May 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Vanessa Jules set a new Marshall University heptathlon record as the Thundering Herd track and field team ended day-two of the 2012 Conference USA Championships with nine team points and a two-point lead over last-place Tulsa.
Jules, a native of Silver Springs, Md., scored 5216 points in the heptathlon event to finish in third-place and usurp Elaine Derricott’s previous Marshall record of 5139 set at last year’s C-USA Outdoor Championships. It was the second time Jules has finished in the top-three of a multi-stage conference event this year after ending the C-USA Indoor Championships with a second-place finish in the pentathlon. She now holds both the Herd’s indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon records.
Jules’ third-place mark earned the Herd six of its nine total points on Saturday, while Derricott – who won the heptathlon and became Marshall’s first-ever Conference USA Champion a year ago – totaled 5041 points to finish in sixth this time around and claim a further three points for the team total. Memphis’ Xenia Rahn and Houston’s Megan Frausto placed first and second in the event with respective point totals of 5325 and 5241.
Marshall’s heptathlon duo proved to be the Herd’s only point-getters on the day, claiming all nine of the team’s points. Long jumpers Amber Pierson and Crystal Walker were the only others to come close for Marshall, finishing in 12th and 13th place with respective leaps of 5.60 and 5.57m. Senior Brittany Carey, running in her last meet for the team, finished 18th in the 400m dash with a time of 57.47.
“Vanessa and Elaine were outstanding,” said head coach Jeff Small. “We had some disappointments today, but we have a lot of big events coming up for us on Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing how the ladies respond.”
Marshall will get its chance to respond and climb the leaderboard when school record holder Amanda Kennedy
competes in the javelin throw at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The Marshall junior was ranked third in the conference heading into this weekend’s Championships and will be hoping to claim some vital points for the Thundering Herd as it looks to close the gap on the leaders. Marshall will then compete in several more events before closing-out the meet with the 4x400m relay at 9:10 p.m.
For live results from Sunday’s final round of action, heat sheets, a schedule of events, and access to C-USA’s Championship Central, please click the appropriate links below, and be sure to stay tuned to Herdzone.com and Marshall Athletics’ official Twitter, @Herd_Zone, for up-to-date news and results from New Orleans.
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