Sixth Place Finish Makes Jules an All-American


Vanessa Jules in the 200 meter run on Thursday.

Vanessa Jules in the 200 meter run on Thursday.

June 7, 2013

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EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Vanessa Jules finished sixth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships Friday at Hayward Field and in doing so, became a first team All-American.

Jules joined teammate Crystal Walker, who finished fifth in the long jump on Wednesday, and Erin Compton, who finished eighth place in the discus in 2003, as the program's only NCAA All-Americans.

"It feels great," Jules said. "I've been wanting this my whole four years since I've been here. I accomplished everything I wanted. It all came together at the end with conference and now at NCAAs. I went out with a bang. It's all overwhelming and I'm so happy."

Jules broke the school record she set at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships earlier this season (5,807) with 5,865 points. The Silver Springs, Md. native started the day in fifth place after completing four events on Thursday.

On Friday, Jules had the best long jump in the 24 person field with a personal best leap of 6.26 meters (20-6.5) which earned her 930 points. She received 579 points in the javelin before concluding the heptathlon with a personal best 800 meter run of 2:19.63 for 829 points.

Jules entered the meet with a goal of 6,000 points, but was more than pleased with Friday's outcome.

"I'm happy with my performance overall," Jules said. "I kept up with the competition. I still have another shot at USA trials. I didn't hit my 6,000, but right now I'm happy, I'm an All-American."

Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas won the event with 6,086 points, barley edging out Makeba Alcide of Arkansas who was second with 6,050 points. Arizona State's Keia Pinnick finished third with 5,984 points, Mississippi State's Erica Bougard was fourth with 5,976 points and Tanya Friesen was fifth with 5,899 points. Lucie Ondraschkova finished just in behind Jules, in seventh place, with 5,853 points.

As a team, Marshall finished with nine points, a program record.

The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 20-23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Jules qualified for the event with her performance at the C-USA meet.