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Table of Contents 2. Table of Contents 3. Quick Facts 4. Schedule 5. Roster 6. Roster Breakdown 7. 2010-11 Review 8. 2011-12 Preview 9. Coaching Staff 10-11. Player Bio’s 12. Indoor Opponents 13. Outdoor Opponents 14. Indoor Record Book 15. Outdoor Record Book 16-17. Huntington, W.Va. 18-19. Marshall University 20. Facilities 21. Conference USA



Marshall University Quick Facts General Information

Head Coach Jeff Small

School................................ Marshall University Founded....................................................... 1837 Location............................... Huntington, W.Va. Enrollment............................................... 13,841 Nickname ............................. Thundering Herd Mascot................................. Marco, The Buffalo Colors..................................... Green and White Conference ............................ Conference USA Affiliation.............................. NCAA Division I President............................ Dr. Stephen J. Kopp Director of Athletics................. Mike Hamrick

Asst. Coach Willie Johnson

Associate Athletic Directors

Coaching Staff

Head Coach..........................................Jeff Small Alma Mater......Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (‘81) Assistant Coach..........................Willie Johnson Alma Mater............................Florida State (‘05) Volunteer Coach.........Lacee Carmon-Johnson Alma Mater................................Rice University Graduate Assistant.....................Bryan Howard Alma Mater.....................................Florida State

Sports Information


Asst. AD/Media Relations........Jason Corriher Office.............................(304)-696-4660 Track and Field Contact..................David Pifer Office.............................(304)-696-5276 Fax.................................(304)-696-2325 Mailing Address...............Marshall Sports Info P.O. Box 1360 Huntington, WV 25715

Quick Facts

Chief of Staff..................................Jeff O’Malley SWA..............................Beatrice Crane Banford Finance............................................David Steele Compliance .................................Derek Gwinn Operations and Events...........Scott Morehouse External Affairs..........................Aaron Goebbel Volunteer Coach Lacee Carmon-Johnson

Graduate Assistant Bryan Howard

2011-2012 Track and Field Schedule Indoor Schedule 12/2-3: Oiler Invitational - Findlay, Ohio

2011-12 Schedule

1/13-14: Kentucky Invitational - Lexington, Ky. 1/20-21: Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind. 1/27-28: SPIRE DI-DIII Collegiate Open - Geneva, Ohio 2/3-4: New Balance Invitational - New York, N.Y. 2/10-11: Akron Invitational - Akron, Ohio 2/17: Ohio State Tune-Up - Columbus, Ohio 2/25-26: C-USA Indoor Championships - Birmingham, Ala. 3/5: Virginia Tech Last Chance - Blacksburg, Va. 3/9-10: NCAA Indoor Championships - Boise, Idaho Outdoor Schedule 3/16: Bulls Invitational - Tampa, Fla. 3/23-24: UCF Invitational - Orlando, Fla. 3/27-30: Texas Relays - Austin, Texas 4/7: Ohio Women’s Team Challenge - Athens, Ohio 4/14: Hilltopper Relays - Bowling Green, Ky. 4/20-21: Polytan Invitational - Bloomington, Ind. 4/26-28: Pennsylvania Relays - Philadelphia, Pa. 5/5: Ohio Invite - Athens, Ohio 5/11-14: C-USA Outdoor Championships - New Orleans, La. 5/26-28: NCAA First Round - Jacksonville, Fla. 6/9: NCAA Outdoor Championships - Des Moines, Iowa


2011-2012 Track and Field Roster

Returners/Lost: 21/16 Newcomers: 10


Jumps Distance Distance Throws Distance Jumps Sprints/Jumps Distance Mid-Distance Sprints Sprints Mid-Distance Distance Distance Multi Throws Multi Throws Throws Sprints Mid-Distance Distance Sprints Sprints/Jumps Multi Multi Sprints Hurdles Hurdles/Jumps Sprints Distance Throws


Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff) Montgomery, W.Va. (Riverside) Washington Court House, Ohio (Miami Trace) Portsmouth, Ohio (Portsmouth) Lester, W.Va. (Independence) Richmond, Va. (J.R. Tucker) Prince Georges, Va. (Prince Georges) Wheeling, W.Va. (Wheeling Central) Stow, Ohio (St. Vincent & Mary) Newberry, S.C. (Newberry) Parkersburgh, W.Va. (Parkersburg) Inwood, W.Va. (Musselman) Mount Vernon, Ohio (Mount Vernon) Mount Vernon, Ohio (Mount Vernon) St. Louis, Missouri (Lutheran South) Bentleyville, Pa. Silver Springs, Md. (Paint Branch) Huntington, W.Va. Fleetwood, Pa. (Fleetwood) Dallas, Texas (Skyline) Colliers, W.Va. (Brooke) Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington) Berryville, Va. (Clarke County) Lortan, Va. (South County) Richmond, Va. (Henrico) Tipp City, Ohio (Tippecanoe) Columbus, Ohio (Franklin Heights) Edgerton, Ohio (Edgerton) Catlett, Va. (Liberty) Hurricane, W.Va. (Hurricane) Martinsburg, W.Va. (Martinsburg Senior) Galloway, Ohio (Westland)

2011-2012 Roster

Crystal Walker Leslie Thomas Sammantha Stroker Brittany Stanley Kristen Roles Jasia Richardson Amber Pierson Kelley Mortakis Molly Miloscia Delkira Maybin Hadassah Lynch Whitney Lewis Zoe Leonard Celia Leonard Taylor Kirchwehm Amanda Kennedy Vanessa Jules Courtney Hughes Amanda Hottenstein Kearra Haynes Paige Govey Julia Galloway An'Drea Gaither Loren Dyer Elaine Derricott Lauren DeHays Alanna Dawkins Alecia Daniels Rachel Coaxum Brittany Carey Lauren Bartoldson Elizabeth Barnhart

Roster Breakdown by State West Virginia (10) L. Thomas, K. Roles, K. Mortakis, H. Lynch, W. Lewis, C. Hughes, P. Govey, J. Galloway, B. Carey, L. Bartoldson Ohio (9) S. Stroker, B. Stanley, M. Miloscia, Z. Leonard, C. Leonard, L. DeHays, A. Dawkins, A. Daniels, E. Barnhart

Roster Breakdown

Virginia (6) J. Richardson, A. Pierson, A. Gaither, L. Dyer, E. Derricott, R. Coaxum Texas (2) C. Walker, K. Haynes Pennsylvania (2) A. Kennedy, A. Hottenstein South Carolina (1) D. Maybin Missouri (1) T. Kirchwehm Maryland (1) V. Jules

Roster Breakdown by Class Seniors (7) B. Stanley, K. Mortakis, D. Maybin, P. Govey, L. DeHays, R. Coaxum, B. Carey Juniors (9) C. Walker, L. Thomas, J. Richardson, A. Pierson, A. Kennedy, V. Jules, E. Derricott, A. Daniels, E. Barnhart Sophomores (7) S. Stoker, M. Miloscia, H. Lynch, W. Lewis, C. Hughes, A. Hottenstein, J. Galloway Freshmen (9) K. Roles, Z. Leonard, C. Leonard, T. Kirchwehm, K. Haynes, A. Gaither, L. Dyer, A. Dawkins, L. Bartoldson


2010-2011 Season Review


2010-11 C-USA Indoor Finish: 12/12 (26.5 pts.) 2010-11 C-USA Outdoor Finish: 12/12 (21 pts.) All-Conference USA Members: 3 Jasia Richardson (Indoor - Triple Jump) Vanessa Jules (Indoor - High Jump) Elaine Derricott (Indoor - Pentathlon; Outdoor - Heptathlon) 2010-11 Indoor Records Set: 3 2010-11 Outdoor Records Set: 6

