MU's Jules, Walker prep for NCAAs
HUNTINGTON -- Vanessa Jules and Crystal Walker from the Marshall Thundering Herd are among the Conference USA women's qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The national meet is June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Jules will compete in the heptathlon where she is ranked No. 2 nationally by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Walker is ranked No. 9 in the high jump.
Jules is listed second among the 24 NCAA qualifiers.
The senior from Silver Spring, Md., won the seven-event heptathlon at the Conference USA meet in Houston with a record point total of 5,807. The old C-USA meet record of 5,571 points was set in 2007 by Gaelle Niare of SMU.
Jules took first place in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, 200-meter dash and long jump while placing fifth in the shot put, fifth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the javelin.
Makeba Alcide from the Arkansas Razorbacks leads the NCAA heptathlon qualifiers with a performance of 5,968 points followed by Jules and Kela Pinnick of Arizona State (5,801) and Erica Bougard from Mississippi State (5,786).
Walker advanced to the national championships with a third-place performance in the long jump at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C.
The senior from Dallas turned in a best jump of 20-feet, 6.50 inches, or 6.26 meters. She was 3 1/2 inches off her personal best.
Andrea Beubelle of the Kansas Jayhawks, the NCAA indoor long jump and triple jump champion, tops the NCAA list with a jump of 6.52 meters. Walker jump ranked 12th among the 24 qualifiers.
C-USA women's NCAA qualifiers
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