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30 Track and Field Student-Athletes Earn All-Academic Recognition
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TAMPA, JULY 31, 2015 – The women's track and field program led USF with 30 student-athletes on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

The men's track and field team had 10 recognized while men's cross country had four. The women's cross country team had 14 represented.

USF Athletics saw 89 student-athletes earn their degrees in the last two semesters and the program posted an overall grade-point average of 3.0 among it’s nearly 500 student-athletes in the 2015 spring academic period.

View a complete list of honorees all-academic honorees HERE.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have competed in an American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.

The USF football program matched a program record set last year as 23 players earned all-academic honors, including 2014 All-conference punter and 2015 Ray Guy Award candidate Mattias Ciabatti and Mackey Award candidate Sean Price. The Bulls have now seen players earn 46 academic all-conference honors in the first two seasons under Head Coach Willie Taggart.

Two-time all-conference guard and World University Games gold medalist Courtney Williams was one of 10 members of USF’s NCAA Tournament qualifying women’s basketball team to make the list. Freshman All-American Kevin Merrell was one of 15 members of the NCAA qualifying USF baseball team to earn recognition.

All eight members of the women’s tennis team earned recognition. Other Bulls teams earning representation in Thursday’s All-Academic announcement included softball (17), women’s soccer (14), women's cross country (14), volleyball (13), men’s track and field (9), women’s tennis (8), men’s tennis (6), men’s soccer (6), men’s cross country (4), men’s basketball (2).

USF continues to excel in the classroom.

The Bulls earned a record graduation success rate (GSR) of 83 percent last fall and followed that with all 18 of USF’s evaluated programs exceeded the NCAA’s minimum Academic Progress Rate standards and all but one earning an APR score of 950 or better. USF saw nine of its program’s post APR scores that rank among the top three in their sport in the American Athletic Conference. The football team posted a score of 970 to rank third in The American and third among 11 collegiate football programs in the state of Florida.

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Arnold

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Jessica

Barquero

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Jamie

Brenner

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Brown

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Carrozza

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Clay

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USF Women, Two Individuals Earn Academic Honors
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TAMPA, JULY 20, 2015 – USF’s Emily Clay, Rachael Klinger and the entire women’s track and field team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their work on the track and in the classroom.

It was the ninth consecutive season for the women’s team to earn the award. USF did so by posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.34, well above the prerequisite of 3.00. The team GPA was improved over last year’s 3.26.

The all-academic team is comprised of student-athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either finished the indoor season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships during the outdoor season.

Clay, the American Athletic Conference runner-up during the indoor season, was an NCAA qualifier in the pole vault during outdoor with a season-best height of 13 feet, 1.5 inches (4.00m). The Normal, Ill., native battled through injuries during the outdoor season to finished 39th at the NCAA East Preliminary with a height of 12-10.75 (3.93m). She graduated in May with a 3.54 GPA and a degree in health science.

Klinger was a third-team all-conference selection in the pentathlon during the indoor season. The Niceville, Fla., native finished the outdoor season with a national ranking of 56th in the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,122 points she scored at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. That point total ranks as the second-best in school history. Klinger graduated in May with a 3.57 GPA and was a double major in health science and exercise science.

Led by 10th-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 21 All-Americans (eight men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in seven of the last eight years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


Babinec, Bell Earn All-Conference Honors
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STORRS, Conn., MAY 16, 2015 – USF’s Michael Babinec and Kevin Bell earned all-conference honors on Saturday at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Storrs, Conn.

Bell, a senior from Jacksonville, jumped 24 feet, 1.75 inches (7.36m) in his sixth and final attempt to place second and earn second team all-conference honors. It was an impressive effort from Bell, the indoor conference champion, who has missed most of the outdoor season due to a foot injury.

“I’ve been hurt all year, but I got some practice in this week just to get used to being on the runway again,” said Bell. “I got out here and I was really just going for it. I didn’t have any expectations. I was just trying to do the best I could.”

He was less than four inches shy of the conference champion Devon Breaux of Tulane who had a winning jump of 24-5.50 (7.45m).

Babinec, a junior from Riverview, Fla., placed third in the 3,000m steeplechase in a personal-best time of 9:10.84. Babinec, who finished fifth in the event last season, led the race with two laps to go, but was passed by Cincinnati’s Tyler Ross who went on to win the event (9:04.33). With under two laps remaining, Babinec found himself in a battle with another Bearcat, Dan Huben. Babinec led Huben for all but the final 20 meters. In the end, the Cincinnati freshman edged Babinec by .63 seconds.

“It was a tough race,” said Babinec. “It was slow at first, but then at about six laps in, that’s when the race really started. I was digging as deep as I could go on the last lap, but the Cincinnati guys dug a little deeper than me. Still, it feels really good to end the season with a PR.”

Men’s Pole Vault
USF picked up four points in the event and it was from the Fort Lauderdale duo of senior David Shepherd and junior Winston Perry. Perry cleared the second-best height of his career of 16-8 (5.08m) to finish sixth. Shepherd, who had been bothered with a back injury in recent weeks, finished in eighth place with a height of 15-10 (4.83m). Winning the event with the third-best height in the country was Cincinnati freshman Adrian Valles (18-6.50, 5.65m).

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase
Sophomore Melissa Westmoreland (Jupiter, Fla.) finished seventh in a time of 11:24.51 which was a personal-best time of 27 seconds. Sarah Hartman (Tampa) finished 11th in 11:38.55 and junior Bethany Evens (Neptune Beach, Fla.) was 13th in 11:52.01.

Women’s Long Jump
Senior Natasha Stewart (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished 13th in the long jump with a distance of 18-5.00 (5.61m). Junior Torriah Bell (Quincy, Fla.) finished right behind Stewart in 14th with a distance of 18-4.50 (5.60m).

Women’s Javelin
Junior Onalee Collins (North Haven, Conn.) had a season best throw in her home state of 129-11 (39.59m) and finished ninth. Senior’s Rachael Klinger (114-06, 34.90m) and Lindsay Arnold (104-01, 31.72m) finished 14th and 15th, respectively.

Men’s High Jump
Sophomore Justin Jack (Orlando) finished 12th with a height of 6-5 (1.96m). Senior Giscard Petion (Tampa) was 14th in the event with a height of 6-3.25 (1.91m).

Men’s 400m Dash (Prelims)
Junior Dwight Davis (Hollywood, Fla.) qualified for Sunday’s final by winning his heat. His time of 47.39 was the second best in the field.

Men’s 100m Dash (Prelims)
Sophomore Roshard Williams (Tallahassee, Fla.) qualified for Sunday’s final in a time of 10.88, the sixth-fastest time in the field. The rest of the Bulls in the 100m dash were Chareif Lewis (14th, 11.13), Dae Young Yoon (15th, 11.29) and Kevin Bell (16th, 12.22).

Women’s 100m Dash (Prelims)
Junior Kadeidra Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) finished 15th in a time of 12.36.

Women’s 100m Hurdles (Prelims)
Junior Laticia Sims (Detroit) won her heat with a time of 14.07 to qualify for Sunday’s final. She will be seeded fifth. Senior Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills, Fla.) finished 14th at 14.61 and senior Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) finished 16th at 14.70.

Men’s 110m Hurdles (Prelims)
Junior Bruce Barclay was on his way to qualifying for the finals, neck-and-neck with three others after the final hurdle. However, the newcomer tripped after the final hurdle and fell to the track. He crossed the finish line in 11th place at 15.87.

Women’s 400m Dash (Prelims)
Sophomore Tiah Sanborn (Lake Worth, Fla.) finished 16th in a time of 57.23. Sophomore Josephine Gulston (Coconut Creek, Fla.) finished 22nd in a time of 1:00.21.


Arnold’s Heptathlon Leads Bulls on Day 2
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STORRS, Conn., MAY 15, 2015 – In the final heptathlon of her career, senior Lindsay Arnold seized the moment with a lifetime-best performance at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday.

The Zephyrhills, Fla. native scored 5,037 points, 224 better than her previous best of 4,813 earlier this season. Arnold, who led after four events on Thursday, finished in fourth place and earned five points for the USF women’s team which will enter Saturday in sixth place with 14.50 points.

A career-best total required some career-best results in many of the seven events. Arnold came up with three including the high jump (5-1, 7th, 678 pts), shot put (39-8, 1st, 667 pts) and long jump (18-2.25, 4th, 712 pts). She was third in the 100m hurdles (14.32, 934 pts), second in the 200m (25.51, 841 pts), 10th in the javelin (99-04, 482 pts) and sixth in the 800m (2:27.52, 723 pts).

“Never in a million years did I think I would be leading conference after the first day,” said Arnold. “Going into this I was thinking that this will be my last meet ever and I put in so much hard work over the years. Getting 5,000 points was my goal coming into the meet. These past five years, I’ve worked my butt and it felt so awesome to do so well.”

Fellow senior Rachael Klinger finished in fifth place with 5,000 points. The Niceville, Fla. native finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.38, 925 pts), third in the high jump (5-3.25, 747 pts), fifth in the shot put (37-0.5, 614 pts), seventh in the 200m (26.42), eighth in the long jump (17-6.25, 654 pts), seventh in the javelin (115-05, 575 pts) and fifth in the 800m (2:27.62, 724 pts).

It was the final heptathlon for both Arnold and Klinger, who are two of the best to ever compete in the event for USF. Klinger’s career best of 5,122 ranks as the second-best in school history and Arnold’s 5,037 ranks fourth on the list. It’s been quite the five years for the two Floridians who have known each other since high school.

“It’s been a great five years here,” said Klinger. “We actually met on the starting line in high school in the finals of the hurdles. It’s been a journey to go from being a hurdler to being a high jumper and learning all of these events together. Lindsay has been with me the entire time and seeing her do so well today, it was truly a great ending to her career.”

Women’s Discus Throw
Junior Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth, Ohio) finished 15th with a throw of 123-0 (37.50m). Junior Rebecca Evans (Winter Springs, Fla.) finished 17th in the event with a distance of 118-2 (36.02m).

Men’s Discus Throw
After being seeded eighth in the event, junior Charvin Graham (Homestead, Fla.) placed sixth with a throw of 165-7 (50.48m). He earned a medal and produced three points for the Bulls towards the team standings.

Women’s Pole Vault
Senior Ashleigh Lewis (Port St. Joe, Fla.) tied for eighth with a height of 12-6.25 (3.82m). Senior Brittany London (Middleville, Mich.) finished 11th at 12-00.50 (3.67m). Senior Emily Clay (Normal, Ill.) entered the meet seeded sixth in the event. Earlier in the week however, the indoor all-conference performer accidently cut a finger on her left hand. Clay gave it a try in the pole vault, but could not overcome the injury and failed to clear a height. She still has a chance to qualify for the NCAA East Region Preliminary.

Women’s 200m Dash (Prelims)
Junior Kadeidra Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) finished 22nd with a time of 24.93.

Men’s 200m Dash (Prelims)
Junior Dwight Davis (Hollywood, Fla.) qualified for Sunday’s final with the sixth-best time (21.43) in the competition. Senior Chareif Lewis (Clermont, Fla.) finished 19th with a time of 22.53.

Women’s 400m Hurdles (Prelims)
Sophomore Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) and junior Kaylin Martin (Albuquerque, N.M.) qualified for Sunday’s final. Martin finished sixth in a time of 1:02.44 while Dooling finished seventh at 1:03.03.

Men’s 400m Hurdles (Prelims)
Junior Paul Barrett (Tampa) won his heat of the 400m hurdles to qualify for Sunday’s final. Barrett, an all-conference performer last season, ran the third-fastest time in the field at 53.06.

Women’s 800m Run (Prelims)
USF’s lone entry in the event, senior Abby Ritter (Tampa, Fla.) finished 16th in a time of 2:13.57.

Men’s 800m Run (Prelims)
Junior Anderson Charles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished second in his heat to qualify for Sunday’s final. The South Plains College ran the fourth-fastest time at 1:50.31. Junior Alex Hoffman (Melbourne, Fla.) finished in 22nd at 1:59.79.

Coming Up
The first event for the Bulls on Saturday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. will be the men’s and women’s long jump at 11 a.m.

Led by ninth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


Arnold Leads Heptathlon After Day 1
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STORRS, Conn., MAY 14, 2015 – Two personal-best performances from Lindsay Arnold, helped the senior accumulate 3,120 points and hold a lead in the heptathlon after four events during the first day of the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.

The Zephyrhills, Fla., native will enter the second day with a one-point lead over Kaitlyn Good of Cincinnati with 3,119 points. Arnold finished third in the 100m hurdles (14.32, 934 pts), seventh in the high jump (5-1 *PR*, 678 pts), first in the shot put (39-8 *PR*, 667 pts) and second in the 200m (25.51, 841 pts).

Arnold entered the competition with the third-best point total of anyone in the field with a season-best of 4,813 points.

Fellow senior Rachael Klinger will resume the competition on Friday in fourth place with 3,047 points. The Niceville, Fla. native finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.38, 925 pts), third in the high jump (5-3.25, 747 pts), fifth in the shot put (37-0.5, 614 pts) and seventh in the 200m (26.42).

The top three finishers on Friday will earn all-conference honors. Klinger was a third-team all-conference performer in the pentathlon during the indoor season.