2010-11 Season Review

The 2010-2011 season saw Marshall University ‘s track and field team rise to prominence on both the Conference USA and national levels. As a strong group of athletes eager to compete, the members of the Thundering Herd track and field team set out last season with something to prove, and by season’s end, had done little to disappoint. For the athletes participating in the sprinting events, it was a year of personal achievement. Three school records were set by the sprints athletes, including the 300m time of 41.50 set by Vanessa Jules, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay times of 46.60 and 3:45.50 set by Jules, Brittany Carey, Delkira Maybin, Moriah Njoku, Amber Pierson, and Hadassah Lynch. The visible, common denominator to all three of these sprints records is Vanessa Jules, who further went on to cap-off a very successful sophomore season by setting school high-jump records of 5’9.25’’ and 5’8.75’’ in the indoor and outdoor seasons respectively. Jules also took 3rd place at the C-USA Indoor Championships, and earned a spot on the All-Conference team. Fellow compatriot Jasia Richardson was also very successful in the jumping events, claiming 3rd place in the triple jump at the C-USA Indoor Championships, and 7th place in the Outdoor Championships. For her efforts, Richardson was also a recipient of All-Conference accolades. Perhaps the most high-profile track and field storyline of 2010-2011, though, was seen in the performances of sophomore Elaine Derricott. Derricott had arrived as a transfer from Radford prior to the season, but wasted little time in getting settled at Marshall. The Richmond, Virginia, native set two school records with 3710 points in the indoor pentathlon and 5139 points in the outdoor heptathlon. Furthermore, Derricott became Marshall’s first-ever Conference USA Champion with a 1st place finish in the outdoor heptathlon. For her efforts, she earned a spot on the C-USA All-Conference team, while teammate Lauren Dehays also gained respect with an 8th place finish in the outdoor heptathlon. In the throwing events, two Amandas – Hottenstein and Kennedy – paired with Elizabeth Barnhart to finish as scorers at the conference tournaments. At the C-USA Indoor Championships, Hottenstein placed 6th in the shot put, while Kennedy and Barnhart respectively finished 7th in the javelin and 6th in the discus at the Outdoor Championships. And last but not least there were the distance runners, who rounded off a strong showing by Marshall’s athletes in all track and field areas by setting two school records in the outdoor 3k steeplechase and distance medley relay. Allison Cox also made a name for herself by becoming a C-USA finalist in the 1500m at the Outdoor Championships, and Kathleen Clark was a C-USA All-Academic selection. All told, the 2010-2011 season was a successful one for the members of the Herd both individually and as a team. As the records were broken, higher standards were set, and the members of the Marshall track and field team can now look forward to the 2011-2012 season with a feeling of confidence.

2011-2012 Season Preview

2011-12 Season Preview

Head Coach Jeff Small enters his 16th season in charge of the Thundering Herd squad, and will once again team up with Assistant Coach Willie Johnson to prepare the team for action this year. With three returning All-Conference performers and a host of school record holders still on the roster, the 2011-12 season looks to be a promising one for the Marshall University track and field team. The returning All-Conference trio of Elaine Derricott, Jasia Richardson, and Vanessa Jules headlines a group of athletes that is just beginning to make a name for itself on the Conference USA scene. Derricott was champion in the outdoor heptathlon and All-Conference USA in the indoor pentathlon, while Jules and Richardson were All-Conference USA in the indoor high jump and triple jump, respectively. Amanda Kennedy and Elizabeth Barnhart also return to add further talent to a strong Herd squad, as they look to set new marks in the throwing events for Marshall this season. In other events, senior sprinters Brittany Carey and Delkira Maybin will be looking to end their collegiate careers on a high note, as they lead Marshall’s record-setting 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams back onto the track this year. As for the newcomers, Stephen F. Austin State transfer Crystal Walker will hope to give the Herd yet another top-athlete out on the track, as the junior from Dallas, Texas, looks to bring an added boost to the jumping events.


