Marshall’s Abby Herring wins gold on first day of SBC Indoor Championships

Herd women score 20 points on prelim day; men tally seven points

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- For the first time in her illustrious career, Abby Herring is a Conference Champion. Herring won the 2024 SBC Indoor 5K Championship with a time of 16:06.64. Her time is a new SBC Championship meet record and a new school record, breaking Herring’s own time set last week by 15 seconds. 

The Parkersburg graduate senior has had a number of historic achievements with the Herd, including breaking over a quarter-century of school records, while becoming the first four-time All-Conference Cross Country runner, and becoming the first Marshall female runner to qualify for Cross Country Nationals. But Monday’s title was Herring’s first individual gold of her collegiate career. 

Herring and the Marshall women scored 20 points, placing the Herd 4th out of 10 after day one. Additionally, Lara Check scored in the Pentathlon, Rebecca Merritt scored in the Weight Throw, and the DMR team finished 5th. 

The men’s DMR team finished 4th to lead the way for the program’s second season since returning. Evan White’s 14:45.62 in the 5K scored the graduate senior a seventh-place finish. 

Marshall’s full results are listed below. For preliminary qualifiers, “Qualified” is listed in all capital letters to represent an automatic qualification berth via a heat win. 

Marshall Results 

Pentathlon Finals

Lara Check: (5th-3619 points – 4 pts.) 60m Hurdles (4th-8.99), High Jump (7th-1.62m ) High Jump (5th-11.02m), Long Jump (5th-5.61m), 800m (14th-2:35.99)

Field Events

Weight ThrowMen’sNicholas Wright (15.67m), Trevor Hayes (13.80m), Anthony Dunbar (13.80m)  Women’sRebecca Merritt (6th-18.51m – 3 Pts.), Markayla Moore (17.11m), Josie Moore (16.89m), Madiyah McCullough (15.68m)

Long JumpMen’sGrant Swider (6.30m) Women’sLara Check (5.63m)

Track Events

Mile PrelimsMen’sRonnie Saunders (4:22.96 Qualified), Brady Dawkins (4:30.62), Zach Cannon (4:43.11) Women’sKylee Mastin (5:00.57 QUALIFIED), Hannah Wyler (5:01.01 Qualified), Hannah Toth (5:02.68 Qualified)

60m PrelimsMen’sJoshua Roush (7.27) Women’sFaith Gandy (7.74), Kennedy Pedro (7.79), Myrka Cadet (7.97)

60m Hurdles PrelimsMen’sPeter Oliveira (8.55), Carson Casto (8.60) Women’sTyra Thomas (8.46 QUALIFIED), Infinity Thomas (9.11)

400m PrelimsMen’sIsaiah Harper (49.92), Ethan Bowens (49.99) Women’sMikah Alleyne (56.70), Nyah Harrison (57.19) 

800m PrelimsMen’sKazuma Bowring (1:56.94 qualified), Jordan Gillum (2:00.62) Women’sKylee Mastin (2:14.49 QUALIFIED), Astoria Beckett (2:16.55 qualified), Erykah Christopher (2:24.75) 

5K FinalsMen’sEvan White (7th-14:45.62 – 2 pts.), Garrett Ferguson (15:24.62), Christian Bradford (15:52.13) Women’s:Abby Herring (1st-16:06.64 NEW MEET & SCHOOL RECORD – 10 pts.), Jalynn Browning (18:13.99), Asha Bora (18:41.60)

200m PrelimsMen’sJoshua Roush (22.55), Isaiah Valentine (22.58), Emirh White (22.71) Women’sKennedy Pedro (25.41), Dezire Gee (25.49), Myrka Cadet (25.63), Faith Gandy (25.72)

DMR Relay FinalsMen’s: (4th – 10:10.03 – 5 pts.) Women’s: (5th – 12:10.37 – 3 pts.)

UP NEXT

Day two begins at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday with field events and 2:30 p.m. on the track.

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