Thundering Word competes in national comprehensive tournament
HUNTINGTON -- The Thundering Word, Marshall University's speech and debate team, competed recently in the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, the largest comprehensive tournament in the nation and the largest ever hosted by Pi Kappa Delta.
With 80 schools and 2,000 entries, it was the most competitive tournament the team had participated in this season, said Danny Ray, coach of the Thundering Word. The tournament took place at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from March 20-23.
Ray said Marshall placed fourth in Individual Events Team Sweepstakes behind first-place William Carey University, second-place Wiley College and No. 3 Ball State University; and fourth in combined Speech and Debate Team Sweepstakes, trailing only first-place Wiley College, second-place William Carey University and third-place Southwest Baptist University.
Marshall took 10th place in Team Debate Sweepstakes. Overall, MU had 23 quarterfinalists, three semifinalists and seven finalists in Individual Events.
Marshall student Victoria Ledford finished as the 10th-best speaker in Pentathlon out of more than 600 competitors and the national champion-best speaker in IPDA debate, and Joe Garton was the national champion in Junior Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
"This is the best Marshall has performed nationally and we're looking forward to our future," Ray said
Marshall's Thundering Word Speech and Debate Team set a record last month at the 2014 state tournament at WVU-Parkersburg by winning every individual event, debate, pentathlon, individual events sweepstakes, debate sweepstakes and combined sweepstakes.
Marshall travels to Eastern Michigan University for the National Forensic Association's national tournament in this month.
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