The final three events of the heptathlon begin at noon on Friday with the long jump. The javelin is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. and the 800m at 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Hammer Throw
Junior Charvin Graham (Homestead, Fla.) finished seventh with a distance of 177-3 (54.03m). The throw was the second-best of his career and earned two points for the Bulls. Freshman Zach Diacynsky (Naples, Fla.) finished 12th with a distance of 149-5 (45.55m).

Women’s Hammer Throw
Freshman Jennifer Slagus (Moscow, Pa.) earned a medal with a fourth place finish (181-1, 55.37m). It was the second-best throw of her career and the best of any freshman at the meet. Junior Rebecca Evans (Winter Springs, Fla.) finished 14th (159-11, 48.74m) and junior Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth, Ohio) finished 15th (157-10, 48.12m).

Coming Up
The first event for the Bulls on Friday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. will be the men’s discus throw at 10 a.m.

Led by ninth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


USF Track to Compete at Conference Championships
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TAMPA, MAY 12, 2015 – USF’s track and field team will compete at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships beginning on Thursday in Storrs, Conn.

The four-day meet hosted by the University of Connecticut can be viewed live and for free on the American Digital Network on the conference website, www.TheAmerican.org. Follow @USFTrack for updates from Storrs.

Defending Champion
Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) will aim for his third consecutive outdoor conference title in the triple jump on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. The junior won the outdoor title last season in the inaugural American meet, hosted by USF, with a jump of 52 feet, 7.50 inches (16.04m). He also won the Big East Championships as a freshman (52-5.25 (15.98m). O’Neal is coming off an indoor conference championship as well with a meet-record jump of 53-5.50 (16.29m) which awarded him the conference’s Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the Meet. He is a three-time NCAA All-American in the event and placed sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Bell Tries for Back-to-Back
Like O’Neal, senior Kevin Bell (Jacksonville) will try to sweep the indoor and outdoor conference titles in his event. Bell won the indoor long jump (24-6.50) and enters the outdoor championships with the fifth-best jump in the conference (23-10) despite being hampered with an injury for most of the season. The men’s long jump begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Bell is also scheduled to compete in the 100m dash on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. where he has the sixth best time in the conference at 10.60.

Arnold, Klinger Will Keep Busy
Seniors Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills, Fla.) and Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) will begin the two-day heptathlon on Thursday at noon. Klinger’s season-best of 5,122 points ranks as the second best in the conference this season and Arnold’s best of 4,813 points ranks third. Along with heptathlon, Klinger, who was a third-team all-conference performer in the pentathlon during the indoor season, will compete in the javelin.
Arnold is also scheduled to compete in the 100m hurdles, javelin and 4x100m relay.

Dynamic Pole Vault Duo
Perhaps the biggest strength to the Bulls this season has been in the pole vault led by seniors Emily Clay (Normal, Ill.) and David Shepherd (Fort Lauderdale). USF is hoping for more standout performances like the ones during the indoor championships when both vaulters had personal-best heights. Clay was the conference runner-up with a height of 13-4.50 (4.08m) while Shepherd finished as a third-team all-conference member with a height of 16-10 (5.13m). Junior Winston Perry (Fort Lauderdale) had his personal best vault at the UNF East Region Preview on Friday and enters the weekend with the seventh-best height in the conference. The women’s pole vault begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and the men’s is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Dashing Dwight Davis
Of all the impressive newcomers for the USF men, none have made an impact on one event like junior Dwight Davis (Hollywood, Fla.) has made on the sprints. The transfer from Alabama holds the fastest 400m time in the conference this season at 47.34 and the sixth-fastest 200m time at 21.38. Davis was third team all-conference during the indoor season in the 400m with a time of 47.74. The prelims of the 200m is at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and the 400m is at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Davis is also scheduled to run in the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay on Sunday.

Worth Noting
- Junior Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) enters Saturday’s 3,000m steeplechase with a season-best time of 9:11.89, which ranks first in the conference.
- USF’s top freshman, Jennifer Slagus (Moscow, Pa.), enters Thursday’s hammer throw with the third-best distance in the conference (182-2).
- The USF men’s team finished fifth last season with 82 points. Its best ever outdoor finish was second at the Big East Championships in 2012 and at the Metro Championships in 1995.
- The USF women’s team finished seventh last season with 49.20 points. The women have won four outdoor conference championships in its history. (Conference USA, 2003; Metro Conference, 1993, 1994, 1995)
- This season’s indoor champions were the UConn women and the Houston men.
- Last season’s outdoor champions were the SMU women and the Houston men.
- Next season’s American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 12-15 at the UCF Soccer & Track Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Bulls Sign 15 for 2015
USF head coach Warren Bye announced the signing of 15 newcomers to the USF track and field program next season. Of the signees, 11 come from the state of Florida and all but one will be listed as a freshman next season.

Led by ninth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


USF Athletics Celebrates Graduation Weekend
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By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer

TAMPA, MAY 1, 2015 – The mission of conquering coursework while competing on the athletic stage has been accomplished for another impressive group of Bulls.

Director of Athletics Mark Harlan and the program showed their appreciation for 58 student-athletes who were a part of USF’s spring graduation ceremony with a dinner reception inside the Sun Dome Arena Club on Thursday night, including 21 from the track and field team.

“This is the best day of the year,” Harlan said. “We can talk about the opening of our different sports throughout the year but it’s this day - to see all of our young people with their families hit that finish line, the finish line where they’ve made it. They’re going to graduate from an incredible university and I’m just so proud of each one of them.”

Those who earned their degrees this spring were Jessica Barquero, Richard Jean-Baptiste, Emily Clay, Paige Cooke, Eddie Galan, Shannon Gordon, Hannah Gospodinsky, Rachael Klinger, Chareif Lewis, Brittany London, Justin Osking, Mari Ostrenko, Giscard Petion, Abby Ritter, David Shepherd, Natasha Stewart, Kelli Williams and LaTeshia Willis. Ashley Adams, Alfred Higgs and Kathryn Williams are former members of the USF track and field team who have earned degrees.

USF Athletics’ large group of graduates had a blast dining with their families and sharing special moments with fellow student-athletes before softball pitcher Sam Greiner and quarterback Steven Bench gave inspirational speeches about accomplishing the ultimate goal. The Bulls finished up the graduation celebration by putting on their caps and gowns for a group photo outside the Sun Dome.

“It’s great to see everyone and congratulate everyone that has pushed through athletics and academics at the same time,” punter Mattias Ciabatti said. “It’s tougher than people think.”

Ciabatti is one of 11 football players that will walk across the Sun Dome stage this weekend and the American Athletic All-Conference selection will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Ciabatti sports a 3.47 grade point average and plans to pursue a master’s degree in business while competing for the Bulls next season.

“I’ll have the bachelor’s degree and I’ll have the business degree, so hopefully that will open up my possibilities in the long haul,” Ciabatti said.

Women’s basketball player Shalethia Stringfield also plans to pursue a second degree after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary social sciences. Stringfield has overcome obstacles that have included two knee injuries to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“I’m so excited. Some of my injuries could have made me want to stop playing or kept my mind off what I’m supposed to be focusing on since Day 1,” said Stringfield, who has one more year of eligibility remaining. “I’m glad I pushed through.”

“I got here in 2011 and didn’t know how to say a word in English besides going to Burger King and ordering a burger,” Claudio said. “It was really hard, but I told myself I can do it and here I am.”Softball pitcher Karla Claudio will become the second person in her family to graduate and she’s come a long way to complete the process. The San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico native has earned a degree in health sciences and plans to go to graduate school.

Another special success story is baseball player Zac Gilcrease, who plans to manage a Jimmy John’s in Louisiana after graduating with a degree in accounting. The all-conference academic selection has posted a 3.7 GPA and said USF has helped him thrive in the classroom with all the academic support systems available to student-athletes.

“The way they structure things with tutoring and study hall, it keeps us on track,” Gilcrease said. “They help with resumes, so you can just focus on academics. There has been tremendous support.”

Rachael Klinger Women’s Track and Field Health Science

Gospodinsky Places Third at Penn Relays
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TAMPA, APRIL 23, 2015 – Junior Hannah Gospodinsky placed third in the shot put at the Penn Relays on Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa.

For the second consecutive week, the Wadsworth, Ohio native threw a personal-best in the shot put. Her toss of 47-feet-7 inches (14.50m) in the women’s college division was over six inches further than last week’s throw of 47-0.75 at the Virginia Challenge last Saturday. She remains fifth on USF’s all-time records list in the event.

Also competing at Penn on Thursday, in her native state, was freshman Jennifer Slagus. The Moscow, Pa., native, placed 16th in the college division of the hammer throw with a distance of 162-10 (49.65m).

While Gospodinsky and Slagus were in Philadelphia, senior Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) competed in the heptathlon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday. She finished the first day in eighth place with 3,070 points. Klinger competed in the long jump on Thursday, but an injury kept her from finishing the final two events.

The majority of the Bulls will compete at the Tom Jones Memorial at the University of Florida on Friday.


USF Men Win South Florida Triangular
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Courtesy: USF
USF honored its 18 seniors with a ceremony during a break in the action
Saturday afternoon.

TAMPA, April 11, 2015 – Catherine Blaney and Charvin Graham were responsible for four of USF’s 13 wins on Saturday at the South Florida Triangular.

The Bulls’ men’s team won the meet with 76 points over FIU (66). The USF women placed second with 131.50 points behind UCF (162.50) and ahead of FIU (77).

Blaney (Belleview, Fla.) won the 1,500m race in a time of 4:33.66 and later won the 5,000m run in a time of 17:50.68. Graham (Homestead, Fla.) threw a personal best of 170-01 (51.84m) in the hammer throw and a personal best of 163-04 (48.06m) in the discus to move up to eighth on USF’s all-time list.

Junior Anderson Charles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) placed his name among the top 10 all-time at USF with a time of 1:51.33 in the 800m run. That puts the West Palm Beach, Fla., native seventh all-time in school history.

Freshman Jennifer Slagus (Moscow, Pa.) recorded a personal best in the hammer throw with a second-place distance of 182-02 (55.53m). Entering the weekend, that mark is good for the second best in the American Athletic Conference. Freshman Zach Diaczynsky (Naples, Fla.) finished second with a personal best of 168-02 (51.27m) in the hammer throw which puts him sixth in USF’s top 10 list.

USF swept the top three spots in the men’s 200m, led by junior Dwight Davis (Hollywood, Fla.) with a time of 21.50. Junior Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) won the men’s 1,500m in a time of 4:03.89.

USF swept the top four spots in the women’s pole vault. Senior Emily Clay (Normal, Ill.) won the event with a height of 12-6.25 (3.82m).

Competing at home for the first and only time this season, three-time NCAA All-American Matthew O’Neal jumped a distance of 52-8.75 (16.07m). The junior from Jackson, Miss. came very close to jumping over 55 feet as his plant foot went over the line by an inch for a scratch.

Many other Bulls improved upon their all-time top 10 performances. Junior Laticia Sims (Detroit) improved upon her personal best time in the 100m hurdles at 13.58. Senior Kelli Williams (Trinity, Fla.) ran a personal-best 800m time of 2:10.14 which ranks as the fourth-best in school history.

It was the final home meet for 18 seniors as the graduating class was honored with a ceremony in the afternoon. Head coach Warren Bye presented each senior with a framed picture of themselves in action.

The Bulls will be in action next week at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va. on April 17 and 18.

Arnold Records PR in Heptathlon in Tennessee Complete Results
Senior Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills, Fla.) finished in third place with a personal record of 4,813 points in the heptathlon at the Tennessee Relays on Thursday and Friday. It was 16 points better than her previous best of 4,797 points set earlier this season. She remains fourth on USF’s all-time top 10 list. Senior Rachael Klinger also competed in the heptathlon, but was held out of the final event (800m) after accumulating 4,238 points.


Klinger Moves Up All-Time List in Heptathlon
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AUSTIN, Texas, MARCH 26, 2015 – Senior Rachael Klinger scored 5,122 points in the heptathlon, the second-most in school history, at the Texas Relays on Thursday.

The Niceville, Fla. native moved past Alexis McGaffagan’s 5,121 point performance which was set in 2003. Klinger’s total was 95 points better than her previous best of 5,027, set at last season’s Texas Relays. She was 61 points shy of the school record set in 2012 by Rachel Etienne (5,187).

Klinger scored 952 points in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.04 and 842 points in the high jump with a personal best height of 5-feet-6.5 inches which is tied for 10th all-time at USF. Her shot put of 34-4.25 earned her 560 points. On Thursday she earned 802 points in the 200m dash (25.95), 677 points in the long jump (17-9.5), 564 points in the javelin (113-6) and 725 in the 800m run (2:27.44).

Klinger, an all-conference performer during the indoor season in the pentathlon, placed 11th in the event. Finishing in first place was Alex Gochenour of Arkansas with 6,027 points.

Senior David Shepherd (Fort Lauderdale) finished tied for 10th in the pole vault with a jump of 16-0.75 (4.90m) on his second attempt.

The Bulls will continue action in the 88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday as well as begin the two-day UCF Invitational.


Bulls Head to Texas Relays, UCF Invitational
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TAMPA, MARCH 25, 2015 – USF’s track and field team will head in opposite directions this week when six individuals compete at Texas Relays while the rest participate in the UCF Invitational.

The 88th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays take place Wednesday through Saturday in Austin, Texas and it’s considered one of the nation’s elite track and field meets. The UCF Invitational will begin on Friday and end on Saturday on the campus of UCF in Orlando.

The first of six Bulls competing in Texas is senior Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) in the heptathlon on Wednesday beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. The indoor all-conference performer will start her second day of the event on Thursday at noon ET.

