TAMPA, MARCH, 18, 2017 – The University of South Florida track and field team completed the 2017 Bulls Invitational on Saturday with two event victories in the 4x100m women’s relay and the heptathlon and five top 10 marks in program history.
Day two began on the track with USF claiming first in the women's 4x100m relay. The team of Chelsea Francis (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jada Massie (Bradenton, Fla.), Krysten Golden (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), and Shenica Bazile (Naples, Fla.) won with a time of 45.86, seventh best in program history.
Sophomore Mikeia Pooler (Orange City, Fla.) then displayed a strong showing over the long jump, javelin, and 800m dash events to win the heptathlon. Pooler’s 4,672 points moved her into fifth place on the USF record board.
Beginning her final outdoor season at USF, senior Melissa Westmoreland (Jupiter, Fla.) finished runner-up in the 3k steeplechase with a time of 11:09.78, sixth best in program history.
Fellow senior Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) placed third in the 100m hurdles. The 13.93 posting was seventh best at USF.
The Bulls achieved six, top 10 USF marks (five female) during the Bulls Invitational.
Sophomore Raekwon Scott (DeLand, Fla.) placed second in the 110m hurdles (14.88).
Francis also placed second in the 200m dash (24.45).
Sophomores David Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Joe Fogarasi (Columbia, Conn.) finished second and third in the pole vault.
Senior Tierra Lacey (Hollywood, Fla.) placed second in the women’s triple jump.
The Bulls will travel southeast to compete in the Miami Invitational on Saturday, March 25.
About USF Track and Field
Led by 11th-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 nine of the last 10 years. Recent graduate Matthew O’Neal is USF’s first six-time NCAA All-American. The Bulls return all-conference performer David Akins (pole vault) and Michael Babinec (steeplechase), as well as NCAA qualifier Bernicia Holifield (hammer throw). The Bulls’ next home meet will be the USF Invitational April 21-22. The Bulls are home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.