Coaching Staff Head Coach Jeff Small

Marshall University (1995-2011)

- Seasons at Marshall: 16 - Alma Mater: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - Birthdate: April 10, 1958 - Hometown: Harvey, Ill.

2-Time Southern Conference Coach of the Year 2 - All-Americans 9 - NCAA Regional Qualifiers 17 - Individual Conference Champions

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coach Willie Johnson Volunteer Coach Lacee Carmon-Johnson

Graduate Assistant Bryan Howard

- Seasons at Marshall: 2 - Alma Mater: Florida State Marshall University (2009-11) 77 - Personal Bests 19 - C-USA Scorers 7 - School Records 4 - All Conference Accolades 1 - Conference USA Champion 1 - National Qualifier


Meet the Herd...

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Elizabeth Barnhart - JR Galloway, Ohio Throws

Lauren Bartoldson - FR Martinsburg, W.Va. Distance

Brittany Carey - SR Hurricane, W.Va. Sprints

Rachel Coaxum - SR Catlett, Va. Hurdles/Jumps

Player Profiles


Alecia Daniels - JR Edgerton, Ohio Hurdles

Alanna Dawkins - FR Columbus, Ohio Sprints

Lauren DeHays - SR Tipp City, Ohio Multi

Elaine Derricott - JR Richmond, Va. Multi

Loren Dyer - FR Lortan, Va. Sprints/Jumps

An’Drea Gaither - FR Berryville, Va. Sprints

Julia Galloway - SO Huntington, W.Va. Distance

Paige Govey - SR Colliers - W.Va. Mid-Distance


Kearra Haynes - FR Dallas, Texas Sprints

Amanda Hottenstein - SO Fleetwood, Pa. Throws

Courtney Hughes - SO Huntington, W.Va. Throws

Vanessa Jules - JR Silver Springs, Md. Multi


Meet the Herd...

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Taylor Kirchwehm - FR St. Louis, Mo. Multi

Celia Leonard - FR Mount Vernon, Ohio Distance

Zoe Leonard - FR Mount Vernon, Ohio Distance

Whitney Lewis - SO Inwood, W.Va. Mid-Distance

Hadassah Lynch - SO Parkersburg, W.Va. Sprints

Delkira Maybin - SR Newberry, S.C. Sprints

Molly Miloscia - SO Stow, Ohio Mid-Distance



Kelley Mortakis - SR Wheeling, W.Va. Distance

Amber Pierson - JR Prince Georges, Va. Sprints/Jumps

Jasia Richardson - JR Richmond, Va. Jumps

Kristen Roles - FR Lester, W.Va. Distance

Brittany Stanley - SR Portsmouth, Ohio Throws

Sammantha Stroker - SO Wash. Ct. House, Ohio Distance

Leslie Thomas - JR Montgomery, W.Va. Distance

Crystal Walker - JR Dallas, Texas Jumps

Player Profiles

Amanda Kennedy - JR Bentleyville, Pa. Throws

Indoor Opponents and Meets

Kentucky Invitational - Kentucky January 13-14, 2012 Nutter Field House Lexington, Ky.

Gladstein Invitational - Indiana January 20-21, 2012 Gladstein Field House Bloomington, Ind.

SPIRE Midwest Indoor Open January 27-28, 2012 SPIRE Indoor Track Geneva, Ohio

New Balance Invitational February 3-4, 2012 The Armory Track and Field Center New York, N.Y.

Akron Invitational - Akron February 10-11, 2012 Stile Field House Akron, Ohio

Ohio State Tune-Up - OSU February 17, 2012 French Field House Columbus, Ohio

C-USA Championships - UAB February 25-26, 2012 Birmingham CrossPlex Birmingham, Ala.

Virginia Tech Last Chance - VT March 5, 2012 Rector Field House Blacksburg, Va.