Reigning American Athletic Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week David Shepherd (Fort Lauderdale) will be competing in the men’s pole vault at 4:45 p.m. ET on Thursday. Senior Emily Clay (Normal, Ill.) will compete in the women’s pole vault at 11 a.m. ET on Friday.

Three-time All-American Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) will compete in the outdoor triple jump for the first time this season beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. Seniors Kevin Bell (Jacksonville) and Natasha Stewart (Vero Beach, Fla.) will compete in the long jump beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The remaining Bulls will head west on I-4 and compete at the UCF Invitational which begins with the men’s and women’s javelin and hammer throw on Friday at 10 a.m. The women’s discus will begin the action on Saturday at 10 a.m. The running events will be on a rolling schedule beginning at 3:30 p.m. with the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday.


Bell Seizes Long Jump Crown at American Indoors
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NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2015 – Kevin Bell’s conference championship in the long jump highlighted the first day for USF’s track and field team at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Friday.

The senior from Jacksonville had a winning jump of 24-feet-6.50 inches (7.48m) on his fourth attempt. For Bell, it was his second all-conference performance after a third place finish at the Big East Championships in 2013. Prior to his performance in the long jump, Bell qualified for the Saturday’s finals in the 60m dash with a time of 6.95.

Bell was one of four Bulls to earn all-conference honors at The Armory in New York City. All-Conference honors are awarded to the top three finishers in each event.

Senior David Shepherd (Fort Lauderdale), cleared a career-best height of 16-feet-10 inches (5.13m) to share runner-up honors with East Carolina’s Henry Johnson. The second place finish earned Shepherd second-team all-conference and seven points towards USF’s team score. All together, the men earned 12 points in the pole vault as junior Winston Perry (Fort Lauderdale) finished sixth at 15-10 (4.83m) and junior Eddie Galan (Clearwater) finished seventh at the same height of 15-10 (4.83m).

USF had good production out of the women’s pole vault as well. Senior Emily Clay (Normal, Ill.) finished as the conference runner-up with a personal-best height of 13-4.5 (4.08m). Senior Brittany London placed sixth at 12-6.75 (3.83m) to earn three points for the Bulls.

David, Winston, Eddie had a good day but especially David who had been injured and bounced back to perform well today,” said head coach Warren Bye. “Kevin had a great couple of jumps to win the long jump. Overall the first day was a really good day for us with. It was a credit to the jobs that coach Don Marsh and coach Kiamesha Otey have done this season.”

Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) earned third-team all-conference honors with a third place finish in the pentathlon with 3,836 points. The senior had the best long jump of the group with a distance of 18-7.25 (5.67m). Klinger finished just 12 points out of second place, Martine Bye of Memphis (3,848). It was Klinger’s second all-conference performance for her indoor career after placing second last season.

Junior Charvin Graham (Homestead, Fla.) placed sixth in the weight throw with a personal-best distance of 58-6 (17.83m).

USF had four individuals qualify for Saturday’s finals. Sophomore Catherine Blaney (Belleview, Fla.) finished third in the mile preliminary with a time of 5:03.57. Junior Anderson Charles (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ran the third-fastest 800m time in school history at 152.87 which was the sixth-best in the field. Junior Dwight Davis (Hollywood, Fla.) had the sixth-fastest time in the 400m in a season-best time of 48.36. Davis also ran the fifth-fastest 200m time in school history at 21.70 (eighth).

USF finished sixth in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 10:07.71. The Bulls had a team that featured Alex Hoffman, Paul Barrett, Anderson Charles and Michael Babinec. The USF women’s team of Kelli Williams, Tiah Sanborn, Abby Ritter and Blaney finished fourth in the event with a time of 11:56.52.

Junior Leandra Munson (Cape Coral, Fla.) bested her all-time top 10 mark by seven seconds in the 5K with a time of 17:25.09 which placed her 13th in the event.

The USF men’s team will begin Saturday in fourth place with 28 points. Tulsa leads with 40 points. The USF women’s team is in sixth place with 22 points, trailing UConn which has 40.

The Bulls have a lot to look forward to on Saturday with the finals of most of the running events taking place and the triple jump featuring two-time NCAA Outdoor All-American Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.).

Led by ninth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary. USF hosts three meets this season, all at the USF Track and Field Stadium: the USF Invitational on March 12-13, the Bulls Invitational on March 19-20 and the South Florida Triangular on April 11.


Super Seniors Eye More Success at American Indoors
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TAMPA, FEB. 25, 2015 – The American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships get underway Friday in New York and two busy senior Bulls are focused on taking care of business.

Rachael Klinger, last year’s runner-up in the pentathlon, looks to win it all at The Armory along with competing in the 60-meter hurdles, the long jump and the high jump. Kelli Williams will try to improve on the fourth-best 800-meter time in school history in addition to taking part in the distance medley relay.

Handling multiple tasks at one time has been something both talented student-athletes have mastered in their college careers.

Klinger, an exercise science and health sciences double major, has an internship that takes up 30 hours a week and has four online classes along with training. Williams, an elementary education major, teaches fifth-graders Monday through Friday as part of her final internship. Williams fulfills her track and field duties by training alone a lot of times at the stadium and in the weight room.

“I really wanted to juggle both because I know there is a way. That’s why we have our academic advisors,” Williams said.

Doing a ton of things at once has been something Klinger has been used to since earning all-state honors at Niceville (Fla.) High School. The Daily News' Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2010 earned varsity letters in track and field, cross country, weightlifting and as the school’s mascot during her senior year.

“It was amazing. I did the pep rallies, football, basketball, went to the soccer games and volleyball,” said Klinger, who sported an eagle suit. “I came into pep rallies on the back of a motorcycle, it was so fun.”

Williams was an all-state selection in both track and field and cross country at J.W. Mitchell High School in Trinity, Fla., where she earned the school’s athlete of the year award.

Both Bulls’ schedules have remained super busy in college and both have found ways to excel on and off the athletic stage.

Klinger owns the third-best outdoor heptathlon total in program history (5,027 points) and ranks second in USF’s history books with 3,841 points in the indoor pentathlon. Klinger nearly won the indoor pentathlon last year at the conference meet and she’s determined to achieve greatness this time around.

“Coming off last year I really felt like I lost to myself, I should have won it,” Klinger said. “Going into this year it’s huge for me to win it.”

Aside from sports, Klinger has made the all-academic team in consecutive years and has a 3.48 grade point average. The 22-year-old is currently interning with the USF track and field staff and hopes to coach multiple events once she graduates.

“I want to be at the Division I level and coach champions,” Klinger said.

Williams has been a leader on the cross country team for four seasons and owns the program’s top 6K time of 21:39 in conference competition. The 22-year-old has specialized in the mile and has taken a liking to the 800 event after placing second at Indiana this season with a time of 2:11.38.

“I’m having a good season, so all is well. I haven’t cracked yet,” Williams said with a laugh.

Williams also has represented USF well in the classroom with straight A’s the past five semesters and she’ll be back in school after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree this spring. Williams will pursue a graduate degree the next two years with a plan of becoming a speech pathologist.

“I love working with kids and I like small groups. Speech pathology gives me that small group setting,” Williams said. “I’ve met a lot of speech pathologists that are very happy with what they do and eventually I’d like to have my own business.”


O’Neal Jumps into Record Books
Jan. 23, 2015
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 23, 2015 – Junior Matthew O’Neal shattered USF’s indoor school record in the triple jump with a distance of 53-feet-11 inches (16.43m) on Friday, which is the longest in the country this season.

The record-breaking jump occurred at the UAB Vulcan Invite in Birmingham, Ala. The distance also broke the CrossPlex Arena’s facility record of 16.38m set by Alphonso Jordan in 2012.

O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) breaks the record which was previously held by last year’s teammate and 2014 NCAA Indoor All-American Shane Lewis, set last season at 52-4. O’Neal’s previous best was 52-1, set last season.

The top 16 marks at the end of the season qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, held March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark. Therefore, O’Neal has not yet qualified, but has a great chance to compete at the indoor championships for the first time in his career. O’Neal is a two-time NCAA Outdoor All-American in the triple jump and placed fourth last season. He holds a personal-best outdoor triple jump of 53-3, also the school record.

“There’s not going to be many people in the country that will jump nearly 54 feet,” said head coach Warren Bye. “Matthew’s been working really well with Coach (Kiamesha) Otey. This jump should all but guarantee Matthew a spot at nationals.”

Junior Alex Hoffman (Melbourne, Fla.) won the 800m with a time of 1:53.43 which launched him into the top five all-time at USF at No. 4. Junior Winston Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) won the pole vault with a height of 16-4.75 (5.00m) which moves him from fifth to third on USF’s all-time list.

Senior Kevin Bell (Jacksonville) won the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.40m. He also finished fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.92.

On the women’s side, sophomore Katherine Blaney (Belleview, Fla.) finished second in the 3,000m with a time of 9:54.58, just two seconds from first place. Blaney’s time puts her 10th all-time at USF.

Natasha Stewart (Vero Beach) and Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Stewart jumped 5.63m and Klinger jumped 5.57m.

USF will next be in action on Feb. 6 at the Skyes-Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa.


Klinger Finishes Second at Samford
Jan 21, 2015
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BIRMINGHAM, Fla., Jan. 21, 2015 – Senior Rachael Klinger finished second in the pentathlon on Wednesday at the Samford Stand Alone.

Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) recorded a season-best 3,782 points, behind Erica Bougard of Miss State with 4,419 points. Klinger earned 927 points in the 60m hurdles (8.92), 830 points in the high jump (5-6, 1.68m), 610 points in the shot put (36-10.25, 11.23m), 735 points in the long jump (18-5.25, 5.62m) and 680 points in the 800m (2:31.02).

Senior Lindsay Arnold (Zephryhills, Fla.) also recorded a season best in the pentathlon with 3,335 points to finish seventh. Arnold earned 900 points in the 60m hurdles (9.05), 655 points in the high jump (5-0.25, 1.53m), 556 points in the shot put (34-02, 10.41m), 576 points in the long jump (16-7.25, 5.06m) and 648 points in the 800m (2:33.66).

Arnold and Klinger return to the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. on Friday along with the rest of the Bulls to compete at the UAB Vulcan Invite.


Results USF Track Heads to Birmingham for Two
Jan. 20, 2015
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TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015 – USF’s track and field team will travel to Birmingham for two meets this week starting with the Samford Stand Alone on Wednesday.

The event, hosted by Samford at the Birmingham CrossPlex, will feature seniors Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) and Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills, Fla.) in the pentathlon.

It’s the first pentathlon competition for either since the Oiler Open on Dec. 6 in Findlay Ohio. Klinger won that meet with a score of 3,724. Although there is nearly two months before the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, Klinger’s score currently ranks fourth in the nation.

The rest of the squad will compete at the UAB Vulcan Invite on Friday.

Among the many competing for the Bulls is sophomore Catherine Blaney (Belleview, Fla.) in the 3,000m. She won her last race at the Akron Pole Vault Convention Open on Jan. 9 with a time of 9:59.33. Juniors Emily Clay (Tulsa, Okla.) and Brittany London (Middleville, Mich.) will compete in the pole vault. Both hold season bests of 12-feet-5.5 inches from the Grand Valley State Laker Early Bird on Dec. 5.

The top men’s pole vaulter for the Bulls, David Shepherd (Fort Lauderdale) will also be competing. He holds a season best of 16-4.75 in Grand Valley, Mich.

Last week’s American Athletic Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week Kevin Bell (Jacksonville) will be competing in the 60m and the long jump. The senior is coming off a career best jump of 24-7.25 two weeks ago in Akron, Ohio, which tied the school record. His jump is currently the ninth-best in the country. Also in action will be two-time NCAA Outdoor All-American Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) in the triple jump. Last time out, O’Neal jumped 50-1.25 which is currently the 19th best in the country.


USF Starts New Year at Akron Open
Jan. 8, 2015
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TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 8, 2015 – USF will travel to Akron, Ohio on Friday to compete in the Akron Open/Akron Pole Vault Convention Meet beginning at 6:45 p.m.

It will be the second meet of the season for the Bulls, whose season began on Dec. 5 at Grand Valley State. Unlike the meet in Michigan, USF will have a more complete roster in Akron including two-time All-American triple jumper Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.).

USF will be going against fellow American Athletic Conference school Cincinnati as well as Akron and Lake Erie College. Stephen F. Austin, Villanova and Virginia Tech will bring a limited number of student-athletes to the meet.

Senior Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) currently ranks fourth in the NCAA with 3,724 points in the heptathlon at the Oiler Open on Dec. 5. On Friday, she will compete in the 60m hurdles, long jump and shot put. The women will have four entries in the pole vault with Sophia Brown (Goshen, Ind.), Emily Clay (Tulsa, Okla.), Ashleigh Lewis (Port St. Joe, Fla.) and Brittany London (Middleville, Mich.).

Sophomore Catherine Blaney (Belleview, Fla.) and senior Kelli Williams (Trinity, Fla.), who led the Bulls in cross country this past fall, will hit the track for the first time this season, competing in the mile.

Last season’s NCAA East Preliminary qualifier in the long jump, senior Natasha Stewart (Vero Beach, Fla.), will compete in the long jump and triple jump. She ranks in the top five of the USF school records in both events.

An all-conference performer a season ago, senior Giscard Petion (Tampa, Fla.) will compete in the high jump for the first time this season. He holds a personal best jump of 6-feet-10.25 inches which ranks fifth in school history.

