May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La.- A torrential downpour and untimely lightning delays threatened to put a damper on the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, but after trudging through the inclement weather and fighting-off a host of opponents, the Marshall University women’s track and field team witnessed heptathlon competitors Elaine Derricott and Vanessa Jules finish day one in the top-five.
The junior duo posted a series of positive results in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200m dash of the multi-event competition, ending Friday in the top-five with just three more events to go. Jules, who placed second in the pentathlon at the C-USA Indoor Championships back in February, appears to be in the best position heading into Saturday, currently residing in second-place with 3181 points. Only Houston’s Megan Frausto, who usurped Jules at the Indoor Championships, is ranked higher with a score of 3212.
Jules found herself in second place by winning the 100m hurdle event with a time of 14.02, and by setting personal bests in the shot put and 200m dash, with respective marks of 10.09m and 25.00 seconds. The Silver Springs, Md., native’s 200m dash time was good enough for second-place, and her fourth-place finish in the high jump made it three top-five finishes in the four events.
Derricott, who became Marshall’s first ever C-USA Champion by winning the heptathlon at last year’s Outdoor Championships, also found success on the day, concluding Friday in fifth-place after leaping to a sixth-place, personal best high jump mark of 1.61m and throwing the shot put a second-place distance of 11.77m. The Richmond, Va., native currently has 3081 points, and sits just 56 points outside of a top-three spot.
The Thundering Herd had several other athletes also competing on day one, as Elizabeth Barnhart and Amanda Hottenstein took part in the hammer throw. Barnhart finished third in her flight and 12th overall with a toss of 44.37m, while Hottenstein’s 15th-place distance of 42.49 fell just short of setting a new personal record. Barnhart missed out on claiming points for the Herd by a mere four spots. Elsewhere, Leslie Thomas was scheduled to compete in the 10,000m run, but did not finish the race.
“We had some pluses and minuses, but all in all it was a pretty good day,” said Marshall head coach Jeff Small
. “We’ll see how it goes from here.”
“We did not have everything go our way today, but that is why it is a competition,” added assistant coach Willie Johnson. “It is a fight to the finish and we have three events left in the heptathlon tomorrow. I think day one has left us in a good position to finish strong.”
Jules, Derricott, and the rest of the Herd will resume action first thing on Saturday morning with the heptathlon long jump at 11:00 a.m. The standard women’s shot put and long jump events will take place at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, while the women’s 1500m run, 110m hurdles, 400m dash, 100m dash, 800m run, 400m hurdles, 200m run, and 3000m steeplechase will run throughout the evening beginning at 6:15 p.m.
For a complete list of the athletes and the events they will be competing in, please click the heat sheets link. A schedule of events, access to C-USA Championship Central, and Live Results from tomorrow, as well as a complete list of Friday’s Results may also be found by clicking the appropriately titled links below.
Friday’s Results | Championship Central | Live Results | Heat Sheets | Schedule of Events