TAMPA- The USF track and field team will kick off the home half
of their 2012 outdoor season Thursday and Friday with the Bulls Invitational.
The meet, which will feature over hundreds of athletes from
25 schools around the country, is the largest home meet the Bulls have ever
Coming off a strong performance at the Big East Indoor
Championships, the Bulls are looking to continue their success in an area they
feel most comfortable in.
"Our team is more confident when it comes to outdoor,
because that is what they are used to in the state of Florida," said head coach
Warren Bye. "It's great that we get to open up at home in front of family,
friends, and the community."
The Bulls' goal of improving their finish at Big East this
season after the men finished fourth and the women eighth last year, will start
with hitting qualifying times and marks, as well as shooting for personal-best
performances during these early meets.
USF got off to a good start in their first meet of the
outdoor season, the UNF Invitational March 2-3, with 30 qualifiers for the Big
East Championships that the Bulls will host May 4-6.
"I think we naturally will build off the UNF meet," said
Bye. "I think it has a lot to do with being home. Our team is mentally fresh
and ready to go.
In addition to the Big East qualifiers in Jacksonville, USF
posted four event winners along with 13 top-three finishes.
The Bulls will be looking to add more qualifiers and top
performances to their resume on Friday, but they will have to do so against
some stiff competition.
Not only will the team go up against tough in-state
competition such as Florida State, but USF will also go head-to-head with
fellow conference members Louisville, Rutgers, and Marquette.
"Our guys had a really good week of training," said Bye. "It
will be good weather, good atmosphere, and good competition. I am excited to
watch and see what they can do."
The competition, which is free to the public, kicks off
Thursday with the men's and women's hammer event at 3 p.m. The majority of the
meet will take place on Friday with the field events starting at 9:30 a.m. and
the running events at 2:30 p.m.