July 12, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall's Vanessa Jules (track and field) and Daniel Withrow (men's soccer) have been named Marshall Athletics' 2012-13 Student-Athletes of the Year.
The male award is named for longtime Herd coach and administrator Ed Starling, while the female award is named for Dr. Dorothy Hicks, who founded women's athletics at Marshall and is a member of the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jules had arguably the best season in program history, earning first-team All-American honors in the heptathlon, an event in which she also qualified for the USA Championships. She was also named Mid-Atlantic Region and Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year, winning the league title in the heptathlon and the outdoor high jump. She is currently the school record-holder in the heptathlon, indoor 300 meters, indoor high jump, outdoor 200 meters, outdoor high jump, pentathlon, 60 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles.
Withrow started all 17 games in goal for the Thundering Herd (11-5-1) this season, recording 77 saves and setting Marshall single-season (9.5) and career (21.5) shutout records. He led the nation with a save percentage of 0.895, ranked third in goals against average (0.524) and earned NCAA All-Midwest Region honors after being named the program's first Co-Conference USA Player of the Year. A three-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, the goalkeeper became the third Thundering Herd student-athlete to be drafted in to Major League Soccer when he was picked 66th overall by the Columbus Crew.