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Jules in the middle of heptathlon pack at USA Outdoor championships

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- After representing Marshall University at the NCAA track and field nationals earlier this month, Vanessa Jules, the now former Herd standout, made her first "unattached" appearance at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium Thursday in the senior heptathlon.

Jules she finished the day in ninth place in a field of 17.

The heptathlon is comprised of seven events -- the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run.

Jules competed in four of those events Thursday, finishing fourth in the 100-meter with a time of 13.44 seconds, sixth in the high jump at 5 feet, 83/4 inches, and 15th in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 101/4 inches. Jules finished ninth in the 200-meter, with a time of 24.26 seconds.

The long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run will take place Friday.

Former West Virginia University track athlete Chelsea Carrier-Eades won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.91 seconds. Carrier-Eades sits in third place while 2012 U.S. Olympian Sharon Day is in first place.

Marshall freshman Asia Bange from Columbus, Ohio, competed Friday in the 100-meter hurdles for junior women age 14 to 20.

Bange had a heat time of 14.87 seconds and didn't advance to the finals.

Sasha Wallace, a high school hurdler from California, was the fastest qualifer (13.86) and took first place in the finals with a time of 13.84 seconds.

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