Cross Country Opens Up Season With Win

September 09, 2011
Casey Brooke Lawson

The University of South Florida cross country teams opened up their season at the University of Tampa's Early Bird Classic in Brandon Friday night. The women's team had an impressive first-place finish with 24 points in the 5k, while the men finished up seventh overall with 130 points in the 4-mile race.

"I thought they ran well for the first meet of the season," said cross country coach Dena Reif.

Senior Allie Prendergast set a personal best with a time of 17:53, placing first overall. Teammate Senior Nicole Rozario was right behind her with a time of 18:26, placing second in the meet. Rounding out the top three was junior Yasmin Smith with a time of 18:29. Senior Devin Spoerle (18:56, 8th) and freshman Kelli Williams (19:11, 10th) were the number four and five runners for the Bulls, both finishing in the top 10 respectively.

"The girls had two good packs going," said Reif. "We still have more work to do, but this is definitely a good start".

Sophomore Connor Bauer as the Bulls' top men's finisher with a time of 20:37 in the 4-mile race, placing him 15th overall. Senior Lucas Simari finished 20th with a time of 20:59. Rounding out the top 25 was sophomore Steven Fernandez with a time of 21:03, placing him 24th overall.

"Without having our number one runner (Phillip Wise, out with injury) I expected someone would have to step up," said Reif. "I thought they did well, even though some of them thought they could've been faster".

The team will look to continue its success at the USF Invitational Saturday Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Claw.


15 Connor Bauer      20:37

20 Lucas Simari      20:59

24 Steven Fernandez  21:03 

30 Jonathan Bing     21:14 

43 Felix Soto        21:34

56 Bryan Hilgar      22:00 

83 Josh Reilly       23:08 


1 Allie Prendergast   17:53

2 Nicole Rozario      18:26 

3 Yasmin Smith        18:29

8 Devin Spoerle       18:56

10 Kelli Williams     19:11

11 Shaniel Chambers   19:12

13 Christine Johnston 19:20 

49 Rachael James      21:05

53 Eva Vitucci        21:23 

55 Robyn Oakley       21:31

71 Katie Rozar        22:02

77 Shenequa Fisher    22:19 

98 Sarena Humphrey    23:36 

102 Ann Delaney      23:50

103 Monique Konstantinovic 23:56

104 Courtney Uhlar        23:56 

108 Stephanie Clark       24:35 

114 Mariah Andersen-Otten 25:00 

116 Christine Poole-Tice  25:27

118 Gabrielle Vazquez     25:41 

123 Christina Maree       26:01

124 Lauren Lumley         26:11

125 Britni Templeton      26:13 

127 Nikole Brate          26:37 

130 Rosa Canas            27:11 

138 Reanne Graves        28:22 

145 Nichelle Taylor      30:48


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