Senior Kevin Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.) holds the second-best long jump mark at USF and will compete in the event as well as the 60-meter dash on Friday. Bell placed fourth in the long jump at conference last season.

Junior Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) will be in action for the first time since finishing the cross country season on Nov. 14. He will compete in the 3,000m.


Klinger Wins Pentathlon at Findlay Open
DEC. 6, 2014
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FINDLAY, Ohio – Senior Rachael Klinger won the pentathlon with a score of 3,703 at the Findlay Open on Friday in Findlay, Ohio.

The Niceville, Fla. native finished ahead of Pam Showman (3,540) and Lydia Guagenti (3,204) from Findlay and teammate Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills, Fla.) who finished fourth with 3,109 points.

Klinger finished first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.81 (950 points) and first in the long jump with a distance of 18-feet-1.75 inches (709). Klinger placed second in the high jump with a height of 5-feet-5 inches (795), second in the shot put at 36-4.75 (584) and second in the 800m in a time of 2:32.24 (665).

Arnold was third in the shot put with a distance of 35-2 (577), third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.15 (879), fourth in the long jump with a distance of 16-0.25 (527), fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-0.25 (655) and fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:49.33 (471).

The majority of the team competed at the Grand Valley Early Bird in Michigan.

The Bulls will next be in action at the Akron Open on Jan. 9.

Led by ninth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


Excellence Recognized by USF Track and Field
Sept. 15, 2014
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TAMPA– USF held its annual cross country/track and field awards banquet on Sunday and rewarded student-athletes for their success during the 2013-14 season.

Shane Lewis (Orlando) and Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) were the big winners of the banquet, which was held on the third floor of the Marshall Student Center on the USF campus. Lewis took home awards for his school record in the indoor triple jump (52-4), earning second team All-America honors during the indoor season, and he was also named Outstanding Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

O’Neal won awards for his school record in the outdoor triple jump (53-3), earning first team All-America honors during the outdoor season, he was also named Outstanding Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) was named Outstanding Indoor Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year and was recognized for being a USTFCCCA Academic All-American along with O’Neal, Marqueshia Stallworth (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Dae Young Yoon (Hollywood, Fla.). Those athletes had either one of the top 96 indoor marks in the country or qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, in addition to having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Courtney Anderson (Cape Coral, Fla.) won the award for Outstanding Outdoor Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year and was awarded a plaque for her All-America performance in the high jump.

The top cross country awards went to Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) and Kelli Williams (Trinity, Fla.). As the top finisher for the Bulls in all but one meet, Babinec was the Outstanding Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Williams was the top finisher for the women’s team in all but one meet and was named the Outstanding Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

A complete list of USF’s award winners are below.

Outstanding Academic Freshman (highest freshman GPA): Sophia Brown, Zach Diaczynsky
Outstanding Academic Senior (highest cumulative GPA): Ashanti Stewart, Bryan Kilts
USTFCCCA Academic All-American: Rachael Klinger, Matthew O’Neal, Marqueshia Stallworth, Dae Young Yoon
Outstanding Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Kelli Williams
Outstanding Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Michael Babinec
Most Improved Female Track Athlete of the Year: Laticia Sims
Most Improved Male Track Athlete of the Year: Michael Babinec
Most Improved Female Field Athlete of the Year: Mira Carrozza, Lindsay Arnold
Most Improved Male Field Athlete of the Year: Devin Screen
Most Improved Male Freshman of the Year: Christopher Grinley
Outstanding Indoor Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Rachael Klinger
Outstanding Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Shane Lewis
Outstanding Outdoor Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Courtney Anderson
Outstanding Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Matthew O’Neal
School Records: Shane Lewis (indoor triple jump), Matthew O’Neal (outdoor triple jump), 4x100m relay (Alfred Higgs, Derrick Hopkins, Chareif Lewis, Dae Young Yoon)
All-American: Courtney Anderson, Shane Lewis, Matthew O’Neal

Led by ninth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


USF Women, Four Individuals Earn Academic Honors
July 24, 2014
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TAMPA – USF’s women’s track and field team as well as four individuals earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments this past season.

It is the eighth consecutive season for the women’s team to earn the award and did so by accumulating a cumulative team GPA of 3.26, well above the prerequisite of 3.00.

Additionally, Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.), Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.), Marqueshia Stallworth (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Dae Young Yoon (Hollywood, Fla.) all earned all-academic honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards. For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event. For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships.

Klinger, an exercise science major, holds a cumulative GPA of 3.40. The senior was a second team All-American Athletic Conference performer in the pentathlon during the indoor season with a season best of 3,841 points, the 46th best total in the NCAA.

O’Neal, a pre-business major, holds a cumulative GPA of 3.32. The junior became a two-time NCAA All-American in the outdoor triple jump with a fourth place finish last season as a sophomore. He had the 18th best triple jump in the NCAA during the indoor season with a distance of 52-feet-1 inch.

Stallworth, an interdisciplinary social sciences major, finished her collegiate career with a 3.26 GPA. She earned third-team all-conference honors during the indoor season and had the 52nd best triple jump at 41-3. In May, she competed in the triple jump at the NCAA East Preliminary.

Yoon, an engineering major, has a cumulative GPA of 3.38. The sophomore had a productive freshman campaign as a member of the first men’s 4x100m relay team to ever compete at the NCAA East Preliminary. He was also on the team that set the school record in the event at 40.34.

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Led by eighth-year head coach Warren Bye, the USF track and field team has produced 20 All-Americans (seven men, 13 women) since 2000 and at least one All-American in six of the last seven years. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.


Meyers, Petion Earn All-Conference on Day 2
May 3, 2014
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TAMPA, May 3, 2014 – Juniors Chase Meyers and Giscard Petion earned all-conference honors in the high jump on Saturday, day two of the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Petion was conference runner-up with a jump of 6-08.75 (2.05m), a half inch better than his previous best of 6-8.25 achieved last season. Petion, a Tampa native and third team all-conference performer at American Indoor, tied Bryan Kilts and Richard Wilson for ninth all-time in school history.

Meyers (Punta Gorda) was third team all-conference by placing third with a jump of 6-06.75 (2.00m). They both trailed Darius Lynwood of Memphis who won with a height of 6-10.75 (2.10m).

The final day of the conference championships, held at the USF Track and Field Stadium, will take place on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. with the men’s pole vault, men’s discus and women’s triple jump. USF’s Marqueshia Stallworth enters the triple jump ranked first in the conference. Matthew O’Neal and Shane Lewis rank one and two, respectively, in the conference in the men’s triple jump which will take place at noon.

The track events are scheduled to start at 11:10 a.m. with the women’s 400m relay and conclude at 2:15 with the men’s 1,600m relay.

Below is a rundown of USF’s results and qualifiers from Saturday’s prelims.

Women’s Heptathlon
Junior Rachael Klinger (Niceville) entered the second day of the heptathlon in fourth place and finished there with 4998 points. Her medal worthy performance came after an injury (pinky finger, elbow) in practice earlier this week left Klinger and the coaching staff in doubt of whether or not she would compete over the weekend. She had the field’s best 100m hurdle time of 14.18 (953), second best 800 meter time of 2:26.91 (732) and third best long jump at 5.57m (720). Senior Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills) placed seventh (4743). She had the second best time in the 200 meters on Friday at 25.66 (827)...

Sunday’s Qualifiers
Women’s 1500m – Kelli Williams, 11th, 4:39.17
Women’s 100m hurdles – Rachael Klinger, 6th, 14.41
Men’s 110m hurdles – Christopher Grinley, 4th, 14.33
Men’s 400m – Franklin Mosely, 6th, 47.86
Men’s 100m – Alfred Higgs, 3rd, 10.54 | Derrick Hopkins, 4th, 10.54
Women’s 400m hurdles – Kaylin Martin, 7th, 1:02.07
Men’s 400m hurdles – Paul Barrett, 4th, 53.13 | Christopher Grinley, 5th, 52.88
Men’s 200m – Franklin Mosely, 6th, 21.45 | Derrick Hopkins, 7th, 21.48


Three Medal in Rainy Day 1 of American Outdoor
May 2, 2014
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TAMPA, May 2, 2014 – Three Bulls recorded top five finishes in the first day of the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the USF Track and Field Complex.

Inclement weather delayed the start of the inaugural meet 2.5 hours, but finished on schedule. The USF men are in fourth place with eight points while SMU leads the eight teams with 51 points. The women stand in fifth place with five points. All 10 women’s teams trail SMU which has 47 points.

Saturday’s action begins at 12:30 p.m. with the men’s javelin while the track events start at 4:30 p.m. with the 1,500m run. The heptathlon resumes at 5 p.m. with the long jump.

A rundown of USF’s results is below.

Heptathlon
After four events, junior Rachael Klinger (Niceville) will enter Saturday in fourth place with 3109 points. She had the field’s best 100m hurdle time of 14.18 (953). Senior Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills) is in fifth place (2918). She had the second best time in the 200 meters at 25.66 (827).

Women’s Hammer
Freshman Rebecca Evans (Winter Springs) finished in 14th place with a throw of 145-10. Helena Perez of SMU was conference champion (200-10).

Men’s Hammer
Junior Devin Screen (Tallahassee) medaled with a fifth place finish. His throw of 179-03 earned four points for the Bulls. Josh Province of Cincinnati was the champion at 189-04.

Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
Sophomore Michael Babinec (Riverview) finished in fifth place with a personal best time of 9:18.99. Along with a medal, he picked up four points towards the Bulls’ team score. Edwin Kibichily of Louisville won the race in 8:55.93.

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase
Sophomore Bethany Evans (Neptune Beach) earned a medal for her fifth place finish in a time of 11:03.08. She beat her previous personal best of 11:37.96 and earned four points towards the Bulls’ team score. Freshman Sarah Hartman (Tampa) earned one point with an eighth place finish in a time of 11:32.77. SMU’s Tova Magnusson won the race in a time of 10:17.84.


Your USF Guide to American Outdoor Championships
By Tom Zebold
May 1, 2014

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TAMPA, MAY 1, 2014 – The moment the Bulls have been training for all spring is finally here.

The inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships take place Friday through Sunday at USF Track and Field Stadium.

“Once again it’s an honor to be able to host track and field championships at USF,” head coach Warren Bye said. “Our folks do a great job of putting everything together and doing it the right way for a track meet. We’re excited to host and hopefully the rain holds off.”

Action begins Friday at noon with the women’s hammer throw and Bye really looks forward to Sunday’s men’s triple jump that features two of the conference’s top competitors. Sophomore Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) leads the league with a mark of 53 feet that ranks second in the NCAA. Senior Shane Lewis’s mark of 51’ 6.25” ranks second in the league and 17th nationally, and both Bulls will go after a conference title starting at noon.

“Matthew and Shane have had an outstanding season and we hope to see them continue to do so at this conference championship and as well as into the postseason. Hopefully they’ll be able to put on a show on Sunday at the track,” Bye said. “They’ve done a great job of doing what they need to do to get where they’re at. They both are competitive and they go at it every day in practice, and it’s been fun to watch those guys.”

Here is a look at key events to keep an eye on and what USF has to offer during the program’s second home conference meet in the past three years:

Friday

Field Events
Women’s Hammer Throw, noon: Junior Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth, Ohio) ranks 11th in the conference with a mark of 162’ 11” in the event.

Men’s Hammer Throw, 2 p.m.: Junior Devin Screen (Tallahassee) ranks fourth in the league with a mark of 186’ 11” in the event.

Combined Events
Heptathlon, 4:30 p.m.: Junior Rachael Klinger (Niceville, Fla.) has the fourth-best point total in the league (5,027), while senior Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills, Fla.) ranks fifth with 4,673 points. Klinger earned all-conference honors by placing second in the event at the indoor meet.

Track Events
3,000m Steeplechase, women, 8:30 p.m.: Freshman Sarah Hartman (Tampa) ranks fourth in the conference with a time of 11:26.57, followed by sophomore Bethany Evans (Neptune Beach, Fla.) with a time of 11:37.96.

3,000m Steeplechase, men, 8:45 p.m.: Sophomore Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) ranks sixth in the conference with a time of 9:28.10...


Bulls Get Final Tune-Up Before Conference
April 18, 2014
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TAMPA, April 18, 2014 – With the American Athletic Conference Championships 14 days away, the USF track and field teams will compete at two meets on Saturday as a final tune-up.

USF will send 22 competitors (11 men and 11 women) to the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La. and 37 (12 men and 25 women) to the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Fla.

It is the last competition before USF hosts the conference championships May 2-4 at the USF Track and Field Stadium. Unlike the Big East Conference in years past, there is no qualifying mark for the American Athletic Conference as each school will submit the same number of student-athletes. Still, the Bulls have posted impressive results so far that rank among the best in the conference.

For the men, Paul Barrett (Tampa) and Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) hold the best mark in the conference in their respective events. Barrett ranks first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.66 with Christopher Grinley (Lake Worth) in third at 52.73. O’Neal leads in the triple jump at 53-feet-0, also the best jump in the nation. Teammate Shane Lewis (Orlando), an All-American during the indoor season, has the second best in the conference at 51-6.25. Lewis also ranks second in the long jump with a mark of 23-11.

Two USF women rank first in their respective events as Courtney Anderson (Cape Coral) leads the conference with a high jump of 5-10 and Natasha Stewart (Vero Beach) leads all long jumpers with a best distance of 20-9. Anderson will not be in action this weekend, but will be the only Bull competing next week at the Drake Relays on April 26.

Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills) and Rachael Klinger (Niceville) will start things off for the Bulls in Gainesville with the long jump at 1 p.m. The duo are among the best in the conference in the heptathlon with Klinger ranking third (5027) and Arnold at fourth (4673).

Competition in Baton Rouge will begin with Justin Osking (Fort Pierce) and Devin Screen (Tallahassee) in the men’s discus at 10 a.m. ET.


Klinger, Arnold Shine in Heptathlon Out West
By Tom Zebold
April 11, 2014

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TAMPA, APRIL 11, 2014 – Rachael Klinger and Lindsay Arnold represented USF well in the heptathlon at the two-day Jim Click Combined Events at Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Both Bulls faced off against some of the top competition in the nation and Klinger placed fourth in the event with 5,011 points. Klinger, a junior from, Niceville, Fla., earned the Bulls’ third-best point total in the heptathlon earlier this season with 5,027.

Arnold placed eighth in the event hosted by the University of Arizona with a personal record of 4,673 points, which rank the senior from Zephyrhills, Fla., fourth in the USF’s record books behind Klinger’s top mark.

The rest of the USF track & field team is in Austin, Texas this weekend to compete in the Texas Invitational on Saturday. A total of 22 men and 26 women will compete for the Bulls, beginning with freshman Rebecca Evans (Winter Springs) and Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth, Ohio) in the women’s hammer throw at 11:30 a.m. ET and concluding with the men’s 4x400m relay at 6:15 p.m.

Head back to GoUSFBulls.com on Saturday evening for a full recap of the event and stay updated on the Bulls all season by following the team on Twitter @USF Track.

Jim Click Combined Events Heptathlon Results

Rachael Klinger, 5,011 points (fourth place)
100 Hurdles: 14.22
High Jump: 5-4.50
Shot Put: 35-3.75
200m: 25.67
Long Jump: 18-4.25
Javelin: 94-9
800m: 2:30.09

Lindsay Arnold, 4,673 points (eighth place)
100 Hurdles: 14.74
High Jump: 5-1
Shot Put: 35-4
200m: 25.40
Long Jump: 17-5
Javelin: 90-8
800m: 2:36.60

Record Breaking Relay Leads Bulls at Home
April 4, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla., April 4, 2014 – USF’s 4x100 meter relay team broke the school record on Friday with a winning time of 40.34 seconds at the USF Collegiate.

The time was the second best in the American Athletic Conference, whose championship event will be held at the USF Track and Field Stadium May 2-4. The record-setting team, in order of legs ran was Derrick Hopkins (Opa Locka), Chareif Lewis (Clermont), Dae Young Yoon (Hollywood) and Alfred Higgs (Bahamas). The old mark was 40.75 seconds set in 2010.

The relay team was one of six event winners for the men including sophomore Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) who placed first in the triple jump with a leap of 52-9.50 in front of teammate Shane Lewis (Orlando) who finished second (50-6).

Freshman Christopher Grinley (Lake Worth) won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.14, the fourth best in school history. Higgs improved his career best time in the 100m (10.41) and placed second. Lewis moved to ninth in school history in the 200m while placing fifth (21.48).

Franklin Mosely (Tampa) was sixth in the 200m (21.64), but shined in the 400m run with a second place time of 47.58 which ranks fifth at USF.

Junior Devin Screen’s discus throw of 170-10 was good for second place and fourth in school history.

Two Bulls took home titles for the women which were Courtney Anderson (Cape Coral) in the high jump at 5-10 and Natasha Stewart (Vero Beach) in the long jump at 18-11.25.

USF placed second, third and fourth in the 100m hurdles. Laticia Sims (Detroit, Mich.) placed second and improved her mark in the hurdles up to fourth with a time of 13.89. Rachael Klinger (Niceville) entered the top 10 record books in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.01, the eighth best time in school history and placed third. Also entering the record books in the hurdles was Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes) at 10th with a time of 14.14 and placed fourth.

Ashanti Stewart (Ocala) improved her best time in the 400m at 55.78 and was one of 25 seniors recognized for their collegiate careers mid-way through the meet.

Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth, Ohio) placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 46-1.5 which moved the junior up to sixth in the school record books. Mira Carozza (Pittsburgh, Pa.) moved up to fourth in the record book in the javelin with a third place throw of 139-6.


Klinger Reaches New Milestone in Heptathlon
March 27, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas, MARCH 27, 2014 – Junior Rachel Klinger finished the heptathlon in 16th place at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday with a lifetime best score of 5,027.

The Niceville, Fla. native became the third person in school history to eclipse the 5,000 point plateau, joining Rachel Etienne who holds the school record with 5,187 in 2012 and Alexis McGaffagan who scored 5,121 in 2003. Klinger’s previous best was 4,971 which was scored during her freshman season of 2012.

Klinger scored 914 points in the 100m hurdles (14.46), 771 in the high jump (5-4.5), 567 in the shot put (34-8.5) and 809 in the 200m (25.87) on Thursday. On Friday she scored 741 points in the long jump (18-6), 510 in the javelin (104-3) and 715 in the 800m (2:28.27).

All-American Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas won the event with 5,640 points.

Also on Thursday, senior Camilo Calderon (Orlando) finished 58th in the highly competitive university division of the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 56.80.

The Texas Relays continues on Friday and concludes on Saturday. The majority of USF’s track and field team will compete at the UCF Invitational in Orlando beginning on Friday and finishing up on Saturday. Follow @USFTrack on twitter for information all season long.


Texas Relays, UCF Invitational on Tap for Bulls
Mar 27, 2014
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TAMPA, MARCH 27, 2014 – USF will send 10 student-athletes to the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays while the majority of its track and field team will compete at the UCF Invitational this weekend.

The multi-events have already begun in Austin as junior Rachael Klinger (Niceville) stands in 15th place in the heptathlon after the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on Wednesday. She will complete the heptathlon on Thursday with the long jump, javelin and 800m.

Along with Klinger, those competing at the 87th Texas Relays is Courtney Anderson (high jump, Saturday), Laticia Sims (100m hurdles, Friday), Marqueshia Stallworth (triple jump, Friday) and Natasha Stewart (long jump, Friday) on the women’s side. The USF men competing in Austin are Camilo Calderon (400m hurdles, Thursday), Alfred Higgs (100m, Friday), Shane Lewis (triple jump, Friday), Chase Meyers (high jump, Friday) and Matthew O’Neal (triple jump, Friday). Higgs and Stewart both earned American Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week accolades on Tuesday for their performances at the Bulls Invitational. Live streaming of the Texas Relays will be available on TexasSports.com.

USF will take 16 men and 49 women down I-4 to the UCF Invitational which runs Friday through Saturday. Friday’s meet begins at 1 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw when Rebecca Evans (Winter Springs) and Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth, Ohio) will compete for the Bulls.

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Four Event Winners Wraps up USF Invitational
Mar 14, 2014
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TAMPA, MARCH 14, 2014 – Four USF track and field team members won their event on Friday as the Bulls completed their first outdoor meet of the season.

For the women, Lindsay Arnold (Zephyrhills) started things off by winning the heptathlon with a personal best 4,553 points. Of the seven events, Arnold was the top finisher in just the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.91 to earn 854 points.

Laticia Sims (Detroit, Mich.) placed first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.05, a personal record and the sixth best time in school history. Also in the hurdles, Rachel Klinger (Niceville) placed fourth (14.51), Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes) fifth (14.52) and Arnold sixth (14.81).

USF’s 4x400 meter relay team of Christine Poole-Trice (Columbus, Ga.), Ashanti Stewart (Ocala), Dooling and Tiah Sanborn (Lake Worth) finished second in a time of 3:55.37, five seconds behind first place FIU.

USF took three of the top six places in the men’s pole vault led by Wyatt Metzger’s first place vault of 16-00.75. Edward Galan (Clearwater) was fourth at 15-07.00 while Cody Chernoff (Naples) was sixth at 15-07.00.

Sophomore Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) won the triple jump with a leap of 50-07.25.

Justin Osking (Fort Pierce) placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 50-11.00. Junior Devin Screen (Tallahassee) finished just behind Osking with a throw of 50-6.00 to take sixth. Screen, a transfer from Coffeyville Community College, had the eighth best throw in school history. Osking was nearly three feet shy of his best throw, which ranks second all-time.

USF will host its second consecutive meet, the Bulls Invitational, beginning on Thursday at the USF Track and Field Stadium.


Klinger, Screen Earn All-Conference in Day 1
Feb 28, 2014
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NEW YORK, FEB. 28, 2014 – Junior Rachael Klinger placed second in the pentathlon to lead the Bulls in day one of the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Friday.

The Niceville, Fla. native finished the five events with 3,841 points, a career best and the second highest point total in school history. SMU’s Lucija Cvitanovic finished 13 points better than Klinger with 3,854. Klinger won the 60m hurdles and earned 931 points, placed second in the long jump (759), fourth in the 800m (738), fifth in the high jump (818) and seventh in the shot put (598).

Joining Klinger as an all-conference performer was newcomer Devin Screen (Tallahassee) in the weight throw with a mark of 17.33 meters, good enough for third place. Kevin Bell picked up a medal, but just missed all-conference accolades (top three) with a fourth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 7.45 meters.

In the women’s long jump, Natasha Stewart placed fourth with a mark of 6.07 meters.

The USF women are tied with Rutgers for eighth place with 18 points trailing SMU who leads with 44 points. The USF men are in seventh place out of eight teams with 11 points, trailing first place Louisville which has 59 points.

Many of the event finals will occur Saturday as the meet concludes at The Armory in New York.

 

Long Jump
4. Natasha Stewart, 6.07m
17. Rachael Klinger, 5.56m
 
Women's Pentathlon

Women's Pentathlon
2. Rachael Klinger, 3841

Long Jump
4. Natasha Stewart, 6.07m
17. Rachael Klinger, 5.56m
Pentathlon - 60 m Hurdles
6. Rachael Klinger, 8.09, 931 points
Pentathlon - High jump
2. Rachael Klinger, 1.67m, 818 points
Pentathlon - shot put
1. Rachael Klinger, 11.05m, 598 points
Pentathlon – long jump
2. Rachael Klinger, 5.69m, 756 pts
Pentathlon – 800m
4. Rachael Klinger, 2:26.44, 738 pts
Pentathlon
2. Rachael Klinger, 3841 points
 

 


USF Heads to Indoor Conference Championships
Feb 27, 2014
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TAMPA, FEB. 27, 2014 – USF will be among the eight men’s teams and 10 women’s teams to compete in the first American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday in New York, N.Y.

The meet, held at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, begins on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and concludes Saturday afternoon.

Defending Big EAST champion UConn and defending Conference USA champion Houston are favorites to win the men’s team title, but USF has several runners who can compete for medals, awarded to the top six finishers. Shane Lewis (Orlando) and Matthew O’Neal (Jackson, Miss.) currently rank second and third, respectively, in the triple jump behind Louisville’s Ben Williams.

The USF men have 13 competitors ranked among the top 10 in the American including Devin Screen (third) in the weight throw, Giscard Petion (third) in the high jump and Alfred Higgs (fourth) in the 60 meters.

The women’s team race is more open with SMU and Houston as the favorites. The Bulls have six women ranked in the conference’s top 10 including Marquesha Stallworth (second) in the triple jump, Racheal Klinger (second) in the pentathlon and Natasha Stewart (third) in the long jump.

The top three individuals in every event will make up the all-conference team.

Last season, the men’s team placed third behind individual titles by Chase Meyers (high jump) and O’Neal (triple jump). The women placed fourth with Big East Indoor Performer of the Meet Monique Williams leading the way.


Bulls Preview Conference Meet Site in NYC
By Tom Zebold
Feb 6, 2014

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TAMPA, FEB. 6, 2014 – USF gets to take an early look at the site of the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships this weekend at The Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City.

The event takes place Friday and Saturday at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory and head coach Warren Bye said the Bulls are ready to go following a week off from competition.

“It’s probably one of the finest venues in the country for an indoor track and field meet,” Bye said. “That’s where our conference meet will be, so we’re going to bring the kids up there and get used to how we do things. We’ll stay at the same hotel, get over to the venue to compete and do everything like we’ll do at the conference meet.”

The Bulls competed the last time out at the Jack Johnson Classic at the University of Minnesota, where Natasha Stewart won the long jump while USF posted eight top-three and 21 top-10 finishes Jan. 24-25.

“Overall it was a pretty good weekend for us,” Bye said. “Kids did really well in the field event areas and the running events are coming along.”

Freshman Catherine Blaney (Belleview, Fla.) and sophomore Bethany Evans (Neptune Beach, Fla.) get this weekend’s action started 9:30 a.m. Friday in the women’s 3K, while Rachael Klinger competes in the field events.

A notable field event for the Bulls on Saturday will be the women’s high jump at 1:15 p.m., when Courtney Anderson begins her run towards another NCAA Championship berth. The senior from Cape Coral, Fla., became USF’s first female high jumper to score and earn All-America honors by placing second at last season’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.

This weekend’s meet will serve as a valuable experience for the Bulls, who will return to The Armory for the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships that take place Feb. 28-March 1. Before that, USF competes at the Cupid Classic Friday, Feb. 14 in Birmingham, Ala.


Stewart Paces Bulls in Day One at Minnesota
Jan 24, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., JAN. 24, 2014 – Junior Natasha Stewart’s first place finish in the long jump led the USF track and field team in day one of the Jack Johnson Classic.

