NEW YORK, FEB. 4, 2017 – Following a 14 day break from competition, the University of South Florida track and field team returned to action at the Villanova Invitational on Saturday.
The Bulls tallied 10, top three finishes at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Center.
The highlight of the day was the performance of freshman Curtis Thomas. The Auburndale, Florida native finished second in the 60m. His 6.74 seconds tied Lindsey Lamar for the school record.
Sophomore Joe Fogarasi (Columbia, Conn.) won the pole vault with a distance of 16-6.75 (5.05 m). Fellow sophomore David Bell (Jacksonville) utilized a 15-7 pole vault (4.75 m) to place second.
Senior Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) started the day with an 8.58 time in the 60m hurdles. Her third place finish was sixth best all-time in USF history.
The Bulls set five, top 10 USF marks (three women, two men).
Head coach Warren Bye on the team’s performance and results:
“We came out strong in the field events and it continued throughout on the track tonight. It has been 14 days since we last competed. I wasn’t sure how our young group would react. We had talked about being mentally tough and how they each would handle adversity in our team meeting last night. Most of them stepped up when they needed to. They still have a long way to go but we are improving as a team. The results will tell us that much.”
· Senior Bernicia Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.) won the weight throw with a new personal record 61-3 (18.9 m), third best in program history.
· Senior Michael Babinec (Riverview, Fla.) was victorious in the 3000m. His 8:25.89 was the second fastest in program history.
The Bulls will compete next at the Hoosier Hills in Bloomington, Ind. The Feb. 10 event will take place at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. USF’s home meet, its first of the season, will be the Bulls’ Invitational March 17-18.
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). USF hosts the Bulls Invitational March 17-18 and the USF Invitational April 21-22. USF is home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.