Abby Herring becomes first female runner in Marshall history to qualify for Nationals

By RealWV Staff,

BETHLEHEM, P.A. – Parkersburg native Abby Herring, on Friday, became the first female runner in Marshall University’s history to qualify for the NCAA Division I Nationals, to be held next week at the University of Virginia. Herring earned the trip to Charlottesville on the strength of her 19:52.4 6K finishing time at the Regional qualifier in Bethesda, Pennsylvania. 

The 22-year-old graduate student is just the third Marshall runner ever to advance to the NCAA National Championships. Herring now adds her name beside Kim Nutter in 1979, and Matt Schiffbauer in 2011. 

Herring finished as runner-up in last month’s Sun Belt Conference Championship, with her performance earning her First Team All-Sun Belt Conference recognition for the second consecutive year. Herring is three-time Sun Belt Conference Athlete of the Week, and holds multiple Marshall University performance records. Herring is a graduate of Parkersburg High School, currently majoring in communication disorders. 

Photo by Conference USA.

The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville. 


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