Walker Takes Third in Long Jump at NCAA Prelims|
May 23, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Thundering Herd senior Crystal Walker qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the long jump after claiming third place in the East Preliminaries with a leap of 6.26 meters on Thursday.
Walker, ranked fifth in the East entering the event, became the third member of the Herd to qualify for the national meet, following Erin Compton in 2003 and senior Vanessa Jules this season. Compton qualified in the hammer throw while Jules did so in the heptathlon.
Walker was three and a half inches off her personal best and only one and a quarter inches off UCF’s Jen Clayton (6.29m) who won the event.
Jules, Marshall’s only other competitor in Thursday’s portion of the East Prelims, leapt to a distance of 6.00 meters in the long jump and took 21st in the field of 46. Jules was ranked 35th entering the event and missed her personal best of 6.10 meters which she recorded two weeks ago at the Conference USA Championships.
Friday’s action at Irwin Belk Track inside North Carolina A&T’s Aggie Stadium will see Jules compete in two more events. Jules will start off with the 100 meter hurdles at 5 p.m. before turning her attention to the high jump, set to begin at 6 p.m. Jules ranks 14th in the high jump and set her personal best of 1.82 meters at the WKU Hilltopper Relays on April 13.