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Marshall's Walker hopes to contend in women's long jump

May. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HOUSTON -- Crystal Walker is hoping to soar past the competition at the Conference USA women's track and field championships.

Walker, a Marshall University senior from Dallas, enters the conference meet Thursday through Sunday at the Halloway Field/Ley Track facility at Rice University in Houston listed eighth nationally in the Track and Field Results Reporting System (www.tfrrs.org) and first on the C-USA long jump season performance list.

She had a jump of 20-feet, 10 inches at the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Relays.

Thundering Herd senior Jasia Richardson from Richmond, Va., is ranked 18th by TFRRS and No. 1 in the conference in the triple jump with her 42-4.75 distance at the Hilltopper Relays.

Marshall senior Vanessa Jules from Silver Spring, Md., is 19th on the TFRRS list and first in the C-USA high jump. She cleared a height of 5-11.50 at the Western Kentucky meet.

Competing for the women's title will be all 12 members of C-USA -- East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP.

UCF is the defending champion.

Marshall also has some other athletes in line to score including:

Jules and freshman Shanice Johnson from Franklin Square, N.Y., in the heptathlon.

Amanda Kennedy, a junior from Bentleyville, Pa., had the third-best javelin throw in the conference this season (158-3).

4x400-meter relay, fourth-best C-USA time (3:43.48).

4x100-meter relay, sixth-best conference time (45.97).

3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Paige Govey from Colliers, W.Va., 10th-best conference tie (11:35.25).

100-meter hurdles, Jules (13.68) and freshman Asia Bange of Columbus, Ohio (14.04), seventh and 11th-best CUSA times.

Hammer throw, Amanda Hottenstein, Jr., Fleetwood, Pa., 11th-best throw in C-USA (164-7).

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