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Marshall's Jules, Bange facing top track competition

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall Thundering Herd women's track and field athletes Vanessa Jules and Asia Bange are stepping into the big time.

Jules is competing in the heptathlon against some Olympic athletes at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships that begin Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Bange is in the 100-meter hurdles at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the same venue.

Participants in the heptathlon include 2012 U.S. Olympic team members Sharon Day and Chantae McMillan who placed 16th and 29th respectively at the London Olympics.

Day, 28, was the runner-up in the 2012 USA Olympic Trials with a score of 6,343 points. She won the heptathlon at the 2011 USA outdoor championship meet. The Los Angeles resident also made the 2008 Olympic team in the high jump.

McMillan, 25, lives in Gainesville, Fla. She was third in the 2012 USA Olympic Trials with 6,188 points.

Jules, 22, is a Marshall senior from Silver Spring, Md., who placed sixth June 7 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a score of 5,865.

Bange is an entry in the junior nationals for athletes age 14 to 20.

California high school star leads the 100-meter hurdles field with a qualifying mark of 13.43 seconds followed by University of Arizona hurdler Traci Hicks with a time of 13.59 seconds.

Marshall's Bange, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, met the qualifying standard with a time of 14.03 seconds in the C-USA meet. She was the 2012 Ohio Division I state champion in the event.

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