Marshall's Richardson sets triple-jump record
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Marshall University triple jumper Jasia Richardson set a school record and the top mark in the country Saturday with a leap of 13.56 meters at the Hilltopper Relays at Western Kentucky University.
Richardson broke her own record by more than two feet. Her leap topped that of Texas A&M's LaQue Moen-Davis, whose 13.21 mark was the nation's best until Saturday.
"Jasia has worked really hard over the past couple of years to get where she is today," Marshall coach Jeff Small said. "We are really proud and excited for her, but it is just the beginning of more great things to come from this young lady."
Richardson gave credit to God and looked forward to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
"Thank you Father," Richardson said. "Now let's go to Eugene!"
The Thundering Herd 4 x 400 relay team of Tianya Hankerson, Elaine Derricott, Loren Dyer and Shanice Johnson also won first place in 3:50.79.
Marshall's jack Whitney won the 5,000-meter run in 15:36.04, while teammate William Shaffer won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:36.93 even though it was the first time he had competed in the event.
Marshall returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Relays in Lexington, Ky.
SAN ANTONIO -- UTSA scored four runs in the eighth inning Saturday in a 7-2 victory over Marshall in college baseball at Roadrunner Field.
The Roadrunners led 3-0 before the Thundering Herd scored in the top of the eighth when Corey Bird hit into a fielder's choice to score John Beary, who led off with a single.
UTSA (24-11 overall, 10-4 Conference USA) then scored four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-1 lead.
Marshall (13-20, 7-9) added a run in the ninth when T.J. Diffenderfer scored on a ground out by Aaron Bossi.
Beary went 2-for-3.
The Herd and Roadrunners are scheduled to complete their three-game series at 11:30 a.m. today.
-- The Herald-Dispatch
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