Jules set a school and C-USA record by scoring 5,807 points to win the heptathlon. That beat her score from last season's conference outdoor championships by nearly 600 points and has her seeded second going into nationals. Also the conference champion in the high jump, Jules was named Monday as the Mid-Atlantic region's women's field athlete of the year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She was joined by assistant Coach Willie Johnson, who guides the Herd in sprints, hurdles and jumps and was named the Mid-Atlantic women's assistant coach of the year.
Jules set personal records in five of the heptathlon's seven events at the C-USA championships. Yet she feels she can go further and accomplish even more this weekend. She didn't enter the conference meet with a specific score in mind. All she wanted was to contribute as many points as she could to Marshall's team score.
This weekend, though, she does have her sights set on a big number.
"I want to score 6,000, 6,000-plus," she said. "I'm capable of scoring 6,000-plus. I've had a good two weeks of practices, so it should be something special when I get to Eugene."
With Jules and Walker in front, the Marshall women's track and field team this year reached heights never before seen. The Herd had never finished higher than 11th at the C-USA championships before finishing a stunning fifth in May. Now Jules and Walker will continue this banner season on the biggest stage in collegiate track and field.
It still hasn't sunk in for them yet, the enormity of what they've accomplished and the possibility of what lies ahead at nationals. They figure that, once they start warming up at the University of Oregon's Heyward Field, it'll hit them. But Small knows what their presence in Eugene means to Marshall's program. And he knows that, even though the Herd has never sent a tandem to the NCAA national meet, Jules and Walker will be ready for the spotlight.
"They're really going to go out with a bang out there," he said. "It's going to be a great place to compete."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.