Friday, February 27, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Aggie sprinter Marshall hopes quick start propels her to All-American status

MarshallW

By
From page B1 | June 10, 2014 |

It’s a tall order for UC Davis sprinter Ashley Marshall, but the Aggie junior hopes her second straight trip to the NCAA women’s track and field nationals yields at least All-American status.

Marshall, a sociology major from Moreno Valley, qualified for the big meet by posting an 11.47 in the 100-meter regional gathering in Arkansas last month. She also holds the Aggie women’s 100-meter record at 11.34.

Marshall got to Fayetteville thanks to winning the Big West Conference sprint crown. She also captured the league’s 200, but finished a non-qualifying 18th at the regionals.

Marshall will waste no time on her trip to Eugene, Oregon. Her prelim in the 100 is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. Succeed there and she’ll run in the finals on Friday.

But the diminutive (she admits to being 5-foot-2 1/4) flash believes her experience at the NCAAs last year will serve her well this time around.

“I think there’s more pressure this year,” Marshall told The Enterprise. “However, I was able to see what it takes. My goal is to make it to the final day (eight qualify from semifinal heats) … place in the top eight so I can become All-American.”

Marshall will have to be quick about it. Top qualifier Remona Burchell (Alabama) got to Oregon with an 11.03.

The eighth-best time among qualifiers is 11:32. Marshall understands the challenge:

“What I have to do is execute. If I do what I’ve been doing in practice, there is no reason why I shouldn’t make finals. Yeah, just go out and execute, focus on what I’ve been learning.”

Marshall finished third in the CIF state meet as a senior at Rancho Verde High. Despite a handful of injuries during her prep career, Aggie head coach Drew Wartenburg and then-sprint mentor Kimberly Graham-Miller saw Marshall’s talent shine through.

In the past two seasons, Rahn Sheffield has worked closely with Marshall, adjusting her powerful style to pay further dividends.

“I still feel like I’m learning how to run all over again,” Marshall says, talking about the different coaching styles of Sheffield and Graham-Miller. “Off the block you want to be in the right position, and from there there’s different stages of the race.”

Being the shortest competitor in the women’s 100 (although Burchell is only 5-4), Marshall relies on a powerful start to put her in the lead. From there…

“Acceleration — and you can only hold that for a certain amount of time, like 60 meters. Whoever is able to hold their positioning, or form, the best from there is going to win the race.”

Marshall, who fought through two pulled hamstrings in high school, has stayed healthy at UCD. She’d like to run internationally upon graduation.

Dad Anthony is a caterer, born in Barbados. Mom Cheryl is an investment counselor who hails from Trinidad-Tobago. Marshall says if running for Team USA doesn’t work out, she’ll seek dual citizenship and hope to compete for one of her parents’ countries. (Neither Cheryl nor Anthony have track backgrounds.)

“I just want to keep running,” she says.

Together, with Raquel Lambdin in the 1,500 meters, the Aggie banner will fly high at the University of Oregon.

“The goal each season is to have athletes performing on the highest possible level — and presence at the NCAA meet is something that will become an expected and attainable objective for all the top athletes in our program,” Wartenburg believes.

“(Raquel) and Ashley are two of many success stories this spring, and we have a number of their teammates that shared the same hope of qualifying for the national meet, which means we can celebrate the achievements of these two while also knowing that the potential for more exists within our ranks.”

Notes: On Saturday night, Marshall received the Dr. Hubert Heitman Award as the outstanding female athlete at UCD. … In taking the Big West 200, Marshall came from behind and used a mighty lunge to join two other competitors at the wire — immediately after which she took a hard tumble. After a review of video from the finish, Marshall was declared the winner and the fall’s pain vanished. … Brother Marcus is a film-studies graduate of UC Santa Barbara. … Off the track and out of the classroom, Marshall is just fine with attending a movie or watching TV: “Sometime to relax.” … Long Beach State, San Diego State, Cal Poly and Sacramento State were among the schools recruiting Marshall out of high school. So why Davis? “I really like the city and wanted to go to a UC school,” she recalls. “And I liked Coach Kim a lot and she felt she could take me to the next level.” … Graham-Miller is now an assistant at Illinois. … In 2013, Marshall’s 11.45 was 0.11 from making the national finals (and All-American).

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    New greenhouse will add to ‘Farm to Mouth’ program

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Learn about pollinators, gardens and honey at Yolo Basin fundraiser

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Woodland infant’s death remains a mystery

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    Can you give them a home?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Fire damages South Davis home

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Gerber nominations close Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Explorit: Humming right along

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A3

    Flower arrangers feature S.F. designer

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Celebrate Africa on Saturday at I-House

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Chamber explores how to pay for Davis’ needs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Wolk and Dodd team up to provide Napa earthquake tax relief

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Robb Davis to speak about homelessness, energy

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Spring sing-along is March 4

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    A fill-up mishap

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Two free yoga classes offered March 12

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Take a night walk at Cache Creek

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Class of 1970 plans 45-year reunion

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Bicycle safety course to be offered in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Documentary on immigration issues will be screened

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Learn about your brain on March 14

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Adopt a household for Bridge to Housing participants

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Workshop will teach sustainable gardening methods

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Tired of all of this

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B6

    No extra cost for containers

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

     
    Oral Health Project launches

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

    Here an H, there an H

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

     
    Cavalier attitude about bike safety

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

    Start early to build healthy dental habits

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Sports

    Blue Devil boys expect a spike in production

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Inquiring minds want to know about Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Encouraging start for DHS boys tennis team

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Off day for Aggie men at UCSB

    By Kim Orendor | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggie women fall to 4th after lackluster showing

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lady Devils are on to the SJS semis

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Late goal lifts Red Wings over Sharks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

    Watney struggling at windy Honda Classic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    YoloArts’ Gallery 625 presents ‘The Poetry of Dots’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    International Film Series to present ‘Jaffa’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Monticello announces March schedule

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    The Artery presents ‘Stepping Into Nature’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    ‘Focus': A sharply conceived caper

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    The Woodland Opera House announces 2015-16 season

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Nissan’s Z remains an affordable performer

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3

     
    Car Care: Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Death notice: Celia E. Recchio

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Vernon E. Burton

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Dieter W. Gruenwedel

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, February 27, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B5