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Marshall Trio Prepares for NCAA Nationals

Jules will look to cap-off a solid season at the NCAA Prelims

May 22, 2012

Jacksonville, Fla.- The University of North Florida will host the East Preliminary Round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Thursday through Saturday at Hodges Stadium.

Amongst those in participation will be three members of the Marshall University women’s track and field team, a trio that will represent the largest Thundering Herd contingent to participate in the event since the 2007-2008 season.

Each of the three ladies is regionally ranked in the top-25 of her respective event, beginning with Vanessa Jules and her No. 19 ranking in the East Region high jump. The junior from Silver Springs, Md., set a Marshall record with a 5-10.00 leap that is ranked 39th in the nation, and further boasts a top-50 national ranking amongst all heptathlon athletes after posting a score of 5216 at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships earlier in the month. She will participate in the high jump at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Javelin thrower and school record holder Amanda Kennedy will enter the prelims with a No. 24 regional ranking and a No. 67 national ranking after throwing for a season-best distance of 149-7. The Bentleyville, Pa., native finished second in the javelin at the C-USA Outdoor Championships last meet and previously qualified for the NCAA Prelims back in 2010. She will compete in the preliminary round of this year’s javelin throw at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Jasia Richardson will be the Herd’s other participant and will compete in the triple jump at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday after earning regional and national rankings of 25 and 43 with a 12.87m jump earlier in the season. Richardson finished sixth at the recent C-USA Outdoor Championships and third at the C-USA Indoor Championships back in February.

“This is a fantastic honor for all three girls who have qualified for nationals,” said head coach Jeff Small. “We are looking for great performances from all three ladies. If they have outstanding days in their events they each have the potential to advance to the final round, but they will have to bring their A-game to Jacksonville first.”

After the conclusion of the East Preliminary Round, the Final Round of the NCAA Championships will take place in Des Moines, Iowa, during the second week of June. For all the latest information and news related to this weekend’s round of events in Jacksonville, please click on the appropriate links below.

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