Events: Weight Throw (57-4 1/4), Discus (130-10), Hammer Throw (166-8)
Lettered for the first time as a Lady Tiger after throwing the weight at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships ... Threw a personal best of 57 feet, 4 1/4 inches for 12th place in weight throw qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Finished the indoor season just over one foot from cracking LSU's all-time Top 10 performance list in the weight throw ... Placed fourth in the weight throw at both the LSU High Performance Meet (55-0 1/4) and LSU Twilight (56-1) during the indoor season ... Also threw the weight at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic, throwing a season-opening 55-5 3/4 for fifth place ... Raised her hammer throw PR by 33 feet over the course of the outdoor season ... Threw a lifetime best of 166-8 for 10th place in the hammer throw at the LSU Alumni Gold meet ... Opened the outdoor season with back-to-back ninth-place finishes at the Hurricane Twilight (160-9) and Battle on the Bayou (162-6) ... Finished 10th in the hammer at the Texas Invitational with a throw of 154-2 and 11th at the LSU Invitational with a mark of 156-10.
Ended her debut season indoors by throwing a personal best of 51-7 in a sixth-place finish in the weight throw at the LSU Twilight … Opened the indoor season by throwing 48-5 ½ in an eighth-place finish at the LSU Indoor Invitational … Also posted matching throws of 46-7 ½ for eighth place at the LSU High Performance Meet and 17th place at the Razorback Invitational during the indoor season … Competed in both the discus and hammer throws during the outdoor season … Wrapped up her freshman season by throwing personal bests in both events with marks of 130-10 for sixth place in the discus and 133-9 for ninth place in the hammer throw in the team’s regular-season finale at the LSU Invitational … Earned back-to-back seventh-place finishes in the hammer throw at the Louisiana Classics (132-11) and Battle on the Bayou (128-6) … Also placed ninth in the event at the Jim Click Shootout (130-11) … Threw the discus at the Battle on the Bayou (115-4), Jim Click Shootout (122-7) and LSU Alumni Gold (126-4) … Recognized for her performance in the classroom with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
PRIOR TO LSU
A standout shot putter and discus thrower during her prep career at Ponchatoula High School … Crowned district champion in the shot put during her senior season in 2014.
Full name is Marvalyn Allenesha Vernon … Born on March 10, 1996 … Parents are Marvin and Centry Vernon … Has five siblings, Gilbert, Miranda, Coco, Leon and Marvin, Jr. … Was an honor roll student at Ponchatoula High School … Served as Vice President of her senior class at Ponchatoula High School … A member of the Key Club and Bible Club during her prep career … Majoring in biology.