Stewart won the event with a jump of 5.93m (19-05-50), the fifth best jump in school history and nearly a foot further than Western Michigan’s Kathryn Pickett who landed a mark of 5.67m (18-07.25). Stewart currently holds three of USF’s top 10 jumps all time.

Freshman Tiah Sanborn finished sixth in the event with 5.35m (17-06.75). Both contributed to the Bulls’ total of 32 points scored which places the women third in the team standings behind South Dakota (50) and Minnesota (40).

Also scoring for the women was Bethany Evans and Catherine Evans in the 5,000 meter run. Bethany finished fourth with a time of 17:59.92 while Catherine placed fifth in 18:02.60.

Senior Rachael Klinger sits in second place after three events in the pentathlon with 3,675 points. Stewart won the shot put, placed second in the high jump and was sixth in the 60m hurdles. She trails Western Michigan’s Kathryn Pickett by one point.

Senior Kevin Bell led the men with a second place finish in the long jump at 7.16m (23-06.00).

The meet, hosted by the University of Minnesota, concludes Saturday with the majority of the events.

Women's Pentathlon
2. Rachael Klinger, 3675

Pentathlon - Hurdles
6. Rachael Klinger, 9.08, 893 points
Pentathlon - High jump
2. Rachael Klinger, 1.65m (5-05.00), 795 points
Pentathlon - shot put
1. Rachael Klinger, 11.00m (36-01.25), 595 points
   

DI Women’s Track & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, All-Academic Individual Awards Announced
By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA
July 24, 2013
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NEW ORLEANS – Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth, Brigetta Barrett of Arizona and Bethany Buell of South Dakota have been named the Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division I for the 2013 women’s track & field seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced Wednesday.

These three women’s combination of academic and athletic achievement was exceptional among a group of 710 women who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic distinctions. The full breakdown of All-Academic selections can be found below.

D’Agostino, a junior psychology major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.67, is the first woman in Division I to sweep the indoor and outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year awards since the award’s inception in 2008. These two awards brings her career track total to three, with another in cross country this past fall. The last Division I student-athlete to sweep the award for all three seasons was 2009-10 when David McNeill of Northern Arizona did so. Oregon’s Galen Rupp accomplished the feat the previous season.

Not only did the Topsfield, Mass., native sweep the Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, but she also won every NCAA individual track & field event she entered this season with titles indoors at 3000 and 5000 meters and outdoors at 5000 meters.

For the third consecutive year the indoor field Scholar Athlete of the Year award went to Barrett, a senior theater arts major with a cumulative 3.543 GPA. She is the first Division I woman to earn Scholar Athlete of the Year distinctions — either indoors or out, track or field — in three consecutive years.

The Wappingers Falls native’s indoor campaign culminated with her third-straight NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships high jump title, and she is a finalist for The Bowerman for the second consecutive year.

The outdoor field Scholar Athlete of the Year award went to Buell, a junior psychology major with a 3.97 cumulative GPA. The native of St. Louis, Mo., became South Dakota’s first Division I national champion when she claimed the pole vault title at the Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.

Duke Tops All-Academic Individuals List with 14 Honorees; Big Ten is the Top Conference

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 710 women from 187 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom. Duke garnered the most All-Academic individual nods with 14, followed by both Stanford and Arkansas with 13 apiece. Minnesota earned 12 honors, with three other teams tied at 11 to round out the top five.

The Big Ten topped the conference competition with 76 All-Academic individuals, narrowly edging out the SEC with 71 and the Pac-12 with 66.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Athlete GPA Major
Rachael James 3.55 Communication Systems and Disorders
Rachel Klinger 3.36 Pre PhyscialEducation
Miriam Skipper 3.66 Entrepreneur and Applied Tech
Yasmin Smith 3.94 Physical Education

Bulls Claim Three Titles at BIG EAST Meet
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02/16/2013

OHIO - The University of South Florida Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field teams collected three BIG EAST Conference Titles, eight All-Big EAST honors, three school records and advanced 12 student-athletes to finals after day one of the league championships held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Saturday. The men's squad is currently leading the team standings with 44 points while the women are second sitting at 29 points.

The Bulls swept the long jump titles with Monique Williams winning her second-straight indoor crown in the event posting a leap of 19-7. Neaman Wise captured the title on the men's side with a personal-best mark of 24-7.25. Wise also won the league crown during the 2012 outdoor championship last spring.

USF dominated the long jump field with the women claiming three of the top four spots with Williams in first, Samantha Specht in third (19-0.75) and Miriam Skipper in fourth (18-10.5). Joining Wise on the men's long jump podium was Kevin Bell who finished third with a mark of 24-0.25 while Brian Kilts finished fifth (23-4)...

Two other Bulls picked up All-BIG EAST honors in senior Jared Thomas who finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 63-2 and Rachel Klinger who posted a career-best 3,802 points in the pentathlon for third. Klinger PR'd in three of the five events to post her highest finish ever that is also just 89 points shy of the USF school record.

A dozen USF student-athletes will compete in the finals on Sunday. Alfred Higgs will run in both the 60m and 200m finals and will be joined by Wise in the 60m. Pascal Orelus posted the sixth-fastest 400m time to move on to the next round while Landon Hargrove also finished sixth in the 60m hurdles prelims to earn a spot in Sunday's final...

q-qualified for finals, !- personal best, sr-school record)

Women's Pentathlon
3. Rachel Klinger, 3,804 points! (89 points shy of school record)
10. Lindsay Arnold, 3,260 points
12. Kaylin Martin, 2,795 points!

Pentathlon - Hurdles
3. Rachel Klinger, 8.87!
5. Lindsey Arnold, 9.13!
9. Kaylin Martin, 9.33
Pentathlon - High jump
T2. Rachel Klinger, 5-6.5 (1.69m)!
11. Lindsay Arnold, 4-9 (1.45m)
T12. Kaylin Martin, 4-5.5 (1.36m)
Pentathlon - shot put
8. Rachel Klinger, 33-10.75 (10.33m)
9. Lindsay Arnold, 33-4.75 (10.18m)
13. Kaylin Martin, 21-0.5 (6.41m)
Pentathlon - long jump
2. Rachel Klinger, 17-11.75 (5.48m)
9. Lindsay Arnold, 16-5 (5.00m)
12. Kaylin Martin, 15-9.75 (4.82m)

Pentathlon - 800
5. Rachel Klinger, 2:23.25!
8. Lindsay Arnold, 2:28.55!
10. Kaylin Martin, 2:31.41


Bulls Pass Big East Prep Test
By TOM ZEBOLD
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2/2/2013

TAMPA - Drew Volz posted a pole vault win and two Bulls broke school records Saturday at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup.

Volz beat competitors from Connecticut, Virginia and meet host Penn State with a mark of 16' 6 ¾" that head coach Warren Bye said he can top moving forward.

"He's been very consistent and he's ready to make a breakthrough at the Big East Indoor Championships," Bye said. "We're hoping to see him go over 17 feet and beyond."

Senior Jared Thomas set a new USF indoor record with a weight throw of 64' 11 ½" and sophomore Justin Osking moved up to the program's top spot in the shot put.

The Bulls as a whole posted eight finishes in the top three and had nine new Big East indoor qualifiers. USF also had 10 finishes that rank in the top 10 of events in the school's record books.

"Overall it was a very, very good day for us," Bye said. "The kids stepped up their game and competed very well against very, very good competition. It set us up well for the Big East Indoor Championships in two weeks."

A highlight on the women's side was Rachael Klinger, who placed second in the pentathlon with a total of 3,655 points that rank second in USF women's indoor history. Klinger's performance included second-place finishes in the long jump and 800, and a third-place time in the 60-meter hurdles.

Atasha Warren set a new personal record in the weight throw for the fourth straight meet. The graduate student from Wabasso, Fla., took fourth place with a mark of 48' 5 ¼" in Saturday's event.

"She just keeps improving. She's ready to bust out of that 50-foot mark," Bye said.

 

Saturday's USF Results

Pentathlon - final results
2. Rachael Klinger, 3,655 points
8. Lindsay Arnold, 3,275 points

Pentathlon - 60 hurdles
3. Rachael Klinger, 9.06
8. Lindsay Arnold, 9.29
Pentathlon - high jump
4. Rachael Klinger, 5' 3 ¼"
16. Lindsay Arnold, 4' 9 ½"
Pentathlon - shot put
3. Lindsay Arnold, 35' 4"
6. Rachael Klinger, 34'
Pentathlon - long jump
2. Rachael Klinger, 18' 3"
12. Lindsay Arnold, 16' 6"

Pentathlon - 800
2. Rachael Klinger, 2:26.22
11. Lindsay Arnold, 2:29.38


Klinger, Arnold Set New Personal Bests in Indiana
By TOM ZEBOLD
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1/18/2013
By TOM ZEBOLD

TAMPA - Two USF women's track and field student-athletes set new personal records at the Gladstein Invitational on Friday.

Rachael Klinger finished third in the pentathlon while Lindsay Arnold took fifth place in the indoor event at Indiana University.

"Lindsey moved into fifth all-time in the pentathlon (at USF) and Rachael stayed in third, but moved her point total up. All in all, it was a pretty good day," head coach Warren Bye said.

Klinger's total of 3,474 points topped her previous best of 3,310 points the junior earned at an event in 2011. Arnold's 3,201 points were just enough to move her past Vanetta Randle in the USF indoor record books. Randle totaled 3,200 points back in 2007.

"This gives them an idea of where they're at. Rachael was a little bit under the weather, but everything else went well," Bye said.

The rest of the USF track and field team will be in action Saturday at the Notre Dame Invitational.

USF Finishers in Women's Indoor Pentathlon

3. Rachael Klinger, 3,474 points
5. Lindsay Arnold, 3,201 points

60 hurdles
2. Rachael Klinger, 9.00
4. Lindsay Arnold, 9.22

High jump
3. Rachael Klinger, 5' 3 ¾"
6. Lindsay Arnold, 4' 11"
Shot Put
2. Lindsay Arnold, 34' ¼"
6. Rachael Klinger, 30' 7 ¾"
Long Jump
1 Rachael Klinger, 17' 10 ¾"
5. Lindsay Arnold, 16' 5 ¾"

800
2. Rachael Klinger, 2:34.91
5. Lindsay Arnold, 2:38.04


USF Heads to Indiana, Notre Dame This Weekend
By TOM ZEBOLD
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01/17/2013

TAMPA - The USF track and field team will have two groups of in two different places this weekend as preparation for the Big East Indoor Championships continues.

Head coach Warren Bye will accompany pentathlon competitors Lindsay Arnold, Rachael Klinger and freshman Kaylin Martin at Indiana University's Gladstein Invitational on Friday. The rest of the Bulls will take part in the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.

USF has made the Gladstein Invitational a routine trip and Bye said it prepares the Bulls well for the grind that leads up to Big East indoors on Feb. 16 in Geneva, Ohio.

"The schedule sets up to where we can do a pentathlon, take a week off, do another pentathlon at Penn State, take a week off and be ready for the Big East Championships," Bye said.

Friday will mark the first-ever pentathlon for Martin, who excelled in hurdles and the high jump at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M.

"We've had a pretty good history of kids that hurdle and high jump, and have really good speed, so we're going to see what she can do," Bye said. "It will be a challenge for her, but it will be good for her."

Klinger redshirted last year during indoors and is in her second season competing in the pentathlon. The junior made a splash in the pentathlon two indoor seasons ago when she posted 3,310 points to rank third all-time in USF's history book.

Bye said Arnold trained well during the summer and fall, and the junior will look to improve her personal best indoor total of 2,738 points that rank her eighth all-time at USF...


Wise Wins Long Jump Title on Day 2 of T&F Champs
By TRAVIS DOWNEY
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05/05/2012

TAMPA - A conference title in the long jump, two school records and four top three finishes highlighted action for the University of South Florida on day two of the BIG EAST Track and Field Championships, held at the USF campus on Saturday. Overall the Bulls 11 student-athletes in the top eight while advancing 10 to Sunday's final heats...

Earning a spot on the podium with her third place finish in the heptathlon was senior Rachel Etienne, who rounded up a personal-best 5,187 points over the seven events to set the USF school record in the event. Etienne's point total was the best by a Bull since 2003 and she became the first USF student-athlete to post a top-three finish in conference history. Etienne was joined in the top eight by Rachael Klinger who finished fifth with a PR of 4,971 points and Alex Ware who placed eighth with a PR of 4,608 points.

Nicole Smith continued the USF tradition in the pole vault as she finished second with a leap of 12-7.5 (3.85m). USF, who had won the title in the event the last two seasons, has now had an athlete place in the top three for five-straight years. Brittany London also scored after clearing 12-3.5 (3.75m) for fourth overall.

Also earning points for the Bulls on the second day were senior Atasha Warren, who finished sixth in the shot put (48-9, 14.86m), junior Monique Williams, who placed sixth in the long jump (19-4.75, 5.91m), sophomore Kevin Bell who also placed sixth in the long jump (23-11.5, 7.30m), sophomore Brian Kilts with his seventh place finish in the high jump (6-6.25, 1.99m), and senior Sarah Canter with her eighth place finish in the javelin (133-2 (40.58m)...

In the team standings, the women currently sit in third place with 37 points while the men are in seventh with 26 points.

