TAMPA - The USF track and field team posted its best-ever
finishes Sunday at the Big East Track and Field Indoor Championships while
senior Monique Williams also made program history.
Chase Meyers (high jump) and Matthew Oneal (triple jump) won
titles for a USF men's team that took third place with 89 points, behind Notre
Dame (105.5 points) and champion UConn (143) at SPIRE Institute in Geneva,
Williams won the triple jump and later became the program's
first Big East Indoor Performer of the Meet after the USF women's team took
fourth place with 84.5 points. Notre Dame won the title with 141 points and was
followed by UConn (109 points) and Villanova (98.5).
Williams' triple jump win came a day after she won the long
jump. The Boca Raton, Fla., native also placed ninth the 60-meter finals and
set a new personal record during her triple jump victory.
School records have fallen each week this spring during USF's
stops to Alabama, Notre Dame, Kansas and Penn State. Head coach Warren Bye said
the program's best finishes in the Big East indoor meet are testaments to the
hard work everyone has put in all season.
"It says a lot about what our coaches have done recruiting
and preparing our kids. It says a lot about what our kids have done working
hard, stepping up and getting better," Bye said. "The results prove it and I'm
proud of everybody."
The Bulls as a whole won six titles over the two-day event including
every jumping event on the men's side. USF's winners on Saturday were Williams,
Neamen Wise (long jump) and Drew Volz (pole vault).
Three more school records were broken on the USF women's
side on Sunday. Courtney Anderson topped her previous program record with a
high jump mark of 5' 11 ¼" that earned her a second-place ribbon. Rachael James
set the program's new 400-meter record in prelims and outdid that when she took
second with a time of 54.39 seconds in the event. The 4x400 team of James,
Melissa Teape, Aireonna Bailey and Christine Poole-Trice set a new USF record
with a third-place time of 3:39.47.
"Going into the meet we had to take care of the field events
and by the looks at things, we did," Bye said. "It was a very good weekend for