STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of South Florida track and field team traveled to Penn State this weekend to compete at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. The Bulls came away with 19 new personal records and set a new meet record in women's pole vault.
Senior Stephanie Duffy vaulted 13-6.25 to take first place in the competition. With that mark, she also set a new Sykes-Sabock meet record. Duffy shattered the previous record (13-1.50), which was set back in 2007 by Erin Mahony of Virginia Tech. The mark also moves her to 14th on the national list.
"This was a good meet for us this weekend in preparation for the BIG EAST Championships," said head coach Warren Bye. "We had 19 personal records on Saturday, which is an incredible feat in itself. The kids really stepped up and competed well for us. This is what they need to do in two weeks at the Championships. We are improving in every event area of our program and we showed that tonight.
"Stephanie set the meet record and so we are really proud of her," he said. "We need to get (and stay) healthy, take care of business in the classroom and get ready to get it done in Akron in two weeks."
Freshman Camilo Calderon set a personal best in the 400 meters, running a 50.27. David Aristil also set a new PR of 48.31 in the race.
In the mile, junior Philip Wise ran a 4:14.03 for a new personal record. He also set a new indoor PR in the 3000m with an 8:43.73 mark.
Aristil also had a successful day in the 60-meter hurdles. He set a new PR of 7.79, breaking his old record (7.98) he set two weeks ago at the Minnesota Classic.
Over in the jumps, freshman Sharif Hudson took second place when he cleared 6-10.25, and set a new personal record. Fellow freshman Bryan Kilts also set a new personal record with 6-8.25 leap.
Freshman Shane Lewis and senior Antillio Bastian took first and second place, respectively, for the third straight week in the triple jump. In doing so, Lewis set a new personal best with a 50-5.25 jump. Bastian jumped 48-4, which was his second-best effort of the season.
For the women, Monique Williams had a new personal record in the 60 meters, running a 7.66. Her previous PR (7.75) came at the first meet of the season (the Saluki Fast Start).
In the 200m, Dariel Jackson and freshman Christine Poole-Trice both had personal bests. Jackson ran a 24.69 while finishing in 6th place and Poole-Trice ran a 25.25. Poole-Trice also set a new personal best in the 400m, running a 57.21, which beat her previous best (57.46) at the Bob Eubanks Open. The time moves Poole-Trice up to seventh place in the record books.
The 800m race had two new personal records for Shaniel Chambers and Yasmin Smith. Smith was in the first heat and beat Chambers' previous record by more than three seconds (2:10.69). In the second heat, Chambers' came back and beat Smith's mark with a 2:10.38 race. The pair placed second and third, respectively in the race and Smith is now in third place in the all-time record books.
Junior Devin Spoerle shattered her previous 3000m PR by more than 13 seconds with a time of 10:32.18. Freshman Jessie Prendergast also had a new personal best with a time of 10:44.66.
In the throws, junior Atasha Warren set a new PR with a 56-9.50 toss of the 25 lb. weight. That beat her previous mark of 56-1 she set last year.
Freshman Marqueshia Stallworth and Tralanda Todd set new personal bests in the triple jump, leaping 39-1.25 and 37-6, respectively. The mark moves Stallworth up to fifth place in the all-time record books for triple jump.
The Bulls now have a week off before competing in the BIG EAST Championships in Akron, Ohio, Feb. 18-20.