Indoor Meets

Oiler Opener - Findlay University December 2-3, 2011 Malcolm Athletic Center Findlay, Ohio


Outdoor Opponents and Meets

Bulls Invitational - USF March 16, 2012 USF Track and Field Stadium Tampa, Fla.

Penn Relays April 26-28, 2012 Franklin Field Philadelphia, Pa.


Texas Relays - Texas March 27-30, 2012 Mike A. Myers Stadium Austin, Texas

Hilltopper Relays - Western Ky. April 14, 2012 Charles M. Ruter Track Complex Bowling Green, Ky.

Polytan Invitational April 20-21, 2012 Robert C. Haugh Track Complex Bloomington, Ind.

Ohio Invite - Ohio May 5, 2012 Goldsberry Track Athens, Ohio

C-USA Championships - Tulane May 11-14, 2012 Tad Gormley Stadium New Orleans, La.

Outdoor Meets

Ohio Women’s Team Challenge April 7, 2012 Goldsberry Track Athens, Ohio

UCF Invitational - UCF March 23-24, 2012 UCF Soccer and Track Complex Orlando, Fla.

Indoor Records

Vanessa Jules

Indoor Records

EVENT ATHLETE TIME/DISTANCE YEAR 55m Erica West 7.21 1989 60m Delkira Maybin 7.62 2009 60mH Tara Lee 8.58 1999 200mH Leona Benjamin 28.54 1998 200m Delkira Maybin 24.97 2009 300m Vanessa Jules 41.50 2010 400m Yvonne Ferguson 56.02 2004 500m Zedmalia Wolfe 1:18.48 2004 600m Rolanda Bruce 1:37.74 2010 800m Stephanie Eastman 2:15.01 2003 1000m Stephanie Eastman 2:57.98 2003 1-Mile Marian Brooks 5:07.03 2007 3000m Marian Brooks 10:08.25 2007 5000m Marian Brooks 17:31.01 2007 4x400m Rolanda Bruce, Angelica Harris 3:53.32 2007 Tarrin Scott, Breanna Jones 4x800m Sarah Crandall, Amy Carpenter 9:33.13 1992 Michelle Strager, Christa Gibson Distance Medley Relay Kari Velasco, Michelle John, 12:19.79 1999 Megan Rawlings, Becky Pouch Shot Put Rachel Blankenship 47-07.25 2008 Weight Throw Erin Compton 59-01.25 2003 High Jump Vanessa Jules 5-9 1/4 2010 Long Jump Erica West 19-06.25 1990 Triple Jump Andrea Jackson 42-02 2010 Pole Vault Tara Lee 10-6 1999 Pentathalon Elaine Derricott 3710 pts 2011 *BOLD indicates current student-athletes

Elaine Derricott


Brittany Carey


* BOLD indicates current student-athletes


Outdoor Records

100m Carmisa Morris 11.90 2006 200m Zedmalia Wolfe 24.43 2004 400m Zedmalia Wolfe 55.46 2004 800m Stephanie Eastman 2:12.39 2003 1500m Varinka Barbini 4:37.99 2004 3000m Marian Brooks 10:01.01 2007 5000m Marian Brooks 17:18.57 2007 10000m Katrina Maynard 37:15.64 1990 Steeplechase Heather Saffel 11:13.48 2011 100mH Breanna Jones 13.97 2008 400mH Leona Benjamin 1:00.59 1998 4x100m Brittany Carey, Vanessa Jules 46.60 2011 Delkira Maybin, Moriah Njoku 4x200m Reshundra Smiley, Xavier Richards, 1:40.47 2006 Katina Morris, Carmisa Morris 4x400m Brittany Carey, Vanessa Jules, 3:45.50 2011 Amber Pierson, Hadassah Lynch Sprint Medley Relay Adrienne Hundemer, Tara Lee, 4:13.44 1998 Leona Benjamin, Kari Velasco Distance Medley Relay Kathleen Clark, Alesia Hairston, 12:35.1 2011 Heather Saffel, Allison Cox Shuttle Hurdle Relay Leona Benjamin, Cindy Dawson, Tara Lee,Adrienne Hundemer 58.48 1998 Shot Put Rachel Blankenship 48-9.50 2008 Discus Erin Compton 171-00.00 2003 Hammer Erin Compton 181-11.00 2003 Javelin Amanda Kennedy 142-5 2010 High Jump Vanessa Jules 5-8.75 2010 Long Jump Sikeetha Shepard-Hall 20-5.25 2006 Triple Jump Andrea Jackson 41-11.25 2010 Pole Vault Tara Lee 10-02.00 1999 Heptathlon Elaine Derricott 5139 pts 2011

