will continue its 2015-2016 indoor season Friday when it welcomes 19 Division I schools to the Chris Cline Athletic Complex for the second annual Thundering Herd Invitational.

Due to the recent snowstorm, Marshall’s most recently scheduled meet at Virginia Tech was canceled. Friday’s meet will be the first for the Herd since the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington Jan. 16.

This will be the Herd’s second home meet of the season after winning the Marshall Opener against Ohio University and Radford University Dec. 3.

Three school records were broken at the Marshall Opener by Elisabeth Paulina who set the school, meet and facility record in the 600-meter run.

Senior Shanice Johnson broke her own school record and also set a meet and facility record in the 300-meter dash.

Freshmen Allie Perry broke the school record in the pole vault as well.

Johnson said she was excited about the upcoming meet.

“I enjoy having home meets because it shows off how hard we’ve worked,” Johnson said. “It’s our home track. Who can run better on our track than us?”

Johnson said she is eager to go against the competition her team will see this weekend.

“This weekend is going to be great for us because there’s a lot of teams and a lot of competition,” Johnson said. “So, I’m really looking forward to seeing new school records being broken and some personal bests in our individual races.”

Marshall head coach Jeff Small said he wants his team to have a strong performance in the two-day meet.

“I hope they have their best meet of the year,” Small said. “Missing their meet last weekend because of the storm allowed us to get a good week of practice in, but then everyone came back sick. But I think they’re set up to do some good things this weekend.”

The event will start 5 p.m. Friday and pick back up 9 a.m. Saturday.

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