David Bell earns All-Conference honors as Bulls take four of the top eight spots in the men's pole vault
HOUSTON, MAY 14, 2017 – The young South Florida track and field team concluded the 2017 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship with its best performance of the weekend.
Sophomore pole vaulter David Bell (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed second in the men's pole vault with a height of 16-9.25. The runner-up finish earned Bell his second all-conference honor (2017 Indoor Championship).
The Bulls netted 20.5 points in the men's pole vault as junior David Akins (Orlando) also took fourth (16-5.25), sophomore Joe Fogarasi (Columbia, Conn.) finished fifth (16-1.25) and senior Cody Chernoff (Naples, Fla.) placed seventh (16-1.25).
Senior Khadeeja Dooling (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.84), tying her personal-best.
The pole vaulting success continued to the women's side as sophomore Stephanie Lambeth (Frankenmuth, Mich.) also finished fifth in the event (12-11).
Freshman Yohance Haynes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and classmate Derwin Moultrie (Miami) placed sixth and seventh in the 800m. Haynes crossed the finish line at 1:52.13 and Moultrie ended the race at 1:52.76.
In the men's triple jump, sophomore D'Angelo Ennis (Jamaica) posted a distance of 48-11.75, a sixth place showing.
Sophomore Chelsea Francis (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished seventh in the 200m (23.94).
In the final event, USF took fifth in the 1600m relay. The team of Moultrie, Nock, Terry and Haynes finished in 3:13.50.
Head coach Warren Bye on how the young Bulls competed:
“I am proud of the way our young team competed this weekend! I am happy with our development and the improvement we have made over the course of the outdoor season.”
Coach Bye on the USF underclassmen and growth:
“As I stated at the indoor championships. We compete in one of the most competitive track and field conferences in the country. However, we still have much work to be done with this young, talented group. I think our team now has a better understanding of our expectations and what they have to do to compete at this level. I have to say though, they have stepped up to compete at a very high level. Along with the improvement of our young team and a strong recruiting class, my expectations are for this program to move upward and be much more competitive at all levels in the 2018 season.”
The Bulls set one school record, and posted 12 all-time top 10 marks at the outdoor championship.
The women's 4x100m relay team set the second-best mark in program history (45.16).
Lambeth's 12-11 height in the women's pole vault ranks fifth in the USF history books.
The men's 1600m relay team posted the fifth-best time in program history (3:13.50)
The men's 400m relay team ranks seventh in the USF history books (40.83).
Khadeeja Dooling ran the 400m hurdles in 1:01.81, 10th best in program history.
The NCAA East Preliminary will be held in Lexington, Ky. May 25-27.
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 graduateMatthew O'Nealis 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 are home to the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary.