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Marshall's Jules will have to settle for heptathlon

May. 24, 2013 @ 11:40 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall University senior Vanessa Jules couldn't grab a qualifying spot for nationals Friday in the 100-meter hurdles or the high jump at the NCAA East Preliminary Round track and field competition at North Carolina A&T.

Fortunately, Jules already has a spot in the women's national finals starting June 5 in Eugene, Ore., in the heptathlon.

Jules was the only Marshall athlete competing Friday, finishing 17th in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 73/4 inches (1.72 meters) and placing 47th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.12 seconds.

On Thursday, teammate Crystal Walker notched a spot in the nationals after finishing third in the long jump.

Amanda Kennedy will compete Saturday for the Thundering Herd in the javelin while Shanice Jonson, Loren Dyer, Kearra Haynes and Amber Pierson run the 4x400.

Walker and Jasia Richardson will compete in the triple jump on Sunday, the final day of preliminary competition.

Marshall entered the competition ranked No. 40 in the country, the highest ranking the track and field team has ever attained. Jules and Walker are two of only three Herd athletes to ever qualify for the NCAA national championships.

The last time Marshall University sent an athlete to nationals was in 2003.

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