Day Two Results

Heptathlon Heptathlon Long Jump
3. Rachel Etienne, 5,187 points - school record
5. Rachael Klinger, 4,971 points
8. Alex Ware, 4,608 points
10. Lindsay Arnold, 4,528 points
2. Rachel Etienne, 18-10.5 (3.0w) (5.75m)
T3. Rachael Klinger, 17-10.75 (2.6w) (5.45m)
9. Alex Ware, 16-10.75 (5.15m)
11. Lindsay Arnold, 16-5 (5.00m)

Heptathlon Javelin Heptathlon 800m
3. Lindsay Arnold, 101-8 (31.00m)
5. Alex Ware, 92-10 (28.30m)
6. Rachael Klinger, 89-11 (27.41m)
8. Rachel Etienne, 82-3 (25.08m)
1. Rachel Etienne, 2:11.66
5. Rachael Klinger, 2:24. 27
9. Alex Ware, 2:34.53
12. Lindsay Arnold, 2:42.39

Trio of Bulls place at Big East T&F Championships
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05/04/2012

TAMPA - Three University of South Florida Bulls placed in the top eight on the first day of the 2012 BIG EAST Track and Field Championships, held on the USF campus on Friday. Seniors Jared Thomas and Atasha Warren led the group in the hammer throw while senior Nicole Rozario stepped up in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Warren and Thomas both had banner days in the hammer as they not only placed but set personal-bests and improved their spots in the USF record books. Neither was ranked in the league in the event in heading into the meet.

Warren posted a personal-best mark of 178-2 (54.32m) on her sixth and final throw to jump to and finish seventh overall, giving USF two points in the team race. Her toss is the fourth-best in USF history, bettering her own mark that she set earlier in the year by almost six feet (172-11).

Thomas also PR'd, recording a throw of 176-10 (53.89m) on his second toss of the day to give him sixth place overall and earn three points for USF. The senior out-threw his previous PR of 176-8 by two inches giving him the second best mark in program history.

In the steeplechase, Rozario, who was set the school record in the event earlier in the season, posted a 10:21.35 for sixth place. The mark is the second-best time now in program history.

After four events of the heptathlon, the Bulls have four athletes in contention to place led by sophomore Rachael Klinger who currently sits in third place with 3,091 points. Klinger finished in the top five in three of the four events, with her best showing coming in the high jump where she finished tied for third at 5-5.25 (1.66m), outdoing her previous PR of 5-3.75 by an inch and a half.

Senior Rachel Etienne sits in fourth with 3,089 points while sophomore Lindsey Arnold is eighth and senior Alex Ware is in ninth heading into the final three events on Sunday.

Heptathlon Heptathlon 100m Hurdles Heptathlon Shot Put
3. Rachael Klinger, 3,091 points
4. Rachel Etienne, 3,089 points
8. Lindsey Arnold, 2,927 points
9. Alex Ware, 2,926 points
3.Lindsay Arnold, 14.51 (2.1w)
4. Rachel Etienne, 14.57
5. Rachael Klinger, 14.58 (2.1w)
10. Alex Ware, 15.12

1. Alex Ware, 39-5.25 (12.02m)
6. Lindsey Arnold, 35-9.5 (10.91m)
8. Rachael Klinger, 34-1.25 (10.39m)
9. Rachel Etienne, 33-5.25 (10.19m)


Heptathlon High Jump Heptathlon 200m
T3. Rachael Klinger, 5-5.25 (1.66m)
6. Rachel Etienne, 5-4.25 (1.63m)
T10. Alex Ware, 5-0.5 (1.54m)
12. Lindsay Arnold, 4-11.5 (1.51m)
1. Rachel Etienne, 25.11 (2.1w)
5. Rachael Klinger, 25.61 (2.1w)
8. Lindsay Arnold, 25.98
9. Alex Ware, 26.29

Wise, Bulls Have Road Trip to Remember
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04/15/2012

The Bulls hit the road for three different meets this weekend and took home some pretty nice souvenirs.

Neamen Wise set a school outdoor record in the decathlon at the University of Georgia, while two other groups from the USF track and field team combined for eight event wins and 20 finishes in the top three at events in Tallahassee and Tampa.

"Overall it was a really good weekend," head coach Warren Bye said. "We got done what we needed to get done at each place. We achieved our goals of what we wanted to do."

A trio of Bulls took on multiple events at the University of Georgia with Wise competing in his first decathlon in a very long time, while Rachael Klinger and Rachel Etienne took part in their second heptathlon of the year.

Wise placed sixth in the decathlon with 6,536 points that gave him the school record after winning the 100 in 10.87 seconds and finishing as the top athlete in the 400 at 49.29 seconds. The Bulls' previous top outdoor decathlon mark was set by Grant Scelzi in 2009 when he totaled up 6,532 points.

"It was the first decathlon he's done since the World Junior Championships in Canada back when he was a freshman," said Bye of Wise. "I was happy to see him be able to get through that event and break a school record out of it."

Etienne placed fourth in the heptathlon with 4,877 points and Klinger wasn't far behind in sixth place with 4,591 points on Saturday.

The Bulls posted four event winners and 12 finishes in the top three on Friday and Saturday in Tallahassee...

A majority of the Bulls' squad will compete at the LSU Alumni Gold event this coming Friday and Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.

"It's going to be two good, solid track meets we're going to and it will give the kids another chance to get geared up and ready for the Big East Championships at home in a couple of weeks," Bye said.

The Big East Outdoor Championships take place May 4-6 at the USF track and field stadium.

5. Rachael Klinger, 2,890 points
100 hurdles: 14.90
High jump: 5' 3.75"
Shot put: 34' 10.25"
200: 26.59
Long jump: 18' 5"
Javelin: 77' 1"
800: 2:36.36


04/12/2012

TAMPA - The Big East outdoor track and field championships take place in Tampa in three weeks and the Bulls are traveling all over the map to get ready for them.

USF head coach Warren Bye has taken members of his squad and strategically placed them in three different locations this week - Georgia, Tallahassee and Tampa - with a goal of getting each student-athlete further prepared for tough conference competition at USF track and field stadium May 4-6.

Neamen Wise is participating in his first decathlon of the season Thursday and Friday at the Georgia, while Rachel Etienne and Rachael Klinger take part in their second heptathlon on Friday and Saturday at the Bulldogs' home meet.

A total of 31 other Bulls will be at FSU to compete in field, hurdles and running events at the Seminole Invitational that takes place Friday and Saturday.

Combine those meets with 16 USF runners participating in the University of Tampa Invitational on Saturday and it makes for a very busy weekend for the Bulls.

"It's to fine-tune in three different areas at three different places to get some kids in certain events an opportunity to compete," Bye said. "They just get another opportunity to go before the Big East Championships in three weeks."

The Bulls will finish their regular season April 20-21 at the LSU Alumni Gold event in Baton Rouge, La.


Bulls Rack Up Big East Qualifiers
By TRAVIS DOWNEY
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03/03/2012

TAMPA - The Bulls scooped up a bunch of achievements on the first day of the UNF Spring Break Invitational.

The USF track and field team posted five top-three finishes and 15 Big East qualifiers Friday in Jacksonville in the Bulls' first outdoors meet of the spring season.

"It was a good starter meet for the kids to give them an opportunity to get outside and compete," head coach Warren Bye said. "We'll see what happens tomorrow."

Jessie Prendergast took second in one of the final events of the day when she posted a 5K time of 18:37.21. Rachel Etienne took third in the long jump with a leap of 18' 9.75" while Tralonda Todd wasn't far behind in sixth at 18' 5.75.

Kevin Bell had a busy day, finishing second in the long jump with a Big East qualifying result of 23' 4.75" (wind assisted) and posting a time of 10.87 in the 100 meters. Drew Volz also competed late in the day and got second place in the pole vault at 16' 5.25."

Other Big East Outdoors qualifiers were Ena Johnson (100 hurdles), Rachel Klinger (100 hurdles), Landon Hargrove (110 hurdles) and Camilo Calderon (110 hurdles).

Saturday offers the Bulls another chance to rack up Big East qualifiers and they'll be plenty of athletes to keep an eye one. Yasmin Smith will compete in the 1,5000 after redshirting during the indoors season.

Jared Thomas will be taking park in the discus, and Etienne and Castillo will represent the USF women and men in the 400 hurdles. The Bulls will be trying out their arms in the javelin with Lindsay Arnold, Sarah Canter, Shelly Dulman and Klinger competing.

Saturday's schedule of events and results can be viewed here.

Women's 100 hurdles   Women's long jump  
7. Ena Johnson, 14.63
8. Rachel Klinger, 14.76
11. Samantha McCan, 15.08
15. Lindsay Arnold, 15.23
16. Rachel Etienne, 15.25
17. Alex Ware, 15.34
33. Shannon Gordon, 17.23
3 Rachel Etienne, 18' 9.75"
6. Tralonda Todd, 18' 5.25"
10 Rachel Klinger, 17' 9.50"
12 Miriam Skipper, 17' 4"
22 Alex Ware, 16' 0.25"


TAMPA - Several Bulls have the ability to come up big on the scoreboard come Big East time in jumps and combined events this track and field season.

USF gets to resume its indoor schedule Friday at the Bob Eubanks Open in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bulls get another chance to qualify for the Big East Championships...

"I really think he will be in the Big East title hunt if he can stay healthy," Olson said. "He really has the talent and potential to be a conference champion."

Sophomore Bryan Kilts also gives USF depth in the long jump and high jump after qualifying for Big East in both events last season.

Rachael Klinger will lead the combined events for the USF women after scoring at Big East last season as a freshman in the heptathlon and pentathlon. Etienne also will help in the heptathlon along with competing in the 400-meter hurdles.

Junior Naeman Wise, a junior, will be relied heavily upon by the USF men after placing third at Big East last season in the long jump and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles.


Klinger Opens Hep at U.S. Junior Championships
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06/23/2011

    EUGENE, Ore. - Rachael Klinger scored 2,734 points on the first day of the heptathlon at the U.S. Junior Track & Field Championships on Thursday and stands in 17th place entering the second day of competition. She scored over 700 points in three of the first four events, led by 851 points in the 100-meter hurdles, where she placed 11th with a time of 14.93.

Klinger added 771 points in the high jump thanks to a personal-best clearance of 5-4.25. She tied for eighth in the event. After a difficult shot put that resulted in 390 points, Klinger finished off the day with a 26.88 in the 200 meters to post 722 points.

The heptathlon will conclude on Friday with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters. Events will kickoff at 12:40 p.m. EST. In addition, David Aristil will begin competition in the 400-meter hurdles at 9:30 p.m. EST. To follow the live results, visit www.usatf.org.

 

Heptathlon
17. Rachael Klinger, 2,734
100-Meter Hurdles
11. Rachael Klinger, 14.93 (851)
High Jump
T8. Rachael Klinger, 1.63m (5-4.25) (771) (PR)
Shot Put
23. Rachael Klinger, 7.86m (25-9.50) (390)
200 Meters
18. Rachael Klinger, 26.88 (722)

 


Klinger to run at junior nationals after stellar year
By TRAVIS DOWNEY
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06/20/2011

    Rachel Klinger’s freshman track season at the University of South Florida can be called a lot of things: impressive, eye-opening, recordbreaking, historic even. Just don’t call it lucky.
    One year removed from being named the All Sports Association/ Daily News’ girls Track Athlete of the Year, Klinger burst onto the scene with the Bulls last season, setting numerous school records. In April, Klinger punctuatedherstellar debut season by qualifying for the 2011 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which opens Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The junior nationals serve as the national championship meet for athletes 19 and younger.
    Still, Klinger isn’t at all surprised by her early success.
    “I knew that as long as I stayed motivated like I did in high school, I would be able to thrive,” Klinger said.
Klinger, who will compete in the heptathlon, agrueling seven - event , two-day test of one’s mental and physical capacities, will do so looking to further cement her status as one of the elite freshmen talents to ever come through the USF golf program.
    Already, Klinger’s point total of 4,619 at the Big East Outdoor Championships rank as the fourth-highest total by a freshman in school history and is just four points shy of the school record by a freshman.
    It didn’t come easy, though.
    “Rachael is a very committed athlete,” Bulls’ coach Warren Bye said. “She has a tireless work ethic, she is what we call a track rat. She would spend all day at the track if you would allow her to.”
    During the indoor season, Klinger finished seventh at the Big East Championships in the pentathlon with a personalrecord 3,310 points, the third highest total for a USF freshman. Once outdoor season started, Klinger really got going.
    After finishing second at the USF Collegiate Invitational — setting new personal records in the 200-meter dash (25.97), 100-meter hurdles (15.53), long jump (18-02.25) and shot put (31-09.50) in the process — Klinger set a new personalrecordatthePolytan Invitational at the University of Indiana with 4,533 points to qualify for junior nationals. Only the top 16 point totals qualify for junior nationals.
    A few weeks later, Klinger’s season-long quest for a medal came to fruition, when at the Big East Outdoor Championships she took sixth.
Now, she hopes she can bring it all together on the sport’s biggest stage.
    “It’s really going to come down to who does it on that day,” Klinger said. “I’m hoping it all comes together. I really want to get 4,700 points and break the school record.”


Von Eynatten Wins BIG EAST Pole Vault Title
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05/07/2011

   PHILADELPHIA - Denise von Eynatten completed a conference sweep of the pole vault to help put the University of South Florida women's track and field team into a tie for second with 44 points after the second day of the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday. The men's team sits in eighth place after two days with 12 points.

