Friday, 12 July 2013 15:57

Vanessa Jules, Daniel Withrow 2012-13 Marshall Student-Athletes of the Year

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s Vanessa Jules (track and field) and Daniel Withrow (men’s soccer) have been named Marshall Athletics’ 2012-13 Student-Athletes of the Year.

“It's a true honor to be named Marshall's Student Athlete of the Year,” Withrow said on Twitter (@Withrow26).

“I owe a huge thank you to all who helped make my time there special.”

The male award is named for longtime Herd Associate Director of Athletics Ed Starling, who was also a basketball assistant coach and an interim Director of Athletics on three occasions in 25+ years at Marshall.

Starling, a graduate of West Virginia State and member of its national championship team of the late 1940s, is a member of the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame.

The female award is named for Dr. Dorothy Hicks, the pioneer in women’s athletics at Marshall, a former golf coach, Director of Women’s Athletics and first female president of the Southern Conference.

Hicks is also a member of the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame, serves on the HOF committee and the Marshall softball facility is named in her honor.


Jules had arguably the best season in the history of Marshall track and field — and possibly any Herd student-athlete in any sport — for Coach Jeff Small this past season.

She earned first-team All-American honors in the heptathlon, an event in which she also qualified for the USA Championships.

She was also named Mid-Atlantic Region and Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year, winning the C-USA title in the heptathlon and the outdoor high jump.

She is currently the Marshall record-holder in the indoor 300-meter run, indoor high jump, outdoor 200-meter run, outdoor high jump, pentathlon, outdoor 60-meter hurdles, heptathlon and outdoor 200-meter hurdles.

Jules hopes to turn professional in track and field, and will return to Marshall this fall to finish her degree.

Withrow started all 17 games in goal for the Thundering Herd (11-5-1) of Coach Bob Gray this season, recording 77 saves and setting Marshall single-season (9.5) and career (21.5) shutout records.

He led the nation with a save percentage of 0.895, ranked third in goals against average (0.524) and earned NCAA All-Midwest Region honors after being named the program's first Co-Conference USA Player of the Year.

A three-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, the goalkeeper became the third Thundering Herd student-athlete to be drafted in to Major League Soccer when he was picked 66th overall by the Columbus Crew.

Withrow, given No. 40 by the Crew, is currently in the Reserve League, backing up starter Matt Lampson in each match thus far.

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