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Siby Yao
Siby Yao won the long jump.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Track and Field Wrap Up Marshall Invitational

The App State women’s track and field team closed out its indoor regular season slate at the Marshall Invitational on Saturday, tallying three event wins and 16 top-five finishes.

In the women’s long jump, junior Siby Yao clinched gold with a leap of 5.74m (18′ 10″), while seniors Taylor Smith and Jada Branch earned silver and bronze with marks of 5.59m (18′ 4.25″) and 5.58m (18′ 3.75″), respectively. Yao also finished first in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 11.90m (39′ 0.50″), followed by senior Djamila Petersen, who took third with a leap of 11.60m (38′ 0.75″).

Taylor Smith went on to clinch first in the women’s 60 meters, stopping the clock at 7.52. Sophomore Mariah McCord finished third in the women’s 60-meter final, clocking a time of 7.73. Senior Mariah Atwater set pace for the Mountaineers in the women’s 200 meters, taking second with a time of 24.93. Following Atwater, was Branch and graduate student Jelonnie Smith, who took third (25.07, PR) and fourth (25.15), respectively. Atwater also finished fifth in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 57.44.

Junior Jasmine Donohue clocked a time of 10:10.50 in the women’s 3000 meters to finish third overall. In the women’s shot put, junior Megan Plummer placed fifth with a toss of 11.97m (39′ 3.25″).

Juniors Niejel Wilkins and Cole Krehnbrink of the men’s squad are entered to compete in the men’s triple jump and men’s 400 meters, respectively, at the 2023 USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, NM on Feb. 16-18. The men’s triple jump is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. MT (3:40 p.m. ET) and the first round of the men’s 400 meters is scheduled for 3:44 p.m. MT (5:44 p.m. ET) on Feb. 17.

The women’s squad will travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the Sun Belt Indoor Championships on Feb. 20-21. Events will start at 9 a.m. on both days.