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Track and Field try to keep hot streak alive

By MALCOLM IRVING
On April 18, 2013

After having two straight outstanding weekends in competition, the Marshall University women’s track and field team is looking to continue its excellence Saturday at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic in Lexington, Ky.The Thundering Herd has taken care of business at previous track meets. The track team finished first place at the Ohio Team Challenge for the second consecutive season. The Herd placed first in 11 of 19 events and finished with 153 points. The Ohio Bobcats finished second with 107 points and West Virginia finished third with 72 points. The Herd finished that competition with ease, coming in first over Ohio by 40 points.After that weekend, Marshall took its talents to Bowling Green, Ky. to compete in the Hilltopper Relays. The Herd had a record setting day at the Relay, and four players broke five school records.Senior Vanessa Jules broke her own school record in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Senior Amanda Kennedy broke her own javelin throwing school record by 10 feet. Senior Jasia Richardson broke the school record in triple jump and senior Crystal Walker out-jumped her own school record in the long jump.Kennedy said doing well in the past two meets have boosted the team’s confidence for the upcoming track meets and for the remainder of the season.“It definitely builds some confidence. After the first two meets, we did decent and after that you want to do better and jump on the train. This meet — getting the marks we got and getting back up in the rankings — it puts you back in the mind set, and it’s time to do work,” Kennedy said.Marshall has three more meets left in the regular season, and The Herd is looking to remain in control until the post season.Walker said the team has been going strong every day since the last meet and has prepared for this weekend’s meet.“No days off,” Walker said. “Finishing last week, a lot of us were sore, but that just goes into working day in and day out. We just have to continue to push through the sore, which means we’re just getting better. We just have to continue to push the pedal.”The Bluegrass Classic is set to begin Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Herd’s first event will start at 10:30 am.Malcolm irving can be contacted at irving2@marshall.edu. 

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