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Herd runner Hadassah Lynch prepares for season

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 30, 2012 00:11

Marshall’s track and field is preparing for the start to their season on Dec. 7. Sprint runner Hadassah Lynch said she is especially excited to get out there and help her team break some records.

Parkersburg, W.Va. native Lynch walked onto the track and field team in 2010.

“My mindset walking on to the team was overwhelming,” Lynch said. “It was literally a live changing experience and has helped mold me into the person I am today.”

Lynch said her visit to Marshall University was warm and friendly. When she got the “We Are Marshall” movie in the mail she instantly knew she wanted to be a part of this university.

Lynch’s collegiate best times are 400m: 58.34 seconds and 200m: 25.67 seconds. She was the anchor in the four by 400 relay team that set the school record at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships.

Lynch is actively involved in Marshall’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes which is a program offered to Marshall athletes. FCA meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Hartley Room of the Cam Henderson Center.

“Sometimes us athletes think that being an athlete is our identity, but really having Christ in our life should be our identity,” Lynch said. “It’s a great opportunity to grow in your relationship with God and to make life long friends.”

Lynch said her inspiration is her mother and her coach. Her mother has always pushed her to be the best that she can and to always put God first and she will be able to stand with anything. Her coach Willie Johnson tells Lynch on a daily basis, “Execute, use that 90, Dorsey flew, and touch, touch, touch.”

“The discipline he teaches us is not only for track but it prepares us for life,” Lynch said. “He’s more than just a coach he is a great mentor and I am honored to be coached by him.”

The Herd’s first meet will be take place in Findlay, Ohio at the Oiler Open on Dec. 7.

“I am so excited for what this year has to bring and am looking forward for my team to break several records, set personal bests and score high in our conference,” Lynch said.

Kara Kucin can be contacted at kucin@marshall.edu.

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