Feb. 23, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Marshall's Vanessa Jules posted an impressive second-place effort in the heptathlon Saturday to lead the Herd on the first day of competition at the 2013 Track and Field Championships, which are being held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Herd currently sits in 11th place in the team competition with eight points.
"Today was an up and down day," said Assistant Coach Willie Johnson. "We had some really good things happen, but we also caught a few tough breaks. We have a new day tomorrow and we are excited about the opportunities tomorrow brings."
Jules totaled 3,822 points, which included a first-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles (8.59) and a three-way tie for first in the high jump (1.72 meters). Her throw of 9.15 meters in the shot put tied for ninth, while her long jump of 5.79 meters was second-best. She came in fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30.51. The 3,822 points was just five points off her school record.
Jules also just missed qualifying in the individual 60 meter hurdles, as her time of 8.72 seconds put her ninth overall. Asia Bange's 9.05 time made her 17th and Alecia Daniels' 9.10 mark put her 18th.
Amber Pierson had a strong effort in the preliminary round of the 400 meters, as she qualified for tomorrow's final by finishing seventh in a time of 56.15 seconds, a personal record that was just shy of the school-record time of 56.02. Shanice Johnson (58.69) placed 25th, while Loren Dyer (58.85) was 26th. Pierson became the first Marshall 400m finals qualifier since the program joined Conference USA in 2005-06.
Marshall's Distance Medley Relay team of Paige Govey
, Hadassah Lynch
, Lexie McEntire and Celia Leonard
finished just one spot out of scoring with its ninth-place effort in a time of 12:20.82. That time was just one second off the school record of 12:19.79.
The Herd's trio of Crystal Walker, Pierson and Elaine Derricott finished just out of the points in the Long Jump as Walker was ninth with a 5.70 meter performance, followed by Pierson in 10th at 5.67 and Derricott in 11th at 5.65.
In the 60 meter prelims, Shyra Molton took 15th in a time of 7.66 seconds, followed by Delkira Maybin's time of 7.79, which placed her 20th.
Amanda Hottenstein took 16th in the weight throw with a 15.57 meter effort, while Bethany Drury's mark of 14.58 meters placed 20th.
The Herd had four compete in the 200 meter prelims as Molton's personal record time of 25.05 placed her 16th, followed by Johnson's 25.39 (19th), Maybin's 25.40 (20th) and Kearra Haynes' 26.07 (26th).
The event concludes Sunday afternoon with scheduled finals (in order) in the high jump, shot put, triple jump, one mile run, 400 meters, 60 meter hurdles, 60 meter dash, 800 meters, 200 meters, 3000 meters and 4x400 relay.
Marshall's Jasia Richardson is currently C-USA's leader in the Triple Jump, while Jules is ranked third in the High Jump.
The 4x400 relay team enters tomorrow's race seeded seventh.
Dyer is ranked 12th in the Triple Jump and Hottenstein is 13th in the Shot Put, followed closely by Drury, who is 15th.