Jules sixth in heptathlon
EUGENE, Ore. — Vanessa Jules from Marshall University placed sixth Friday in the women’s heptathlon in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Jules held fifth place in the field of 24 athletes entering the second day of the seven-event competition.
“It feels great,” said Jules, a senior from Silver Spring, Md. “I’ve been wanting this my whole four years since I’ve been here. I accomplished everything I wanted. It all came together at the end with conference and now at NCAAs.
“I went out with a bang. It’s all overwhelming and I’m so happy.”
Jules jumped into fourth place with the top long jump performance of the day at 20-feet, 6.5 inches that was a personal record, but fell back in the javelin (116-feet, 2 inches) and the 800-meter run despite posting a personal best time of 2 minutes, 19.63 seconds.
Kansas athlete Lindsay Vollmer won the heptathlon title with 6,086 points followed by Makeba Aldice of Arkansas (6,050), Keia Pinnick of Arizona State (5,984), Erica Bougard from Mississippi State (5,976) and Tanya Friesen of Wichita State (5,899).
Jules was sixth with a Marshall-record 5,865 points. She established the record of 5,807 earlier in the season to win the Conference USA championship.
She was short of her goal of 6,000 points.
“I’m happy with my performance overall,” Jules said. “I kept up with the competition. I still have another shot at USA Trials. I didn’t hit my 6,000, but right now I’m happy, I’m an All-American.”
Jules and Thundering Herd teammate Crystal Walker, who took fifth place in the long jump, both achieved All-American first team honors. Marshall’s only other women’s track and field All-American was Erin Compton after finishing eighth in the discus in 2003.
Marshall ended the meet with nine points, a program record.
Vanessa Jules’ heptathlon performance
100-meter hurdles: 13.39 seconds.
High jump: 5-feet, 8.75 inches.
Shot put: 36-feet, 9.5 inches.
200-meter dash: 24.47 seconds.
Long jump: 20-feet, 6.5 inches.
Javelin: 116-feet, 2 inches.
800-meter run: 2:19.63.
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