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Wagner and von Eynatten Break School Records
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    TAMPA --- 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...

Women's Participants

3000 Meters
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

Cross Country competes at Penn State National
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    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The University of South Florida cross country team competed at the Penn State National on Saturday. The women’s team finished 21st with 601 points, while the men’s team placed 25th with 758 points.

“Our top three runners for both the men’s and women’s teams have been consistent all season,” said cross country coach Dena Reif. “They’ve prepared well and come out and run well in each of our meets. We need our fourth and fifth positions to step up. You’re 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 women’s 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 men’s 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.

Women’s 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

Women's Cross Country Wins FSU Invitational
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - - The University of South Florida women’s 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, USF’s 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 men’s cross country team ...

Cross Country - FSU Invitational Preview
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    TAMPA - - 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 Saturday’s FSU Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla.

Competing alongside the Bulls in this weekend’s 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 women’s 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 Prendergast’s 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.

Cross Country - FSU Invitational Preview
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    ATLANTA, Ga. – Following the top-15 finish of senior Lisa Giblin, the University of South Florida women’s cross country team completed a third-place finish at the Georgia State Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15.

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 women’s 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 third place.

The women’s 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.

USF Track & Field Announces Seven Athletes For Fall Signing Class
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    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 women’s squad and a hurdler and pole vaulter joining the men’s team, the incoming class looks to bolster an already deep contingent for the Bulls next season.

    On the men’s 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.

    Hunter Potalivo, a state champion in the pole vault, comes to USF from Key West. Potralivo’s top height of 15’6” will help make an immediate impact as part of the outdoor team next year.

    The women’s 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 12’11”. Finn, from Liberty High in Bethlehem, Pa., is an indoor state champion and has cleared 12’6”. Webb hails from Valparaiso, Ind., and is ranked among the top 20 in the nation in the pole vault, having also cleared 12’.

    Two Florida recruits, Kristy Cooper of Niceville and Loutisha Hall of Immokalee, aim to reinforce the women’s 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 5’8” 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.”