After setting a meet record and winning the conference crown indoors earlier this season, von Eynatten duplicated her performance outdoors with a meet record 13-9.75 clearance. She was one of four Bulls to score in the event as Stephanie Duffy took second after clearing 13-3.50. Dana Webb was fourth with a 12-11.50 clearance and Nicole Smith earned a point with an eighth-place finish (12-3.50). The Bulls scored 24 of their 44 points in the event.

Casey Wagner added eight points in the javelin behind a second-place throw of 160-4, while Nicole Rozario contributed a sixth-place finish in the Steeplechase behind a time of 10:32.82. Rachael Klinger contributed three points to the team total with a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon (4,619 points).

In addition to the scorers, the women's team saw two other athletes advance to finals on Sunday. Rachael James qualified eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 55.20, while Shaniel Chambers also qualified eighth in the 800 meters with a 2:09.71 clocking.

100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
11. Ena Johnson, 14.26
14. Rachael Klinger, 14.79
16. Lindsay Arnold, 15.50
Heptathlon
6. Rachael Klinger, 4,619 points
9. Alex Ware, 4,219 points
12. Lindsay Arnold, 4,001 points
Long Jump (Hep.)
4. Rachael Klinger, 5.41m (17-9) (674)
8. Alex Ware, 5.05m (16-7) (573)
11. Lindsay Arnold, 4.77m (15-7.75) (498)
Javelin (Hep.)
t4. Lindsay Arnold, 29.30m (96-1) (463)
7. Rachael Klinger, 26.30m (86-3) (407)
10. Alex Ware, 25.18m (82-7) (386)
800 Meters (Hep.)
8. Rachael Klinger, 2:30.99 (681)
9. Alex Ware, 2:34.79 (634)
12. Lindsay Arnold, 2:44.37 (524)

 


Noe Third in Hammer Throw at BIG EAST Meet
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05/06/2011

   PHILADELPHIA - Junior Lauren Noe got the University of South Florida started at the BIG EAST Championships on Friday with a third-place finish in the hammer throw. With the finish, Noe scored six points and earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in her career. She also scored outdoors in the hammer last season, finishing seventh. Noe will also compete in the discus on Sunday and will look to improve on her eighth-place finish from last season.

In other action, three Bulls opened competition in the heptathlon with freshman Rachael Klinger leading the way. Klinger tallied 2,857 points after the first four events. She started strong with a second-place finish and 858 points in the 100-meter hurdles (14.88). After posting 461 points in the shot put, Klinger tied for fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 5-3.25, which tied her personal best, for 747 points. She finished off the day by running a 26.07 in the 200 meters to score 791 points.

Junior Alex Ware has the next-best score for the Bulls with 2,626 points, while freshman Lindsay Arnold scored 2,516 points after the first day. Ware set a personal best in the 200 meters with a 26.52 to score 752 points and tied her best in the high jump with a 4-11.75 clearance for 644 points. Arnold set personal bests in two events, the shot put and 200 meters, with her top score of the day coming in the 100-meter hurdles, 821 points thanks to a 15.16 clocking...

Heptathlon (After Four Events)
- Rachael Klinger, 2,857 points
- Alex Ware, 2,626
- Lindsay Arnold, 2,516 points
100-Meter Hurdles (Hep.)
2. Rachael Klinger, 14.88 (858)
6. Lindsay Arnold, 15.16 (821)
10. Alex Ware, 16.02 (712)
Shot Put (Hep.)
8. Alex Ware, 9.82m (32-2.75) (518)
9. Lindsay Arnold, 9.76m (32-0.25) (514) (PR)
12. Rachael Klinger, 8.95m (29-4.50) (461)
High Jump (Hep.)
T5. Rachael Klinger, 1.61m (5-3.25) (747) (T-PR)
T11. Alex Ware, 1.52m (4-11.75) (644) (T-PR)
T13. Lindsay Arnold, 1.31m (4-3.50) (419) (PR)
200 Meters (Hep.)
8. Rachael Klinger, 26.07 (791)
10. Lindsay Arnold, 26.41 (762)
11. Alex Ware, 26.52 (752) (PR)
 

Bulls Finish Off Heptathlon at FSU Relays
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03/24/2011

   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of South Florida had four Bulls finish off the heptathlon at the FSU Relays on Thursday afternoon. Freshmen Rachael Klinger and Lindsay Arnold, sophomore Natasha Pelton and junior Alex Ware competed in the final three of the seven-event competition.

Klinger earned the top USF finish, placing third with 3,381 points, while Arnold took seventh with 2,870 points. Pelton was next for the Bulls in ninth place with 2,773 points and Ware finished 10th with 2,687 points.

Klinger's top event finish of the day came in the long jump, where she tied for third with a leap of 16-11.25. She added an eighth-place finish in the javelin (77-6) and a seventh-place finish in the 800 meters (2:39.91). Ware was USF's top finisher in both the jav and the half. She placed fifth with a throw of 84-2 and added a 2:39.68 in the 800 to finish sixth.

The rest of the Bulls track and field team is headed to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday. Live results will be available on deltatiming.com.

Heptathlon
3. Rachael Klinger, 3,381 points
7. Lindsay Arnold, 2,870 points
9. Natasha Pelton, 2,773 points
10. Alex Ware, 2,687 points
Long Jump (Hep.)
t3. Rachael Klinger, 5.16m (16-11.25)
7. Natasha Pelton, 4.54m (14-10.75)
8. Lindsay Arnold, 4.28m (14-0.50)
10. Alex Ware, 3.51m (11-6.25)
Javelin (Hep.)
5. Alex Ware, 25.65m (84-2)
8. Rachael Klinger, 23.63m (77-6)
9. Lindsay Arnold, 23.59m (77-5)
10. Natasha Pelton, 17.57m (57-8)
800 Meters (Hep.)
6. Alex Ware, 2:39.68
7. Rachael Klinger, 2:39.91
9. Lindsay Arnold, 2:42.04
11. Natasha Pelton, 2:55.28

Four Bulls Take On Heptathlon at FSU Relays
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03/23/2011

   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of South Florida women's track and field team had four athletes open competition in the heptathlon on Wednesday at the FSU Relays. Freshman Rachael Klinger currently sits in third place after the first four events with 2,778 points, while freshman Lindsay Arnold (2,496 points), junior Alex Ware (2,485 points) and sophomore Natasha Pelton (2,335 points) rank seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

The Bulls opened the day with the 100-meter hurdles. Arnold finished second in the event with a 15.02, while Klinger placed fourth after clocking a 15.08. The athletes then moved on to the high jump, where Klinger tied for second. She was clean through 5-3.25, but was unable to get over at 5-4.50 and ended up scoring 747 points.

Ware moved up in the standings after placing third in the shot put with a toss of 32-2.25. Arnold finished just behind Ware with a put of 31-5.75. In the final event of the day, Klinger led the Bulls contingent with a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 26.35.

The Bulls athletes will finish the seven events with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Heptathlon (Day One)
3. Rachael Klinger, 2,778 points
7. Lindsay Arnold, 2,496 points
8. Alex Ware, 2,485 points
9. Natasha Pelton, 2,335 points
100-Meter Hurdles (Hep.)
2. Lindsay Arnold, 15.02
4. Rachael Klinger, 15.08
7. Natasha Pelton, 15.68
11. Alex Ware, 16.76
High Jump (Hep.)
t2. Rachael Klinger, 1.61m (5-3.25)
6. Alex Ware, 1.52m (4-11.75)
10. Natasha Pelton, 1.40m (4-7)
11. Lindsay Arnold, 1.28m (4-2.25)
Shot Put (Hep.)
3. Alex Ware, 9.81m (32-2.25)
4. Lindsay Arnold, 9.59m (31-5.75)
9. Rachael Klinger, 8.52m (27-11.50)
10. Natasha Pelton, 7.51m (24-7.75)
200 Meters (Hep.)
6. Rachael Klinger, 26.35
7. Lindsay Arnold, 26.37
8. Natasha Pelton, 27.13
9. Alex Ware, 27.14
 

Wagner and von Eynatten Break School Records
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3/18/2011

    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

200 Meters
3. Dariel Jackson, 23.80
13. Shambrey Oliver, 24.73
18. Christine Poole-Trice, 25.02
T27. Ashanti Stewart, 25.52
37. Lindsay Arnold, 26.27
38. Rachael Klinger, 26.53
41. MaShonda Rayner, 27.06
100-Meter Hurdles
2. Ena Johnson, 14.31
4. Lindsay Arnold, 14.70
8. Rachael Klinger, 15.12
13. Alex Ware, 15.39
20. Natasha Pelton, 16.17
Long Jump
12. Marqueshia Stallworth, 17-0.75
14. Tralanda Todd, 16-11.50
15. Rachael Klinger, 16-11.25
16. Miriam Skipper, 16-10
18. Alex Ware, 16-8
20. MaShonda Rayner, 16-4.25
21. Natasha Pelton, 15-4.25
22. Lindsay Arnold, 15-2

Javelin
1. Casey Wagner, 156-1
3. Sarah Canter, 133-1
12. Rachael Klinger, 81-5
15. Natasha Pelton, 5-54
17. Alex Ware, 49-4


Bulls Have Strong Start at BIG EAST Indoors
02/19/2011

   AKRON, Ohio -- The University of South Florida track and field team opened the first day of competition at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships at the Stile Athletics Field House in Akron, OH on Saturday. Day one was highlighted by nine new personal records for the Bulls.

"We had nine PR's today, five on the women's side and four on the men's, so that's always good to have life-time bests," said head coach Warren Bye. "We advanced several to the finals tomorrow, so that's very good as well. I expect all of them to do very well. In the horizontal jumps, I think we have a very good chance at scoring some points in both the men's and women's [standings]. We also have pole vault tomorrow, which will be good ... we're expecting to score there as well."

Freshman Rachael Klinger set new PR's in each of the pentathlon events she competed in (60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m run). She scored a total of 3,310 points, which is the highest point total of her collegiate career.

Four men also saw new personal bests. Sophomore Mike Vani placed fifth in the pole vault with a 16-2.75 jump. Also in the jumps, senior Antillio Bastian leaped 22-11.75, which replaces his previous best mark of 22-5 he set earlier in the season at Minnesota...

Pentathlon
7. Rachael Klinger, 3310 pts

13. Lindsay Arnold, 2688 pts
14. Alex Ware, 2414 pts



Niceville's Klinger signs with South Florida track
Travis Downey Daily News
05/23/2010

   NICEVILLE — The ink had not yet dried when Niceville senior Rachael Klinger looked to her left and felt her eyes begin to water.

   Sitting quietly one table over was Fred Carley — the man who first introduced Klinger to the hurdles as an eighth-grader and had since inspired her to become a coach herself one day — and his eyes were also welling up with emotion just after she signed a track scholarship to the University of South Florida.

   When I was at Ruckel my eighth-grade year, first year of ever doing track, he pinpointed me out and said, ‘You look like you should be a hurdler,’ ” Klinger recalled. “He took the time to show an eighth-grader such a technical event. He knew the success would come.”

   Come it did, as Klinger, a District 2-3A champion in the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and the high jump as well as a state placer in the high jump (second) and the 100 hurdles (sixth), fulfilled a childhood dream by signing a Division-I track scholarship.

   Klinger is one of 13 members of the Bulls’ 2010 signing class that features three state champions, one two-time state champion and two other state runner-ups. After visiting the Tampa campus — and taking in the newly renovated USF Soccer-Track and Field Stadium — and speaking closely with Bulls track coach Warren Bye, Klinger said choosing USF was easy.

   “The first thing that stuck out is he was really serious about his program,” Klinger said. “I’m so blessed that he’s giving me the opportunity.”

   Klinger will report to USF on June 23 to start her summer semester of classes and begin working out with her own personal trainer in preparation for her freshman season, where she is expected to compete in the heptathlon, an event she has never before competed in.

   But having run the 200 in middle school and competed regularly in the 100 hurdles and high jump — two of the highest-scoring events in the six-event heptathlon — both Klinger and Bye feel she has a good base upon which to build.

   Niceville track coach Sherman Eller believes that despite all of the success and personal records Klinger set over the past few months, her brightest days remain in front of her.

   “The improvement that I’ve seen and been a part of has been amazing,” Eller said. “But I think she still has a tremendous amount to grow. The sky’s the limit.”


Bulls Sign 13 With 2010 Recruiting Class
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05/18/2010

    TAMPA - Head Coach Warren Bye and the University of South Florida track and field program announced their 2010 signing class today, highlighted by three state champions, including one two-time state title winner who ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the triple jump. In addition, three more recruits finished as runner-ups in their respective events at the state meets.

A total of 13 student-athletes will join the Bulls in the fall and add to a roster that will return a good nucleus of talent to the 2010-11 women's track and field team but will lose several key members from the men's team. The incoming recruits boast seven state championships combined during their high school days.

USF will add six members to next year's women's team, which brings back nearly every BIG EAST qualifier. Of USF's 36 different conference qualifying marks for the 2010 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, 32 belong to athletes returning next season.

Niceville, Fla., product Rachael Klinger will give the Bulls depth in the high jump and hurdles after placing second in the high jump at the 3A championships as well as sixth in the 100 hurdles for Niceville High School. Klinger leapt 5-4 in the high jump for her second-place showing, slightly off her all-time PR of 5-6, and ran 14.91 to place sixth in the 100 hurdles. She owns an all-time PR of 14.72 in the hurdles. She also competes in the 300 hurdles, where she owns an all-time best of 45.53.

A leap of 15-0 in the pole vault gave...