--- The University of South Florida track and field team honored
their seniors at the Bulls Invitational on Friday and broke two
school records along the way.
"Anytime you have school records, it's always good,"
said head coach Warren Bye. "Overall, we had good performances
but I could tell we've been off for a week [because of spring break].
We'll get them back into class, into rhythm and into the routine
and get them back to what they need to do."
Denise von Eynatten broke the outdoor school pole vault record
for the second time in her career, jumping a height of 14-0 to take
home first place. The All-American had previously set the school
record back in 2008 with a leap of 13-5.25.
Also with the mark, von Eynatten qualifies for the BIG EAST Outdoor
Championships in May...
Senior Kristy Cooper also set a new PR
in the 3000 meter run with a time of 10:30.69, over a minute faster
than her time last week at the USF Open (11.43.42). Her previous
PR was 11:27.42, which she set back in 2009.
Junior Lauren Noe also had a big day. In the hammer throw, she
set a new personal record with a toss of 182-4, which is also a
BIG EAST qualifying mark...
2. Allie Prendergast, 9:56.02
9. Devin Spoerle, 10:26.10
13. Kristy Cooper, 10:30.69
17. Jessie Prendergast, 10:48.47
23. Alicia McLean, 12:07.73
COLLEGE, Pa. The University of South Florida cross country
team competed at the Penn State National on Saturday. The womens
team finished 21st with 601 points, while the mens team placed
25th with 758 points.
Our top three runners for both the mens and womens
teams have been consistent all season, said cross country
coach Dena Reif. Theyve prepared well and come out and
run well in each of our meets. We need our fourth and fifth positions
to step up. Youre only as strong as your weakest link and
right now, we need to find some runners who are going to step up
and score higher in those fourth and fifth spots.
Junior Yasmin Smith was the top finisher for the womens team,
placing 59th with a personal-best 22:11 in the 6K race. Nicole Rozario
finished 65th despite falling in the first mile and clocked a time
of 22:17. Shaniel Chambers was third for the Bulls in 124th place
(23:06), while Devin Spoerle (23:54) and
Kristy Cooper (24:25) rounded out the top five.
Senior Pedro Carela again led the mens team, finishing 101st
with a time of 27:05 in the 5.2-mile race. Phillip Wise was second
for the Bulls, placing 135th in 27:49. Lucas Simari clocked a 28:28
to cross the line 161st, while Julian Gines (182nd, 30:25) and Sean
Foster (186th, 30:35) capped the scoring.
The Bulls will return to the course this Friday, Oct. 22 at the
Florida Southern Invitational in Lakeland, Fla.
Womens Individual Results
59. Yasmin Smith, 22:11 (PR)
65. Nicole Rozario, 22:17
124. Shaniel Chambers, 23:06
165. Devin Spoerle, 23:54
188. Kristy Cooper, 24:25
196. Kristi Degraw-Higgins, 24:39
209. Leandra Mikos, 25:04 (PR)
294. Erica Anderson, 26:00
Country Wins FSU Invitational
This article has been edited. Click here
for full article
Fla. - - The University of South Florida womens cross country
team, competing in its third meet of the season, won the FSU Invitational
with a team total of just 38 points. The Bulls clinched their
second victory of the season, with the first coming in the opening
weekend at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge.
The women gave a really nice effort this week, said
USF head coach Warren Bye. We can get even better every week.
At the FSU Invitational, USFs team title was followed up
by as second place finish from the University of Tampa with 67 points
and UCF coming in third with 99. Yasmin Smith paced the Bulls and
the meet by taking first place overall in the 5K after crossing
the line before the large field of competitors in 17:54. Nicole
Rozario came in third individually and second among USF runners
after stopping the clock in 18:12. Jen Wynands set a personal record
of 18:24 at the meet en route to a seventh place showing while Allie
Prendergast also chimed in with a personal best of 18:31 while taking
12th. Next to complete the course for the Bulls was Christine Johnston,
who did so in 18:47. The time by Johnston earned her a 15th place
finish. Devin Spoerle put together a time of an even 19:00 to place
22nd. Spoerle rounded out a group of six USF freshmen that led the
team at the Invitational. Senior Pernilla Savestrand came in 25th
after running the 5K in 19:02 while Kristy
Cooper clocked a time of 20:27.
