WHERE: Bauer Track & Field Complex, Rutgers University
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The weekend the Bulls have been preparing tirelessly for all spring is finally here.
The Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships takes place Friday through Sunday at the Bauer Track & Field Complex on the campus of Rutgers University.
USF made program history last spring when the men’s squad finished second and the women’s team finished third in Tampa. The Bulls’ men’s team took third place and the women finished fourth at the Big East Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 17 in Geneva, Ohio.
“The coaches and the student-athletes have been working hard all semester. We want to build off what we started last year as well as what we did at the indoor championships,” head coach Warren Bye said. “We’ll be keeping a close eye on the field events. For us to be successful I think we’ve got to step up in those events.”
Here is a look at key events to keep an eye on and what USF has to offer during competition:
Women’s Hammer Throw, Noon: Senior Atasha Warren has the league’s eighth-best mark of 172-8 this season.
Men’s Shot Put, 11 a.m.: Sophomore Justin Osking ranks sixth in the Big East with a mark of 53-9.25 this season.
Women’s Long Jump, 11:30 a.m.: Senior Monique Williams is tops in the Big East this season with a mark of 20-3.5 in the event. “She’s done a great job this year winning the Big East Indoor Championships in the long jump and the triple jump,” Bye said. Miriam Skipper, Samantha Specht and Natasha Stewart also will compete in the event.
Women’s Javelin, Noon: Graduate student Casey Wagner is a three-time NCAA qualifier and holds the school record in the event with a mark of 160-4.
Women’s Pole Vault, Noon: Sophomore Britanny London ranks fifth in the Big East with a mark of 12-9.5. Senior Nicole Smith finished second at last season’s outdoor meet.
Men’s Long Jump, 2 p.m.: Senior Neamen Wise won the event last season and grabbed the league’s top mark of 25 feet earlier this spring at the Texas Relays. Juniors Kevin Bell and Bryan Kilts also will be competing.
Men’s High Jump, 4:30 p.m.: Sophomore Chase Meyers is the defending indoor champion and his mark of 7-1 is the best in the league this spring. “When you hit the 7-foot mark in the high jump, that’s a great mark,” Bye said. Bryan Kilts and sophomore Giscard Petion also will be competing in the event.
Women’s 1,500, 1:30 p.m.: Graduate student Yasmin Smith and sophomore Kelli Williams will compete in the event.
Women’s 110 Hurdles, 2 p.m.: Senior Ena Johnson and sophomore Narricka Williams rank in the league’s top 20 in the event.
Men’s 110 hurdles, 2:15 p.m.: Junior Landon Hargrove ranks eighth in the league with a time of 14.37 seconds. Freshman Nick Friel also will be competing.
Women’s 400, 2:30 p.m.: Rachael James is sixth in the conference with a time of 54.01 seconds. Junior Christine Poole-Trice ranks ninth with a time of 54.67 seconds.
Men’s 400, 2:45 p.m.: USF record-holder Pascal Orelus has the league’s seventh-fastest time of 47.50 seconds this season. Sophomore Franklin Mosely also will be competing.
Women’s 100, 3 p.m.: Aireonna Bailey, Dariel Jackson, Monique Williams, Melissa Teape and Kadeidra Jackson will be competing. Williams is third in the conference with a time of 11.51 seconds with Bailey and Jackson close behind at 11.55 seconds.
Men’s 100, 3:15 p.m.: Kevin Bell, Roshard Williams and two-sport star Derrick Hopkins will be competing. Bell’s time of 10.48 seconds is the fastest in the league this season.
Women’s 800, 3:30 p.m.: Yasmin Smith ranks 13th in the conference with a time of 2:08.62.
Men’s 800, 3:50 p.m.: Freshman Otniel Teixiera ranks 11th in the league with a time of 1:51.57.
Women’s 400 Hurdles, 4:10 p.m.: Ena Johnson, Narricka Williams and Samantha McCan will be competing.
