Jules best in C-USA
HUNTINGTON — Honors continue coming for Marshall University track and field athlete Vanessa Jules.
The senior from Silver Spring, Md., was named Thursday as the Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Year, an award voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Jules was previously recognized as the Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America. She also achieved All-American status at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
At the NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore, Jules finished sixth in the heptathlon, a seven-event competition that includes the long jump, javelin, 800-meter run, 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter run.
She was the C-USA champion in the heptathlon and high jump while placing sixth in the 100-meter hurdles to earn Performance of the Meet honors. Her performance of 5,807 points in the heptathlon was a conference and school record.
Jules set Thundering Herd records this season in the heptathlon, high jump (5-feet, 11.5 inches) and 100-meter hurdles (13.67 seconds).
She will be competing in the heptathlon June 20-23 at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Antony Rotich from UTEP is the C-USA Male Track Athlete of the Year. The sophomore from Kenya won the NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:21.19. Rotich was a conference champion in the 1,500-meter run (3:43.01), 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:39.44) and 5,000-meter run (14:25.92).
C-USA awarded its female track athlete of the year honors to UCF sophomore Octavious Freeman, an All-American in the 100-meter run, 200-meter run and 4x100-meter relay.
Manuel Ziegler from Memphis received the C-USA male field athlete award after a runner-up NCAA finish in the triple jump (55-feet, 1 inch).
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