Meanwhile, the University of South Florida mens cross country
- - After running two successful meets at the UCF Black and Gold
Challenge along with the Mountain Dew Invitational, the University
of South Florida cross country teams will run at this Saturdays
FSU Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla.
Competing alongside the Bulls in this
weekends event will be a variety of teams around the Sunshine
State including most notably UCF, Embry-Riddle, Florida, Florida
A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Southern,
Florida State, Florida Tech, North Florida, St. Thomas and Tampa.
The womens cross country team
will send 14 student-athletes to compete in the meet held at the
Miccosukee Greenway Park. Within the group will be four upperclassmen
with two seniors, Danielle Harris and Pernilla Savestrand, and two
juniors, Kelly Savery and Rebecca Zulhke.
Included for the Bulls will also be
three sophomores, Natalie Brethauer, Kristy
Cooper and Leandra Mikos, as well as seven freshmen,
Kaylee Brown, Christine Johnston, Allie Prendergast, Nicole Rozario,
Yasmin Smith, Devin Spoerle and Jen Wynands.
At the season-opening UCF Black and
Gold Challenge, the Bulls were led by Prendergasts meet-winning
time of 19:02.92 in the 5K. Smith came in just seconds after her
teammate for second overall as the duo propelled the USF team to
a first place finish at the event.
Last week in Gainesville, USF was able
to place second, behind only the host Florida Gators. Smith had
the best time amongst the Bulls after completing the course in 18:17.77,
an effort that earned the freshman eighth place overall.
Ga. Following the top-15 finish of senior Lisa Giblin, the
University of South Florida womens cross country team completed
a third-place finish at the Georgia State Invitational Saturday,
Giblin cut the tape first for the Bulls for the second straight
week. The Tallahassee, Fla., native took 12th overall in a time
of 20:11.46 in the womens 5K run.
Newcomer Kristy Cooper crossed the line
second, at 20:41.62 for 20th overall. Cooper was followed
by another native of Tallahassee, Kelly Savery, who finished the
race in 26th place with a time of 20:55.13.
Rebecca Zuhlke and Natalie Brethauer rounded out the top five for
USF, running times of 21:56.62 and 22:36.13, respectively.
USF averaged 21:16.20 to come in ahead of Mercer University for
The womens cross country team will travel across the state
next Saturday, Sept. 22 for the Embry Riddle Invitational in Daytona.
The meet will mark the midway point of the season for the Bulls.
TAMPA, Fla. (May
22, 2007) Five state champions highlight the 2007-08 University
of South Florida track & field signing class, as announced by
head coach Warren Bye on Tuesday, May 22.
With three pole
vaulters, a high jumper and a distance runner added to the womens
squad and a hurdler and pole vaulter joining the mens team,
the incoming class looks to bolster an already deep contingent for
the Bulls next season.
On the mens
side, Ocala native Glenn Fowler strengthens the hurdle corps as
a transfer from Wallace State CC in Hanceville, Ala. In addition
to being a high school state champion with top times of 14.20 seconds
in the 110m hurdles and 52.65 seconds in the 400m hurdles, Fowler
achieved status as a Junior College Indoor All-American.
Potalivo, a state champion in the pole vault, comes to USF from
Key West. Potralivos top height of 156 will help
make an immediate impact as part of the outdoor team next year.
team adds Stephanie Duffy, Becki Finn and Dana Webb to its pole
vault ranks. Duffy, a two-time New York state champion and All-American
out of Washingtonville, N.Y., owns a top height of 1211.
Finn, from Liberty High in Bethlehem, Pa., is an indoor state champion
and has cleared 126. Webb hails from Valparaiso, Ind.,
and is ranked among the top 20 in the nation in the pole vault,
having also cleared 12.
Florida recruits, Kristy Cooper of Niceville and Loutisha
Hall of Immokalee, aim to reinforce the
womens squad in distance and high jump events. Cooper looks
to play an important role on the cross country team, owning a top
time in the 5K run of 18:43. She will most likely also see action
on the track in long distance runs. Hall is a state champion
capable of clearing 58 in the high jump and is ranked
among the top 20 in the country in the event.
This is a
solid group of athletes for our cross country/track & field
program, Bye said. They are immediate impact athletes
in the BIG EAST Conference and at the national level.