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Herd track will send two to nationals

May. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall University Thundering Herd track team members Vanessa Jules and Crystal Walker will compete in the NCAA nationals starting June 5 in Eugene, Ore., despite a disappointing end to the East Prelims Saturday at North Carolina A&T.

Walker, who had already qualified for the nationals in the long jump Thursday, committed three fouls in her three triple jump attempts Saturday, meaning she did not place in the event. She was one of three athletes in the field of 48 to suffer that fate.

Senior Jasia Richardson fared better, finishing 18th. Her jump was 0.22 meters shy of a qualifying score for nationals.

The women's 4x400 relay team, comprised of senior Amber Pierson, sophomores Loren Dyer and Kearra Haynes and freshman Shanice Johnson, finished last out of eight teams in the first heat, and finished 23rd overall out of 24.

Amanda Kennedy, who finished third in Conference USA in the javelin, finished 41st out of 48 competitors in the Eastern Preliminaries.

Jules had already qualified for nationals in the heptathlon before the Eastern Preliminaries began.

Jules and Walker are two of only three MU track and field athletes to ever qualify for nationals, and their trip to the University of Oregon will continue a historic season for the team, in which it achieved its highest ever national ranking at No. 40, and sent a record eight athletes to the preliminaries.

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