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Marshall University Track and Field Facilities


After marking its 16-year milestone during the 2010-11 season, Conference USA is still going strong. From the beginning, dedication to excellence has been the league's guiding principle and remains today a common thread for a promising future. C-USA is home to 12 nationally prominent, tradition-rich members in East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP. This combination enhances men's and women's programs that are immersed in athletic success and academic prowess. Together, we are committed to excellence, integrity and leadership in athletics, academics and in our communities. All C-USA institutions sponsor Division I-A football, along with several other men's and women's athletic programs, many of which compete regularly for NCAA Championships. C-USA sponsors competition in 20 sports - nine for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 11 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball).

35 volleyball teams, 55 men's and women's soccer teams and 25 softball teams have earned NCAA Tournament bids. C-USA has sent three men's soccer teams to the NCAA College Cup, five softball teams to the Women's College World Series and three volleyball teams to the Sweet 16. The league has also had six national champions in NCAA track and field competition, one national champion in diving and numerous NCAA individual and team competitors in cross country, golf, swimming, tennis and track and field. Overall, Conference USA teams and individuals have made more than 600 NCAA appearances. SUCCESS OFF THE FIELD C-USA institutions are among the nation's best in academic performance among student-athletes, bolstered by the fact that student-athletes at league schools have a higher graduation rate than the general student population. Among C-USA's 5,000 student-athletes, there are champions off the playing field as well. In 15 years, 153 student-athletes earned national ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, while 541 were named All-District. In addition, more than 20,000 student-athletes have been named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll or received the Commissioner's Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom. C-USA IN THE COMMUNITY The conference's footprint is concentrated with 12 members in nine states and a combined area population of nearly 17 million. More than 1.1 million living alumni represent C-USA schools across the nation. With a renewed commitment to community involvement, the conference has begun development of several initiatives to maintain strong ties in C-USA cities, as well as with fans and alumni across the country. C-USA schools also place a priority on giving back to their communities through volunteer service with local and national organizations. GOVERNANCE Along with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC, Conference USA is one of the seven conferences having significant representation in the NCAA governance structure. The Presidents of the member institutions serve as the league's Board of Directors. A PROUD HISTORY; A PROMISING FUTURE Conference USA was formed in 1995 and quickly emerged as one of the nation's top conferences. The conference unveiled its name, logo and commissioner on April 24, 1995 in Chicago. The league's charter members included Charlotte, Cincinnati, DePaul, Houston, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Saint Louis, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB and USF.


After celebrating its 10th Anniversary during the 2004-05 season, C-USA began a new chapter in 2005-06 when its current membership came together to form the new look of the league. Since its formation, C-USA has established a strong foundation, an identity and a history that reflects the league's national presence. Fifteen years of remarkable history has reinforced the league's position in collegiate athletics, setting the course for the next decade and beyond.

Conference USA

The league sponsors numerous academic awards, including the Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Commissioner's Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom. C-USA annually awards 12 postgraduate scholarships, along with the Sport Academic Award, Scholar Athletes of the Year and the Institutional Academic Excellence Award. Conference USA also added a Spirit of Service Award, recognizing student-athletes three times a year for a combination of significant community service efforts, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.

2012 Marshall Track and Field Media Guide  

The official media guide for the Thundering Herd's 2011-12 track and field season.

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