Men’s 400 Hurdles, 4:25 p.m.: Freshman Paul Barrett, junior Camilo Calderon and sophomore Richard-Jean Baptiste will be competing. Barrett ranks second in the league with a time of 51.94 seconds.
Women’s 200, 4:40 p.m.: Aireonna Bailey, Dariel Jackson, Kadeidra Jackson, Rachael James and Melissa Teape will be competing. “It looks like another event that bodes well for us. I hope to see three in the finals there,” Bye said.
Men’s 200, 4:55 p.m.: Kevin Bell, Roshard Williams and Alfred Higgs will be competing. Bell ranks eighth in the league with a time of 21.39 seconds.
Men’s Pole Vault, 10 a.m.: Sophomore Drew Volz is the defending indoor champion in the event. Wyatt Metzger, Winston Perry, Brian Baird and Eddie Galan also will be competing.
Men’s Discus, 10 a.m.: Justin Osking and Eddie Galan will be competing.
Women’s Triple Jump, 10:15 a.m.: Monique Williams, Tralanda Todd, Marqueshia Stallworth and Natasha Stewart will be competing. Williams ranks 17th nationally with a mark of 42-5.25 this season.
Men’s Triple Jump, Noon: Freshman Matthew O’Neal and Shane Lewis will be competing. O’Neal owns the Big East’s top mark of 52-10, which also is a new USF record in the event, and he ranks fourth nationally.
Women’s Discus, Noon: Atasha Warren ranks 10th in the league with a mark of 151-4 this season.
Women’s High Jump, Noon: Junior Courtney Anderson ranks 10th nationally with a mark of 6 feet this season. Paige Cooke and Lauren Kilts also will compete in the event.
USF Competitors at Big East Outdoor Championships
Courtney Anderson, high jump Aireonna Bailey, 100, 200, 4x100, 4x400 Mira Carrozza, javelin Paige Cooke, high jump Shelly Dulman, javelin Dariel Jackson, 100, 200, 4x100, 4x400 Kadeidra Jackson, 100, 200 Rachael James, 200, 400, 4x400 Ena Johnson, 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles Lauren Kilts, high jump Britanny London, pole vault Samantha McCan, 400 hurdles Robyn Oakley, 4x800 relay Christine Poole-Trice, 400, 4x400 Abby Ritter, 4x800 relay Laticia Sims, 100 hurdles Miriam Skipper, long jump Nicole Smith, pole vault Yasmin Smith, 800, 4x800 Samantha Specht, long jump, 400 Marqueshia Stallworth, triple jump Ashanti Stewart, 400 Natasha Stewart, long jump, triple jump Melissa Teape, 100, 200, 4x100, 4x400 Tralanda Todd, long jump, triple jump Casey Wagner, javelin Atasha Warren, shot put, discus, hammer Kelli Williams, 4x800 Monique Williams, long jump, triple jump, 100, 4x100 Narricka Williams, 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles
Men Brian Baird, pole vault Paul Barrett, 400 hurdles, 4x400 Kevin Bell, long jump, 100, 200, 4x100 Camilo Calderon, 400 hurdles Nick Friel, 110 hurdles Eddie Galan, pole vault Landon Hargrove, 110 hurdles, 200, 4x100 Alfred Higgs, 200, 4x400 Derrick Hopkins, 100, 4x100 Richard Jean-Baptiste, 400 hurdles Bryan Kilts, long jump Shane Lewis, triple jump Wyatt Metzger, pole vault Chase Meyers, high jump Franklin Mosely, 400, 4x400 Matthew O’Neal, triple jump Pascal Orelus, 400, 4x400 Justin Osking, shot put, discus Winston Perry, pole vault Giscard Petion, high jump Otniel Teixeira, 800 Drew Volz, pole vault Roshard Williams, 100, 200 Neamen Wise, long jump, 4x100