From Staff Reports
HUNTINGTON (AP) — Former Oak Hill Red Devil track and field standout Erin Compton will be among nine inductees in the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
Compton was the Herd’s first female All-American, placing eighth in the discus at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the highest finish in NCAA competition for a Herd track athlete. She set three school records (that still stand) in throws in 2003. She threw the 20-pound indoor weight 59 feet, 1.25 inches, then followed up by setting MU records outdoors in the discus, with a throw of 171-0, and the hammer with a throw of 181-11. She was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference champion, winning the discus throw in 2001 and 2003 in the outdoor meet. An Oak Hill native, Compton became the first Marshall student-athlete to win an event at the historic Penn Relays. Her 2003 season had a string of highlights that started at the Ohio Early Bird Invitational, as she broke a still-standing discus record for the facility. That season, she won 7-of-10 discus championships in events for MU and took back her Mid-American Conference discus title. At the NCAA qualifier, her throw of 52.12 meters (171 feet) was only 3.02 meters behind the regional champion. She finished with 11 career discus victories and 17 overall victories.
Joining Compton will be former Herd football coach George Chaump went 33-16-1 as Marshall’s football coach from 1986-89. He led the Thundering Herd to their first Division I-AA championship game appearance in 1987. Marshall won its first Southern Conference football championship the following season with an 11-2 record.
Others in the 2013 induction class are football players Chris Crocker and Cecil Fletcher; women’s basketball player Sheila Johnson, volleyball star Jill Mussman O’Brien, track athlete Casey Batey, men’s golf coach and assistant athletic director Buddy Graham, and swimmer Glenn Hartway.