PHILADELPHIA - The University of South Florida track and field teams finished competition at the BIG EAST Championships on Sunday with the men's team placing fourth with 95 points and the women's team coming in eighth with 58 points. The men's fourth-place finish was its top showing at an outdoor conference meet since 1995, when they finished second in the Metro Conference. In addition, the men's team finished with three individual champions, Derrick Hopkins in the 100 meters, Antillio Bastian in the 200 meters and David Aristil in the 400-meter hurdles, while the women's team had one individual title, Denise von Eynatten in the pole vault.
"I'm very proud of how our teams competed this weekend," said head coach Warren Bye. "We had some great individual performances that led to a strong finish on the men's side. We would have liked to score a little more on the women's side, but we still had some strong individual performances that we can build on moving towards the regional."
After entering the day in eighth place with 12 points, the men's team ran off a series of victories and strong finishes that led to 83 points on Sunday. Hopkins, who won both the 100 and 200 meters indoors, used a personal-best and stadium-record 10.44 to take the 100. Bastian captured the 200 meters with a personal-best 21.15. He scored 17 points overall for USF after placing third in the 100 meters (10.58) and eighth in the long jump (23-3.50). Aristil successfully defended his title in the 400-meter hurdles behind a personal-best and stadium-record 50.03. That time currently ranks as the seventh-fastest in the nation.
Three other individuals earned All-BIG EAST honors for the men's team and both sprint relays finished in the top three. Jared Thomas earned eight points with a second-place finish in the discus (185-3), while Pascal Orelus placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 47.54 and Shane Lewis was third in the triple jump (50-0).
The 4x100-meter relay team of Neaman Wise, Kayvon Webster, Hopkins and David Hunter finished second with a time of 40.77, just .08 seconds behind winner Connecticut, who finished in 40.69. The 4x400-meter relay of Reshaw Exilien, who scored in both the 200 and 400 meters, Orelus, Camilo Calderon and Aristil placed third with a 3:11.08 clocking.
The women's team entered the final day in a tie for second with 44 points and added 14 points on the final day of competition. Monique Williams and Marqueshia Stallworth combined for 11 points in the triple jump. Williams finished third with a personal-best 41-4.25, while Stallworth also used a personal best to place fourth (40-10.50). Shaniel Chambers added the women's other points with a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:09.67.
Next weekend, a select group of Bulls will head to the UNF Last Chance meet in Jacksonville, Fla. with an eye on qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be held May 26-28 in Bloomington, Ind.
6. Shaniel Chambers, 2:09.67
12. USF, 3:48.30
(C. Poole-Trice, A. Stewart, E. Johnson, S. Chambers
3. Monique Williams, 12.60m (41-4.25) (PR)
4. Marqueshia Stallworth, 12.46m (40-10.50) (PR)
17. MaShonda Rayner, 11.36m (37-3.25)
18. Tralanda Todd, 11.31m (37-1.25)
19. Lauren Noe, 38.45m (126-2)
1. Derrick Hopkins, 10.44 (PR)
3. Antillio Bastian, 10.58
5. Kayvon Webster, 10.65
1. Antillio Bastian, 21.15 (PR)
6. Reshaw Exilien, 21.65
3. Pascal Orelus, 47.54
4. Reshaw Exilien, 47.98
1. David Aristil, 50.03 (PR)
8. Neaman Wise, 55.59
2. USF, 40.77
(N. Wise, K. Webster, D. Hopkins, D. Hunter)
3. USF, 3:11.08
(R. Exilien, P. Orelus, C. Calderon, D. Aristil)
3. Shane Lewis, 15.24m (50-0)
2. Jared Thomas, 56.46m (185-3)