Jules, Walker Head to NCAA Championships


Crystal Walker will compete in the NCAA Championships on Wednesday.

Crystal Walker will compete in the NCAA Championships on Wednesday.

June 4, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Vanessa Jules and Crystal Walkerwill represent Marshall at the NCAA Track and Field Championships held June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Walker, a first-team All-Conference USA performer, will compete in the long jump at 7:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday. She qualified with a jump of 6.26 meters (20-feet-6.5-inches), good for third place at the NCAA East Preliminaries. She holds the school-record in the event with a season-best jump of 6.35 meters (20-10). Ranking each by their best jumps, Walker is tied for ninth in Thursday's field of 24.

Jules, the Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year, will compete in the heptathlon starting on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET with the 100 meter hurdles. The two-day event concludes on Friday. She enters the event with the nation's second best score of 5,807, which is a school-record as well as a C-USA record. Makeba Alcide, a senior from Arkansas, enters with a top point total of 5,968 while Keia Pinnick, a senior from Arizona State, ranks just behind Jules with score of 5,801.

The last Herd student-athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships was Erin Comptonwho finished eighth in the discus in 2003. Prior to this season, Compton was Marshall's only NCAA All-American. Jules and Walker are All-Americans just by being among the top 24 in the country, the size of the field competing in each event this weekend. Those who place in the top eight, which contribute to the team score, are named first team, the next eight, 9-16 are on the second team. The remaining eight participants receive honorable mention All-American honors.

Live results for the NCAA Championships can be found on Flash Results and a full recap and results will be available daily on HerdZone.com.

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the majority of the meet between ESPN3 and ESPNU, with supplementary webcasting on the Pac-12 Live Stream.